Tubing Is Popular In The Midwest

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The Midwest has around 120 ski areas scattered across the Heartland several offer snow tubing, especially across the lower Midwest. It’s relatively safe, something easy to do yet can be a bit of a thrill ride depending on downhill tilt of the slope.

There are over 40 ski areas offering lift served tubing parks. Minnesota and Wisconsin lead the way with nine each, and all the ski areas in Ohio and Indiana offer tubing. It’s become very popular drawing thousands of tubers on busy weekends.

Here’s a quick tour around the Midwest highlighting some of the top ski area tubing parks.

Ohio’s Boston Mills/Brandywine, located just south of Cleveland, and has the Polar Blast Tubing park, largest in the Buckeye State. It offers, when fully open, 20 tubing lanes with two conveyor belts for easy access back to the top. The tubing park has its own lodge for easy warm up, snacks and drinks. They limit sales, buy your tickets online.

Indiana’s Perfect North Slopes, just a stone throw away from Cincinnati and not far from Indianapolis, offers one of the largest tubing parks in the Heartland. There are 23 lanes, even a couple of super lanes to accommodate families, which plunge 1200 feet down the slope and a couple of conveyor lifts for the trip back up. Weekends can be busy, but it doesn’t deter fun-loving crowds.

Hidden Valley, near St. Louis, has the only tubing park in the Show Me State. The popular Polar Plunge Tubing Park offers 16 lanes with two conveyor lifts back up.

Wilmot Mountain, just a few miles north of Chicago along the Wisconsin border, keeps Windy City tubers busy with the tubing park’s 22 lanes and two conveyor lifts. A lodge is available for snacks, drinks and warm up.

Sunburst Winter Sports Park, between Milwaukee and Sheboygan, has one of the top 10 tubing parks in the country, according to an article in USA Today. They offer 50 lanes and two conveyor lifts to keep the fun moving. A tubing café is available for snacks and drinks.

Near the Twin Cities Buck Hill offers a dozen chutes for tubing with a conveyor lift back up. Wild Mountain, about an hour east, has Wild Chutes, which offers several lanes of sledding fun and a conveyor lift. An extra-wide lane is dedicated to double-wide chains. It’s popular on weekends, but handles crowds well.

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Colder Temperatures Helping Midwest Ski Areas

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The colder winter like temperatures that spilled across the upper Midwest at the beginning of the new year came with an almost audible-like sigh that might have been the sound of snowguns once again firing up at ski areas. Or, it could have been a collective sigh of relief from ski area operators finally seeing the unusually slow start to winter hopefully coming to an end.

Most ski areas have opened in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. In Ohio Boston Mills Brandywine, Mad River Mountain, and Snow Trails are open. Indiana's Perfect North Slopes, the Heartland's southernmost ski area has been open since the holidays, which is a testament to their snowmaking operation. The Hoosier State's other ski area, Paoli Peaks is not open. Illinois has four ski areas, but only Chestnut Mountain is open and operating daily. All three of Iowa's ski areas are open, Both of Missouri's ski areas remained closed at this time, and offer no expected opening date on their web pages. On their Facebook pages they say they are making snow. 

Wisconsin Ski Areas Association has a unique program that 15 of the Badger State's ski areas are participating in, which is called First Tracks Fridays. Experience the joy of hitting pristine slopes early, benefiting from the meticulous grooming and excellent snow conditions at the participating ski areas across the Dairy State. Ski areas participating in First Tracks Friday are also offering unique discounts, exciting prizes, and more for visitors. It's a unique experience, which many western resorts offer, but kind of unheard of in the Midwest.

Chestnut Mountain, Chicago's closest large ski resort with overnight lodging, is offering a Winter Lodging Special$50 off on select weekends in January and February. You almost feel like you can ski right to the edge of the Mississippi River as you fly down the rock bound runs. You start at the top of the ridge where the hotel sits overlooking the river. It's one of the most scenic ski resorts in the Heartland.

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Perfect North Slopes Announcing Major Changes For Next Season

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Indiana's Perfect North Slopes is already thinking about next season with some exciting changes announced, but there's still plenty of this season left. The annual spring carnival is slated to take place Sunday March 5 with plenty of fun, family events including the classic slush pit ski and a snowboard event.

Looking ahead to next season all season passes will be direct to lift RFID passes. No more having to take time for pass validations at ticket windows. You can hit the snow and load the chairlift with our new RFID access gates that will be at the base of all five chairlift, and the RFID media cards will also act as a debit card.

Speaking of season passes they are currently on sale at 40-percent off until April 1, and next season the Perfect Season Pass, which is on sale for $419 (13-59 years old) and $279 (12 and under, seniors 60+) will also be good for Timberline Mountain in West Virginia. With Perfect's other season passes passholders receive half-off on Timberline lift tickets.

They will also be installing a new quad chairlift this coming summer that will replace the old triple red lift. The new four-person Skytrac lift will improve uphill capacity during busy days. The existing chairs from the original red chair lift will not be for sale at this time. The chairs match both the existing blue and green chairlifts and they will be stored and saved for potential replacement parts since they match the chairs on the blue and green lifts.

Perfect North, located in southern Indiana about a half-hour from Cincinnati, is one of the premier ski areas located in the lower Midwest. They have already opened for the season. The family-owned ski area started 40 years ago, and today offers 23 trails, five chairlifts and multiple surface tows. It feels more like the ski areas located in the upper Great Lakes.

They acquired Timberline Mountain a couple of years ago. After making a significant investment in the resort it offers 20 rooms and on mountain 40 trails with the longest being a little over two miles, a terrain park, three chairlifts and a surface tow. The mountain tops out at 4,625 feet and the ski area offers a 1,000-foot vertical drop. The two ski areas are only about 380 miles apart, which would be around a six-hour drive. It makes a great weekend trip from the Midwest's Queen City.

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Perfect North Slopes Makes Improvements

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Indiana's Perfect North Slopes makes several improvements for this season on the slopes, the parking area, and added new rental equipment.

On the trails they relocated several large pine trees to create a more esthetically improved gladed area on Special Effects for skiing and snowboarding creating a more up north like slope. They have begun work on a future ski run that will peal off Backstage, which will hopefully be ready for next season. They planted new trees around their chairlift loading terminals, which will also give them more of a feel like Michigan ski areas.

Perfect North upped their snowmaking ability adding 13 new snowguns to their already large arsenal, which gives them the ability to be the first to open in the lower Midwest and one of the last to close in March. Over 70 new LED lights were added, which will greatly improve night skiing conditions, and new rental equipment has been added for this season.

Another nice improvement was the resealing and re-striping the parking lot. In their large tubing area new installed heated concrete flooring in the concessions tent and new interior walls will make it more appealing. They also added more new restroom facilities, which should eliminate long hikes back to the main lodge.

Perfect North, located in southern Indiana about a half-hour from Cincinnati, is one of the premier ski areas located in the lower Midwest. They have already opened for the season. The family-owned ski area started 40 years ago, and today offers 23 trails, five chairlifts and multiple surface tows. It feels more like the ski areas located in the upper Great Lakes.

Another plus for Perfect North passholders was their acquisition of Timberline Mountain a couple of years ago. After making a significant investment in the resort it offers 20 rooms and on mountain 40 trails with the longest being a little over two miles, a terrain park, three chairlifts and a surface tow. The mountain tops out at 4,625 feet and the ski area offers a 1,000-foot vertical drop, which will be a big attraction to Perfect North skiers. The two areas are only about 380 miles apart, which would be around a six-hour drive. It would make a great weekend trip from the Midwest's Queen City, and Perfect North passholders receive half-off on Timberline lift tickets.

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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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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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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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Require Reservations For Vail Resort's Midwest Ski Areas

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Most Heartland ski areas and resorts are not planning on requiring reservations for daily access to the slopes, but are saying if you wait you may run into sold-out periods. Season pass holders will have priority access through reservations.

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New Name And Lifts For West Virginia Ski Resort

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Indiana's Perfect North Slopes acquired West Virginia's Timberline Four Seasons Resort at an auction in November last year with a bid of $2.2 million. Timberline had filed for bankruptcy earlier last year when it abruptly closed for the 1918/19 season at the end of February. At the time Perfect North said they planned on having it open next season with substantial improvements.

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Several Heartland Female Ski Clinics Through February

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Over the next few weeks six Midwest ski areas are hosting women’s ski and snowboard clinics. It's a great chance to brush up before heading west on your spring trip.

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Insiders Guide: Perfect North Slopes

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Perfect North Slopes, located in southern Indiana along the Kentucky border a stone's throw away from Cincinnati, is a lower Midwest ski area that has more in common with its northern brethren in Michigan.

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Perfect North Slopes Acquires Timberline Four Season Resort

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Indiana's Perfect North Slopes is expanding its territory with the acquisition of West Virginia's Timberline Four Seasons Resort. It was purchased at an auction on November 20 with a bid of $2.2 million. Timberline had filed for bankruptcy earlier in the year when it abruptly closed for the 1918/19 season at the end of February.

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New Season Pass Options For Heartlanders

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For Midwestern skiers that like to get in a lot of slope time around the country outside the Heartland, a few new options are available for this season.

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SnoCountry Snoshots: Midwest Cold And Snowy

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The recent cold snap to hit the Heartland brought with it some great snow conditions for Midwest ski areas. The coldest weather that forced many to suspend operations for two or three days fortunately came midweek. The bookend weekends brought out good crowds with great slope conditions.

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Female Ski Clinics Taking Place Across Heartland

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Several ski areas located near Midwest major cities are hosting female ski clinics over the next month. Enjoy that slope time even more with improved form and confidence.

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SnoCountry SnoShots: Midwest Ski/Ride Season Off To Great Start

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The 2018-19 winter is off to a great start all across the Midwest. Most ski areas across the upper tier of the Heartland and around the Great Lakes opened in November, and the rest across the Lower Midwest, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri, opened this past weekend or scheduled to open next weekend.

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Top Five Midwest Day Trip Ski Resorts

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Heartland big-city skiers and riders sometimes have to drive a little further to find a ski hill worthy for playing midweek hooky. But, hooky-worthy ski areas are around, and arriving mid-week you avoid the large weekend crowds.

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Combine Olympic Luge Run And Skiing For Weekend Getaway

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Participants can reach speeds of 30 mph on the luge run. (Muskegon Winter Sports Complex)

With the Olympics taking place next month ever thought about trying a luge run? It always looks pretty exciting during the competition.

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Lower Midwest Ski Areas Scheduling Fun February Events And Clinics

Snow Trails Winter Carnival bikini raceThree lower Midwest ski areas have some fun events coming up later this month. Clinics, family festivals and the Heartland’s first winter carnival take place in February.

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Three Southern Belles Help Keep Dixie Residents On Midwest Slopes

Paola PeaksLower Midwest ski areas in Indiana and Missouri attract Dixie State snowsports enthusiasts from Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama.

 

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