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

Summer At West Ski Resorts With Covid-19 In Mind

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Many of the usual summer activities -- mountain biking, ziplines, hiking, scenic lift rides -- will be in place in the West during the warm months. But the Covid-19 pandemic has forced resorts to tone down or fully eliminate offerings for the time being.

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Washington's Crystal Mountain is Reopening

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Good news for all t-shirt ski bums as Crystal Mountain announced this week it will reopen to skiers and riders.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Final Days Of Winter? Not Done Yet!

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In these final days of winter (Spring Equinox is March 19) we wish you the luck of the Irish to receive the new snowfall coming.

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Alterra Announces Spending Spree For Next Season

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The creator of the Ikon Pass will invest more than $200 million this summer to further upgrade some of the 15 resorts it owns for skiers and riders in the 2020-21 season.

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March Means Longer Daylight Hours And Spring Carnivals

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Spring is in the air across the Heartland, which means softer temperatures and longer daylight hours to enjoy the slopes. Many ski areas celebrate the season with spring carnivals. SnoCountry takes a look at some of the best upcoming this month.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: Loving The Forecast For Presidents’ Day Weekend

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With Valentine’s Day Friday and (hopefully) an extended holiday weekend for you, there’s a lot to love about the forecast!

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Your Guide to Prime Winter Camping in Ski Resort Parking Lots Across the West

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While lurking past closing hours in the mountain resort parking lot has always been the domain of the dirtbag, more ski areas are bringing the practice of overnight stays out of the shadows—and some are downright embracing the car-bound camp movement. This focus on ski resort winter camping, which accommodates visitors of lesser means—as well as nomadic adventurers—is a refreshing step back from the luxury demographic. that the ski industry habitually targets.

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Some Of The Midwest Best For Spring Break Family Getaways

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Family-friendly terrain, teaching programs, and a good variety of advanced and expert terrain. Here's a half-dozen of the top family resorts in the Heartland that will keep a family of differing abilities happy for a spring break getaway.

 

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The Battle Against Crowded Ski Hills

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On a recent morning, a line of cars stretched from the Crystal Mountain Resort parking lots, down the Mount Rainier foothills, and all the way to the town of Auburn, 57 miles away. Welcome to a weekend powder day at Washington’s biggest ski area.

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Fat Tire Winter Biking Popular At Some Midwest Resorts

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Fat tire winter biking, an option at some resorts in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula and northern Minnesota, also now offers rentals and one even lift service. Check it out.

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Overcrowding At Washington's Crystal Mountain Prompts Limited Ticket Sales

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Turning skiers and riders away from a resort on a powder day is not what resorts want to do but, in the case of Crystal Mountain, there was not a choice.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: A New Year Begins With New Powder

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Happy New Year! You’ll have plenty to celebrate in certain parts of the U.S. and Canada regarding this week’s weather forecast.

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SnoCast - Final Storms of 2019 Deliver Big Snow

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As we approach the final days of 2019, we'll have a pleasant mix of snow days, sunny days, and mild days to take in all that the weather has to offer on our favorite ski trails.

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SnoCountry SnoCast: A Huge Gift Coming For Some

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Naughty or nice? Rather than your deeds, location will determine who will get the finest gift of snowy weather this week!

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Insiders Guide: Crystal Mountain

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Crystal Mountain may not be the biggest Midwest ski resort in terms of vertical, but they more than make up for that with great trails, terrain parks, numerous glades, and one of the best teaching areas around the Great Lakes.

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SnoCast: Waves of Snow Through Mid-December

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An active weather pattern will have several fast-moving storms move through both the East and the West. Timing is everything to catch the best conditions through this weekend.

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Two Midwest States Offer Grade School Passports

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The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) and Minnesota Ski Areas Association offer passport programs that allow elementary-age kids to give skiing and snowboarding a try for free. In Michigan, it covers both fourth and fifth graders. Minnesota’s program covers just fourth graders. Surprisingly Wisconsin, the Heartland state just behind Michigan for a number of ski areas doesn't offer such a program.

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Pacific Northwest Resorts Bring Upgrades To New Season

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Pacific storms have begun to swing northward on the West Coast, prompting ski and snowboard resorts in the Northwest to spring life for the season.

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More Midwest Ski Areas Opening Over Next Couple Of Weeks

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With the winter-like cold air that's settled in over the Great Lakes, three more Midwest ski areas plan to open later this week with a couple more scheduled to open the following weekend.

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Top Halloween Events Around Midwest Ski Resorts

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From a stroll in a haunted forest to great pumpkin races, and a zipline of terror a trio of Heartland ski resorts have some haunting good fun planned leading up to this Halloween. It’s also prime fall color for chairlift rides to the top of the ski hills for some brilliant vistas.

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