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Financially Troubled Spirit Mountain Receives Aid From Duluth

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Duluth's city-owned ski area, Spirit Mountain, continues its financial struggles as the city grapples with what to do with the financially strapped ski area.

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Ski Brule Remained Closed This Past Winter

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For the first time in 65 years, Ski Brule, a longtime ski resort in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, did not open for the season.

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Whitefish Mountain Adding New Six-Seat High-Speed Lift

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A new high-speed, six-person lift is coming to Whitefish Mountain Resort they announced this week, according to an article in the Daily Inter Lake. The new lift will help ease congestion at the Base Lodge, which is the primary access for most skiers up the mountain.

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Vail's Midwest Ski Areas Lower Season Pass Rates

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Vail Resorts has announced a 20% decrease in their Epic season passes for the 2021-22 ski season, and that also includes their Epic local passes at all their Midwest ski areas. A little bit of good news for those skiers that like to mainly ski local.

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Lutsen Mountains Staying Open Through April

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Great spring skiing conditions kick off April at Lutsen Mountains and the famed Mountain Meltdownfor the final full week of the season, April 1-11, and they guarantee at least 40 runs open into April.

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Fire Takes Wild Mountain's Maintenance Barn

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A fire broke out in Wild Mountain's maintenance barn on March 30 destroying the structure, according to the Minnesota ski area in a Facebook post.

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Granite Peak Staying Open Daily Into April

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Granite Peak has remained open into mid-April the last few seasons and plans on doing so again this season despite a warm Midwest winter that has shut down all other Wisconsin ski areas.

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Lower Michigan Ski Resorts Remaining Open Into April

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Many ski areas across the lower Midwest have already closed for the season, but three ski resorts in northwest lower Michigan are planning on staying open through the first weekend of April and celebrating Easter on the slopes. With the longer days and warmer temperatures, spring offers some of the best slope times of the season.

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Indy Pass Road Trip: Along Lake Superior

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Longer days, warming temperatures, and still plenty of snow along Lake Superior in Minnesota's Arrowhead. It's the perfect recipe for a spring Indy Pass road trip to two of the Heartland's larger ski areas, especially in vertical drop. The scenery from the slopes of Spirit Mountain and Lutsen Mountains is some of the best you will find around the Great Lakes.

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Wild Mountain Makes Improvements For Next Season

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Minnesota's Wild Mountain, under new ownership this season, has announced plans for improvements over the summer and proudly announced they are a carbon-neutral company.

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Old Wisconsin Ski Hill Has Reopened

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Located near Lakewood, Wisconsin, Paul Bunyan Ski Hill, which ceased operation a quarter-century ago, reopened this past February with the same family that closed the hill still in control.  Just a new generation in charge.

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Crystal Mountain offers first Pump Track In Michigan

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Crystal Mountain Resort debuted the Wolverine State's first snowboard pump track this past month, and it may well be the first in the Heartland. It's a trend that first started out west in Utah and Colorado where a few pump tracks have appeared. In the Midwest it's been a popular concept in mountain biking and skateboarding, but not snowsports.

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Indy Pass Road Trip: Upper Wisconsin, Upper Michigan

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A unique Indy Pass road trip in the upper Midwest would be to combine a trip visiting northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula for skiing at three of the Heartland's larger ski resorts; Granite Peak, Pine Mountain, and Big Powderhorn.

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Three Heartland Ski Areas Help Keep Southern Residents Skiing

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Lower Midwest ski areas in Indiana and Missouri attract southern skiers from Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama.

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Indy Pass Road Trip: Northwest Lower Michigan

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With spring break coming over the next few weeks SnoCountry, in a couple of different articles, will take a look at some Great Lakes ski resorts honoring the Indy Pass that are grouped together for reasonable driving distances.

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From The City To The Slopes

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Here are five Midwest cities with day trip worthy ski areas, all within three hours or less. Arriving mid-week you avoid large weekend crowds. Get an early start and enjoy some uncrowded slope time.

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Glade, Backcountry Skiing Popular In The Midwest

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Glade skiing, popular out west and in the east, doesn’t take a backseat in the Heartland. Ski areas located across the upper tier of the Midwest offer tree skiing and even a few cliff jumps.

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Combine Ski Trip With Romance At Midwest Resort

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With Valentine’s Day and President's Day weekend falling at the same time it may be a busy time on Heartland slopes. Many resorts may be sold out. Consider the whole month of February for a romantic getaway with some slope time.

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Winter Ziplining At Midwest Ski Areas

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A few Michigan ski resorts have added a little zip to their attractions, literally.

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Holidays Busy At Midwest Ski Areas Expect More Filled Slopes

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The holidays were busy at ski areas across the Midwest from the Black Hills to the Great Lakes with many hitting capacities. Most expect the same experience to occur over the upcoming Martin Luther King (MLK) weekend this month and with a combination of Valentine's and President's Day weekend next month. Plan ahead for lift tickets.

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