A Few Midwest Ski Resorts Remain Open Into April

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A few Midwestern ski areas had been able to stay open into April on weekends and a couple of times in the last few years into May. This season I can find only five and possibly six that plan on staying open through at least the first weekend of April.

At this point Ski Brule in Michigan's UP appears to be open the longest. They are offering an $80 lift and lodging special in their Pioneer Lodge April 12-14. Spring skiing should be great On Saturday April 7 they are offering.$80 Carload Day Lift Ticket. Pay $80 and everyone in your car will get a lift ticket for a day of skiing and boarding.

Surprisingly the last day of skiing at Lutsen Mountains will be April 7. For years have stayed open on weekends through April and the first weekend of May. No explanation just saying they will close after skiing that Sunday. They only received 35-inches of natural snowfall this winter. They are offering a season ending special two nights lodging and two day lift-tickets from $149 per person April 4-7.

Through Boyne Mountain's closing day, April 7, any nearby skier with a season pass from any other resort in Michigan can spend the day skiing the Mountain for just $20.They are calling it Mitten Love, the shape of the Lower Peninsula.

Granite Peak plans to reopen April 5-6 for one last weekend of skiing in the Badger State.

Giants Ridge also plans to reopen April 4-7 when lift tickets will be $41.

Snowriver Mountain Resort would like to open Saturday, April 6, for one last big hurrah for the winter, but they need to know that people would attend. They've set a goal: sell a minimum of 150 tickets to solidify a reopening of Jackson Creek Summit. Could be the biggest party of the year in Midwest snow country. Better get on board quickly.

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Few Midwest Ski Areas Remain Open Into April

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It's been a challenging season for Midwest ski areas with below average snowfall and above average temperatures throughout much of the winter. Many of the smaller areas struggled to open by late December, and all of the ski areas in the lower Heartland have already closed for the season. Only seven ski resorts around the Great Lakes are planning to stay open until April 1, which means they will be open for Easter weekend. Only two plan on skiing into April. In some years a few have skied into the month of May.

Lutsen Mountains, located along Lake Superior's north shore in Minnesota, plans on remaining open daily through April 7, and they guarantee having at least 40 runs open into April. If they cannot meet that goal of 40 or more runs open, you may cancel your reservation without any obligation. That's more than many Heartland ski areas offer when they are fully open, and make no mistake about it, this is mountain skiing. They will be holding their annual Easter egg hunt on the slopes. Save up to 40-percent on lift and lodging through the remainder of the season. They often ski on weekends through the month of April.

In Michigan five ski resorts, three in the lower peninsula and two in the upper peninsula plan to remain open through April 1.

Crystal Mountain is offering some nice Spring Break packages March 22-April1 when you can enjoy lodging rates starting from $101, and all kids 17 and under ski and stay free with ski packages. They have a full day of activities planned for Easter on the Mountain on March 30.

Boyne Mountain has a full line-up of activities to keep everyone happy and entertained through Easter weekend, and the infamous Hemlock Open is slated to take place Saturday April 6 when teams compete skiing in the morning and play golf in the afternoon. Some years this has taken place in early May.

Nubs Nob in Michigan's LP and Snowriver Mountain Resort both plan on staying open through April 1. Snowriver is offering up to 50-percent off lodging through the rest of this month and kids ski, stay and eat free.

Ski Brule plans on staying open daily Thursday through Sunday the rest of this month. Their infamous Brule Bash takes place this coming weekend with half price lift tickets when you ski or ride in full costume. The costume contest winner receives a 2024/25 season pass. They plan on staying open into April.

Granite Peak is the only Wisconsin ski resort remaining open into April. They plan on holding their annual Pond Skim on March 30, and their annual Cardboard Cup, a fun event to watch, takes place on April 6.

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Sleigh Ride And Cross Country Snowshoe Dining At Michigan Resorts

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Mountaintop sleigh ride and snowshoe dining have long been popular activities at western resorts. Three northern Michigan resorts are now embracing the tradition with signature style. Ski Brule, Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain tender a truly unique outdoor experience.

Brule combines a sleigh ride to the resort’s 1880 Homestead Lodge where you feast on a Homestead BBQ dinner. Relax by the old fashioned pot belly stove, listen to acoustic guitar music and watch children tube on a nearby hill. It takes place every Saturday night throughout the season. The free sleigh ride departs from the bottom of Homestead Trail and operates back and forth between 5-8 p.m. The BBQ dinner is Adult $19 , Junior (age 10-17) $15, Kids (age 0-9) $11, Family $82 (includes 2 adults & up to 4 dependent children ages 17 & under).

Boyne Highlands Aonach Mor Moonlight Dinner unfolds on North Peak. A 15-minute sleigh ride takes guests to the top of the peak where the mountaintop lodge is aglow with candlelight and an acoustic guitarist plays softly in the background. On clear nights, the lights of the Mackinac Bridge are visible nearly 30 miles away. Upon arrival, guests disembark at an inviting bonfire before sitting down to a three-course dinner illuminated by candlelight in a cozy cabin setting. The cost for dinner and sleigh ride experience is $148 per person for the 2023/24 season, and is available through February.

Boyne Mountain hosts the Summit-To-Stein's Snowshoe Supper every Saturday evening through mid-March. A dining experience that you won't soon forget. Take a lift up to the top of the Mountain, walk across the lit up Sky Bridge and snowshoe your way to a gourmet prime rib and shrimp supper. The all-inclusive price is $130 per person includes a ride on the famed Hemlock chairlift, one-way evening walk across the lighted SkyBridge, hot toddy at Disciple's Overlook, snowshoe rental and a guided snowshoe hike, Prime Rib back down to Stein Eriksen's for a gourmet dinner.

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Midwest Ski Area Holiday Celebrations

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Despite the uneven start of winter across the Heartland you can count on holiday celebrations and skiing these ski resorts around the upper Great Lakes.

Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands will be celebrating the sights and sounds of the holidays through January 1 with lots of planned activities, and New Year’s Eve dinners, live bands and celebrations capped with fireworks over the ski slopes. Holiday week takes place on the Mountain December 20 through January 1, and at the Highlands December 15 through December 31st. The Midwest's first eight seat, high-speed lift will be operating on the Mountain's Disciples Ridge, and the first modern bubble liftin the Heartland, which offers a very comfortable ride, will be heading up the slopes at the Highlands.

Crystal Mountain will be hosting holiday celebrations December 22 through January 6. On the 24th ski with Santa. Planned activities will be taking place every day—fat bike tours, snowshoe tours, outdoor lasar tag horse drawn surrey rides—with dinners, live entertainment and New Year’s Eve celebrations. For families planning a visit kids 17 and under sleep free any time and kids from 7-17 ski free Sunday through Thursday. Six and under kids sleep, ski and eat breakfast free any time.

Shanty Creek’s 12 days of holiday events include story time with Santa on Friday December 15 and breakfast with the jolly old elf Saturday, December 16 and a visit with Santa at Schuss Mountain that evening and stay for the Torchlight Parade at 7:15 (weather permitting) and fireworks over Schuss Mountain. On Christmas Day ski and ride free with Santa on the Schuss Mountain slopes. Just bring a non-perishable food item or clothing to donate.

Ski Brule will be hosting a New Year's Eve celebration with skiing, tubing, a dinner, torchlight parade down the ski hill and fireworks over the ski hill followed by music and dancing through midnight. They currently have $58 advanced lift tickets on sale through December 24, which are valid anytime during the 2023/24 season. It's a savings of $15 per lift ticket.

Granite Peak is hosting their first ever Holiday Themed Family Festival, December 15-17, Santa and Buddy Elf will be there on Saturday, a special fireworks show that evening. There will be groomer rides with Santa an additional $20 per person, free s'mores lots of holiday lights and cheer. Family Festival weekend packages are priced and designed for families of three or more. Packages include discounted lift tickets with a two-night stay as well as free rentals for kids 12 & under.

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Midwest Ski Areas Starting To Open For The Season

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Minnesota's Wild Mountain is always, if not the first, one of the first Heartland ski areas to open for the season. They opened Monday and already have top to bottom runs open as well as one of their chairlifts.

 Andes Tower Hills, in northern Minnesota, was actually the first Heartland ski area to open this past weekend with limited terrain and just a surface tow. However they are currently closed, and on their website they list November 11 for their opening date. They are also routinely one of the earliest to open in the Midwest. When fully open they offer 15 slopes, three chairlifts, and three surface tows.

 Wild is open top to bottom with Chair 1 and their Expressway Trail. Plus, they have the Front Stage rope tow and one of their terrain parks open with eight features. They point out it's still early season conditions and guests should expect some bare spots, rocks, thin coverage, man made obstructions and other spooky impediments. Tickets are $25 and season passes are valid (Night Passes start at 4 pm. as usual). They say on their Facebook page they plan to remain open daily 1-7pm as they keep expanding terrain or the snow melts.

 They have had the distinction of being the first area in the Midwest to open for several years running, and a couple of times the first ski area in the nation to open in early October. They guarantee season pass holders at least 100 days of skiing and riding during the season. When fully open the ski area offers 26 trails, including the double-black Wall and an easy trail from top of the Mountain, four terrain parks, and eight lifts including four quads. It has a 300-foot vertical.

 Other planned openings in November include Lutsen Mountains, which has a target date of opening the weekend of November 18-19. They will be open Thanksgiving weekend and the first weekend in December with December 8 as their target date for staying open on a daily basis.

 Ski Brule, in Michigan's UP, has also kicked off their snowmaking with a target date of November 10 to open daily for the season.

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Skiing Continues Into Mid April At Four Upper Midwest Resorts

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Minnesota's Lutsen Mountains is holding their Meltdown April 14-16, which will feature seven bands over the weekend. You can save up to 40-percent off lift and lodging packages. Three of their four mountains will be open to offer 50-plus runs for your skiing pleasure. They will be open daily through April 9 and reopen for the Meltdown. They originally had planned to stay open weekends through the month as in past years, but due to the installation of their new six-seat Raptor Express Chairlift on Eagle Mountain they will close for the season after skiing on Sunday April 16. The slopes are in prime spring skiing condition having received over 12 feet of snow so far this season, and more is on the way. It's a party on the North Shore.

Ski Brule, located in Michigan’s UP, plans to stay open Saturday and Sundays through April 15. They just received 18-inches of snow on April 1, no fooling. They are fully open and trails are in great shape. Sunday, April 16, is Carload Day. Pack the car as full as you can and everyone in the car gets a free lift ticket for the day. That is supposed to be their last day of the season. With all the snow they have received and the possibility of more during the month they say, on their website, that the operational schedule is subject to change, which leaves the possibility of staying open weekends later in the month. They have skied weekends through April in past years. 

Mount Bohemia, also located in the UP, plans on remaining open weekends through April. Their Nordic Spa will also remain open weekends through the month, which makes the perfect winter weekend getaway. Skiing and spa time afterwards a great combination. All the backcountry skiing is fully open and conditions are in excellent shape. Lift tickets are $87.

Boyne Mountain, in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, is staying open daily through April 9, and possibly longer on weekends as long as the snow holds out. A couple of past years they stayed open weekends into May and often the end of the month.

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SnoCast: Making Turns Into April With More Snow

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Yep. We're still going!

This week's SnoCast honors the incredible season behind us, while keeping sights ahead at the forecast and where you can still find new snow as we make the turn into April. With a potentially record-long ski season for several Western U.S. mountains, new snow is the icing on the geographical cake. 

I'm following at least two more storms out West to keep this already epic season rolling, a battle ground in the central U.S., and bittersweet springtime weather across the East. Whether you are amped for skiing into July, or ready to take those final buttery spring turns, here's what to expect, weather-wise, from coast to coast in SnoCast for March 30-April 5, 2023. 

 

East

A potent spring storm will impact the Midwest and Northeast late Thursday through Saturday with a variety of precipitation types, depending on your location. Much like many late March storms, we'll find a battle zone as seasons clash. Snow on the front and tail end, will be interrupted by a conveyor belt of warm springtime air, introducing high wind, the chance for icy mix, as well as thunderstorms!

Midwest

Northern Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan sees a burst of snow late Thursday night, as otherwise wet and stormy weather (many storms turning severe) continues just to the south. We'll likely see disruptions to the ski areas still turning chairs from southern Wisconsin through Michigan. 

However, as the storm lifts northeastward from southern Wisconsin into southern Quebec Saturday, colder air returns on the backside of the system, allowing a period of snow to develop for northern Wisconsin, the UP of Michigan where winter storm watches are in effect. A fast with 3-7" and blizzard conditions are expected. Look to Granite Peak, Ski Brule, and Big Powderhorn and others nearby for new snow and wind by early Saturday, turning calmer and less windy on the slopes through Sunday.

Outside of ski interests, this storm will be powerful. NOAA's Weather Prediction Center tweeted out an impact graphic to see the big picture. 

 

 

Northeast

Ahead of the storm center, we'll find a similar brief period of snow Friday for the mountains in New York and New England before a turn to wet weather on (no joke) April Fools Day, Saturday. Likewise, just enough cold air returns on the back end by overnight Saturday to squeeze out 1-4" of snow across Vermont and northern New York peaks. Look to the tall-boys, like Stowe, Jay, and Whiteface by early Sunday for a bit of new snow. 

West

It's still going out West. This season has delivered unreal snow totals, especially for California and Utah (did you see Mammoth hit a new all-time snow record?).  Mother Nature will spread the wealth again through next week. 

Thursday, a trough continues to dig across the Western U.S. generating mountain snow for most of the Southwest and Rockies, heaviest for the southwest facing ranges, including Utah's Wasatch Mountains, the Bitterroots of Idaho/Montana, and the Caribou Ranges near the Idaho/Wyoming line. These areas could see up to a foot of snow, while other slopes around the West see lesser amounts, but still freshies, through Friday.

By Saturday, the next front and trough dig in across the Pacific Northwest, dumping a widespread 1-2 feet of snow over the Cascades and B.C. Coast Ranges, and 8-16" over the Idaho peaks. Locally higher amounts may fall at the highest passes through Sunday.

Through early next week, this system moves south and east, spreading light to moderate totals over the north and central Rockies  (not shown on the map below, which only shows snow through early Sunday, April 2). 

 

I'll see you next week right here on SnoCountry.com for one more SnoCast with a season summary and top totals around the country! 

-Meteorologist Kerrin Jeromin

 

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Upper Midwest Ski Resorts Offers Great Spring Break Opportunities

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Looking for some opportunities to ski over spring break? You don’t have to head out of the Heartland to find plenty of opportunity across the upper Midwest. Save on travel time, expense and enjoy some prime late season slope conditions as well as some great activities.

 Lutsen Mountains along Lake Superior’s north shore has good snow depth and plans on staying open daily into April. With its nearly 1,000-foot vertical drop and 95 runs scattered over four mountains it offers plenty of choices to keep you exploring for days. It lives up to its namesake “Mountains of the Midwest.”

 They are offering a couple of family packages that are good through the end of March. A family spring break package offers 40-percent off on a five night stay. Family Festival Weekend, March 24-26, free rentals are included with adult and child family festival lift tickets. There's family entertainment, a pizza party and fireworks over the mountain.

 Ski Brule, located in Michigan’s UP, is fully open and plans to stay open through April. They are offering College Spring Break, March 16-26. Show your College ID and your lift ticket is $60. It also includes, from $282 per person, a weekend that includes two night's lodging, lift tickets, breakfasts, Lunches, and one dinner. Lodging package is valid for college students.

 In Michigan’s Lower Peninsula Boyne Mountain is putting a new spin on there Carnival Weekend, March 17-19, also well known as Crazy Days among Heartland skiers. There will be plenty of music with mixologists spinning beats from top to bottom of the Mountain. It includes a St. Patty's Day party in the Snowflake Lounge Friday night, a costume contest on Saturday at Disciples Overlook, and the Slush Cup Sunday at the base of North McLouth.

Crystal Mountain is offering a Hot Lodging Dates with up to 25-percent off on select dates through the months of March and April. Daily activities will be taking place. For families staying at Crystal, kids six and under sleep and eat breakfast free (up to two kids eat free, per paying adult). They are fully open with 59 trails. During the month they are hosting some great weekend activities including Spring Carnival March 11, St. Patrick's Day March 18 that includes a kayak race down the Mountain, and Retro Party Day March 25. Bring back your decade in costume and win a prize.

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SnoCast: Storms in the East; West (Finally) Settles

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The West finally settles down after an extremely active stretch, while the East prepares for three storms this upcoming week. Here's the forecast scoop in this week's SnoCast. 

East

On Thursday, a storm continues to lift northeastward through the Great Lakes, delivering blustery winds and a healthy 6-12" of snow for parts of northern Michigan and Wisconsin. Great news for Midwest ski areas around Granite Peak, WhitecapShanty Creek, and Big Powderhorn

This same system shifts to the Northeast later Thursday-Friday, delivering much-need 5-10"+ of snow for northern New England ski areas, with highest amounts in northern Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Look to Jay Peak, Burke Mountain, Loon, Sunday River and others nearby.

Unfortunately, warmer air sneaks in from the south generating a wintry mix parts of the Catskills, Poconos, and Berkshires with slick travel expected. 

Colder air returns for all through Friday with light upslope snow lingering across the northern Appalachians, which will be followed up by a beautiful weekend for skiing and riding. Get out and love it! 

A second system will track up the Appalachians to interior New England Sunday through Monday (1/22-23). This time, the rain/snow line threatens to bisect New England from southwest to northeast, so most likely areas to see snow remain across northern Pennsylvania , New York, Vermont and perhaps northern New Hampshire. Keep monitoring as the rain/snow line will shift based on the exact storm track. 

A brief lull Tuesday, before yet another storm targets the Northeast by mid-next week with another good chance of snow for the north. A bit too far out to talk amounts, but at this point, any snow is good snow.

 

West

After an unbelievably active stretch, the West finally appears to have a break in view. With nearly a dozen separate storms since late December, California and Utah have had huge totals, now topping some 300-400" on the season (in some cases more, including Alta at 426" and Brighton at 412"!). Excellent news for the snowpack and water resupply out West.

On Thursday, a cold front continues to sag across southern California toward the Southwest U.S. with snow drifting over the four-corners states by Friday. Expect a general 2-6" of snow for the Arizona, southern Colorado, and New Mexico mountains to round out the week. 

Most of Saturday looks pleasant to hit the slopes, albeit breezy over the Rockies.

 A system drops in from western Canada and the northern U.S. Rockies by Saturday night-Sunday with potential for 5-10" in the Washington Cascades, and a fresh 2-6" for Oregon and Idaho before slowly drifting down the northern Rockies by Monday.

This will open to the door and allow much colder air to spill in for much of the West next week.

Check in again each Thursday for a new SnoCast. Until then, happy skiing and riding!

- Meteorologist Kerrin Jeromin

 

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Celebrating New Years Eve In Midwest Ski Country

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Winter has returned across the upper Midwest measured in feet of snow and several resorts have plans to celebrate the season. A welcome return in lieu of the last couple of year's subdued celebrations.

Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands will be celebrating the sights and sounds of the holidays through January 7 with lots of planned activities, and New Year’s Eve dinners, live bands and celebrations capped with fireworks over the ski slopes. The Midwest's first eight seat, high-speed lift opened December 23 on the Mountain's Disciples Ridge.

Crystal Mountain will be hosting holiday celebrations through January 7. On the 24th ski with Santa. Planned activities will be taking place every day—fat bike tours, snowshoe tours, horse drawn surrey rides—with dinners, live entertainment and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Winter Trails Day is January 7 and a great time to try free cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Treetops is hosting both family and adult-only New Years Eve parties that includes a lobster and filet dinner. Fireworks over the slopes takes place at midnight. An unusual activity that the family can partake in are dog sledding rides. It's the only Michigan snowsports resort that offers an opportunity to try dog sledding.

Ski Brule you can ride with Olympic gold medalist on December 29 and 31 and plan on staying over for the music and dancing 8 p.m.-midnight, a torchlight parade and fireworks at 9 and New Year's Eve dinner. You can also enjoy the Homestead BBQ, a bonfire, music, tubing and sleigh ride on December 30.

Granite Peak is hosting a New Year’s Eve party with a torchlight parade and fireworks over the mountain at 7 p.m. The historic Sundance Chalet will have live music, a special menu, a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. The party is free, no cover charge, and kids are welcome at parent’s discretion.

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Skiing Will Be Available In Upper Midwest For Thanksgiving Holidays

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Recent snow and cold weather are providing an early start to the Heartlands ski season, which is a nice departure from last year when ski areas mostly remained closed over Thanksgiving weekend and had a rough start even in December making enough snow to be fully open over the Christmas holidays.

An early arrival of winter and temperatures cold enough for snowmaking across the upper Midwest are going to allow some ski areas to be open for the Thanksgiving holidays. Minnesota will be offering the most openings with a few in northern Wisconsin and a couple in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The Lower Peninsula ski areas at this point have not announced opening dates, but some have already fired up the snowmaking and hopefully that will come soon.

A couple of ski areas, Wild Mountain in Minnesota and nearby Trollhaugen across the border in Wisconsin have already opened for the season. Afton Alps, Powder Ridge, Andes Towers Hills and Lutsen Mountains are planning on being open this weekend Nov. 18 and 19. Buck Hill is opening on Nov. 22, with Spirit Mountain and Giants Ridge scheduled Nov. 25.

A couple of other Wisconsin ski areas, Cascade Mountain and Christie Mountain are planning on opening over Thanksgiving weekend.

 n the Wolverine State's UP both Snowriver Mountain Resort and Ski Brule are planning to open this coming weekend, Nov. 19, for the season.

Huff Hills Ski Area, located near Bismarck in North Dakota, is opening for the season on Nov. 20, which will mark their earliest opening ever in the 30 years it has been a ski area. Illinois' Chestnut Mountain plans to open Nov. 26, also one of their earliest openings.

In early season it's always a good idea to check the ski area for conditions before making a long drive. Weather can change in just a few days. You can also log onto Snoountry Snow Reports for an up to date review of what's open and conditions.

 

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SnoCast: It's Beginning to Look Like Ski Season

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With more resorts opening, chilly temperatures, and new snow for the Northeast, Midwest, and Northwest, we're officially calling it ski season. Let's dive into the weather outlook in this week's SnoCast. 

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SnoCast: First Widespread Cold Snap of the Season

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Hallelujah! After a wild weather week, Mother Nature is about to chill out...literally. Following hurricane remnants in the East and a blizzard in the Plains, the first cold snap of the season will deliver a much needed jolt to kickstart ski season.

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Midwest Ski Season Openings Slated For November

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Three ski areas in the Midwest, Wild Mountain and Andes Tower Hills, Minnesota, and Trollhaugen in western Wisconsin, were able to open limited terrain last week. Four other ski resorts, one each in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and two in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (UP) have planned openings in the next three weeks. The Heartland ski season is underway.

Ski Brule in the UP has the planned earliest season opener slated for November 11. They are routinely one of the earliest opening ski resorts in the Heartland. Lift tickets are free on opening day. They have a Thanksgiving special offering half-off on Wednesday night lodging if you plan on staying through the holiday weekend for four nights. Their highly regarded Thanksgiving Race Camp is taking place over the four days.

Lutsen Mountains in Minnesota and Snowriver Mountain Resort, also in the UP have planned season openers slated for November 19. Lutsen plans on having 10 runs open on Eagle Mountain and early season lift tickets are $79 through December 16. Ski in/ski out lodging specials at Lutsen are available from $109 per night. Snowriver lift tickets will be the same as Lutsen, $69 through December 16, and you can purchase two day lift tickets for $10 off online. No lodging specials were listed on their website. Both resorts will be limiting lift ticket sales on weekends and holidays, which means buy ahead online.

Wisconsin's Granite Peak has an opening slated during the week before Thanksgiving. No lodging specials were listed on their website, but affordable lodging is within minutes of the ski area. Lift tickets are $79 from opening day through December 16. Purchase before November 15 and save 20% off the posted rates. They will also be limiting lift ticket sales on holidays and weekends, which means purchase online ahead of time.

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Ski Midwest Gold Card Now On Sale, Limited Number Available

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How would you like to ski, and ride over 20 of the Midwest's top ski areas this winter, every day of the season for just $525?

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Easter Weekend Skiing In Midwest And Beyond

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Three ski resorts—Lutsen Mountains, Ski Brule and Boyne Mountain—plan on being open over Easter Weekend and weekends through the month. Mount Bohemia, which SnoCountry just posted last week, is also staying open weekends through April.

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SnoCast: April Showers Brings...The Diehards

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Early April is always a toss up for weather and the number of open ski areas slowly continues to dwindle. But, that doesn’t mean we’re done! Here’s what to expect in the forecast for those of you still hitting the slopes this week.

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

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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.

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Michigan's Nick Baumgartner Makes Fourth Olympics

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Nick Baumgartner, who lives in Iron River in the Wolverine State's Upper Peninsula and calls Ski Brule his “home hill,” has achieved the criteria to be named to his fourth Winter Olympics. Having competed for 2010, 2014, and 2018 U. S. Olympic Snowboard Cross teams, the 40-year-old will be the oldest Olympic snowboarder in American history.

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Several Midwest Ski Areas Celebrate Milestones This Season

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No less than nine Heartland ski areas are celebrating significant milestones this year. All have been in business at least 60 years and one started 85 years ago, according to the National Ski Areas Association.

 

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