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Ski Brule Offers A Chance To Ride With An Olympic Gold Medalist

Nick-at-Ski-Brule Nick Baumgartner at Ski Brule with his son Landon.

Upper Michigan's Ski Brule is hosting a celebration for the hometown hero and Olympic gold medalist Nick Baumgartner, who claims the ski area as his home hill having grown up in Iron Mountain. The celebration will take place Sunday, March 11 from 5-10 p.m. He will be riding the slopes from noon to 3 p.m., and lift ticket holders are invited to join him. A great chance to get some pictures and video skiing or riding with an Olympic medalist.

Baumgartner grew up and has lived in the UP all his life. He started working at the ski area when he was 14. He was training at Brule prior to heading for China. Having competed in 2010, 2014 and 2018 Olympics, the 40-year-old was the oldest Olympic snowboarder in American history. The age-defying snowboarder plans to continue his snowboarding career competing in the 2022/23 World Championships in Bakuriani, Georgia, and the evening is billed as a fundraiser to help with his travel and food expenses so he can continue his pursuit.

The evening will include time for autographs and photos with Baumgartner, a silent auction and raffle as well as entertainment. There will be plenty of hors d'oeuvres and drinks available.

Ski Brule is offering a college spring break special March 10-13 and again March 17-27. Show your college ID and lift tickets are just $55 per day. They are also offering a lift, lodging and meals special from $247 per person midweek and $262 weekend. The package includes two nights of lodging.

A longtime Midwest family favorite, Brule offers a variety of terrain – slopes, terrain parks, terrain trails, and half pipes – that flow off a 500-foot ridge. The ski area has 17 trails, two terrain trails, three terrain parks, and 11 lifts. The longest runs are up to a mile.

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