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The latest news, deals, and events from ski resorts throughout North America.

Plenty New At Minnesota Ski Resorts This Winter; Camps, Lifts, Facilities, Eateries

Giants Ridge Minnesota’s ski season is underway with Wild Mountain already open, Lutsen scheduled to open this weekend, and snowmaking underway at several other ski areas scattered across the Gopher State.

 

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Minnesota's Wild Mountain First To Open In Midwest; Trollhaugen, Wisc. Plans Saturday Debut

Wild Mt. first to open for '14It’s a Halloween opening for Wild Mountain in Taylors Falls, Minn., sticking with a 40-year tradition of being the first Midwest resort to open.

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‘Local Hills’ Of Midwest, West Are Convenient, Fun, Family-Oriented

Buck Hill, MinnFrom Buck Hill to Howelsen Hill; from Wild Mountain to Sipapu, the U.S. abounds with local “family-oriented” ski hills that offer fun, convenience, and budget-friendly prices for all ages.

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Northern Minnesota Resorts Celebrate Coming Of Spring With Reason

Giants Ridge

Spring finally starts to arrive along Minnesota's Arrowhead by the end of March. Located along the shores of Lake Superior there’s reason to celebrate when it finally does. 

 

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Looking For An Airbag Around The Midwest? Here's Where To Find Them

Ski Brule Acro-bag

Good news for budding Midwest Olympians looking to perfect aerial landings in snowboarding and skiing events. There are at least six ski areas scattered around the Great Lakes that now offer airbag jumps on a regular basis. 

 

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January Is Learn To Ski/Snowboard Month Across Heartland

Apple Mt. Learn To Ski

January is National Ski and Snowboard Month, but the movement actually started years ago in the Heartland through the Midwest Ski Areas Association. Choose from many offers next month.

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Minnesota Resorts Make Improvements For Season; Afton, Lutsen Top List

Welch Village

Several Minnesota ski areas have been busy this summer making improvements for this season. Afton Alps and Lutsen led the way with major capital improvements.

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Minnesota's Wild Mountain First In Midwest To Open (Again)

Wild Mt. 2012 Opening Day

Ski area opening bragging rights in the Midwest once again go to Wild Mountain who is opening today (Oct. 22). It’s the 12th October in the last 28 years that Wild has been able to open.

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‘Game On’ For Loveland, A-Basin As Snowmaking, Snow Return Thursday

Loveland Snowmaking

Barely a week into fall, and its “game on” for both Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin as both areas prepare to open for the 2013-14 season.

 

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Winter Crashes Fall’s Arrival Party With Early-Season Snow

Squaw Valley Snow

Fall officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere Sunday bringing colder temperatures and snow across the inter-mountain west and high peaks of the Northeast.

 

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Minnesota Ski Areas Association Formed

Wild Mountain

The Twin Cities Independent Ski Areas Association and MnSNO recently combined to form the Minnesota Ski Areas Association. This new group will champion Minnesota’s spread out ski areas that account for 24 percent of the winter tourism economy.

 

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Minnesota Skiers/Riders Enticed By Sweet Lift Ticket Deals

Spirit Mountain (David Bloomquist)

Conditions are some of the best the Heartland has seen in the last few years, and Minnesota ski areas are enticing skiers and riders with some sweet lift ticket deals to get out and enjoy the great snow.

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Midwest Is Ideal For Learning To Ski And Ride In January

Apple Mt.

The Midwest Ski Areas Association was a forerunner in the January National Ski & Snowboard Month before it became national. Our region of the country is ideal for learning to ski and snowboard. Here are some samples.

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Vail Resorts Acquires Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton In Midwest; 'Good For Our Area' Say Competitors

Afton Alps

Vail Resorts announced Thursday they are expanding into the Heartland with the purchase of Afton Alps, near the Twin Cities, and Mt. Brighton near Detroit. The news caught many Midwest ski industry people by surprise.

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Midwest Ski Season Off To Best Start In Several Years

Indianhead

Many ski resorts across the Midwest were able to open this past weekend, even as far south as southern Indiana where Perfect North Slopes was open.

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Wild Mountain First To Be Fully Open

Wild Mt. fully open

Wild Mountain, Minn. appears to be the first ski area in America to be fully, 100 percent open for the new season. That’s on top of being the very first area to open for sliders earlier this fall.

 

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Midwest Resorts Plan Thanksgiving Opening; Some Already Open

Boyne Mt. snowmaking

Thanksgiving is typically when many Midwest ski resorts hope to open for the season. A few have already opened, and several are offering discounted overnight packages for early season snowsports enthusiasts ready to kick-start the season. 

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A Taste of Winter In the Midwest, Northeast; The Real Deal In The Rockies

Arapahoe Basin

After a couple quick tastes of skiing and snowboarding in the Midwest and Northeast, the 2012-13 ski and snowboard season finally kicked off for good in the Colorado Rockies Wednesday at Arapahoe Basin.

 

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Wild Mountain First Ski Area In Nation To Open; Earliest Ever In Midwest

Wild Mt. Opening Day '12

Ski area opening bragging rights go to the Midwest for the 2012/13 season.  Wild Mountain, east of the Twin Cities along the Minnesota/Wisconsin border, opened today (10/7/12).

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Plenty Of Season Pass Deals Still On Sale In Midwest

Boyne Mountain

It may be the middle of August during one of the hottest Heartland summers on record, but several of the region’s ski areas are currently offering their best season pass deals for the 2012/13 season.

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