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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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Romancing The Midwest Slopes

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Love is on the slopes. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but why not consider the whole month of February for a romantic getaway with a little skiing and riding mixed in. Here are some of the best choices around the Great Lakes.

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The Benefit Of Being A Senior Midwest Skier

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Lou Batori, the oldest known skier, takes a run down Crystal Mountain slopes last year at 106 years old. (Crystal Mountain)

Getting older carries with it some pretty special benefits if you’re a skier or snowboarder. There are 15 resorts scattered across the Midwest that allows seniors to ski or ride free at a certain age.

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Perfect Time To Combine Romantic Getaway And Ski Trip

Perfect Time To Combine Romantic Getaway And Ski Trip

A scenic view of Nubs Nob slopes overlooking Little Traverse Bay valley. (Nubs Nob)

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to consider a romantic getaway with a little skiing and riding. It falls midweek this year, which means lower package prices. Here are some of the best choices around the Great Lakes.


Lutsen

Twin City residents have Lutsen Resort, one of the “grand old resorts” along Lake Superior’s North Shore, and it’s located just across the road from Lutsen Mountains, the Heartland’s largest snowsports resort. Minnesota Monthly Magazine calls it “most romantic resort in the state.” They offer a Romance Package, two nights lodging, breakfast daily, one dinner and champagne in your room, from $386 midweek. They offer guests roundtrip free shuttle service to the ski hill, just minutes away. Buy your Lutsen Mountains lift tickets online and save $20 per adult on two-day lift tickets.

Granite Peak

Wisconsin’s Granite Peak and Wausau make a nice romantic combo for Milwaukee and Chicago couples. The city is draped around the base of Rib Mountain. At night the ski area illuminates the mountain rising above the city. The Jefferson Street Inn, located on the town square, offers a Romantic Getaway that includes a two-night stay in a two-room suite with in-room whirlpool and fireplace, lift tickets for two days and a couple’s message. The package starts from around $700.

Detroit couples look northward for a couple of romantic getaways. Many Chicagoland skiers also head to northern Michigan for getaways.

Stafford's Bay View Inn dressed for the winter season.

Stafford’s Bay View Inn, located in Petoskey often called the “Nantucket of the Midwest,” offers a Hit The Slopes package that starts from $299 midweek, two guests per room. It includes two nights lodging, a country breakfast each morning, and two vouchers for a day’s lift ticket at either Boyne Highlands or Nubs Nub, both nearby. Superb dining, charm and hospitality make this a memorable Valentine’s stay.

Homestead Resort skiing

The Homestead Resort, nestled in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore overlooking Lake Michigan, offers a Winter Stay & Dine package that includes two night’s lodging, hot breakfast each morning and dinner at Nonna’s their signature restaurant one evening. Rates start from $89 per person, per night, and all day lift tickets can be added for around $30 per person, per day. It’s only open weekends for skiing and riding.

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Looking For That Special Valentine Day Ski Trip In Midwest?

Homestead coupleWith Valentine’s Day just around the corner and coming on a weekend, here are some of my favorite Heartland spots to combine snow sports and romance. Enjoy.

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Just 400 Michigan White Gold Cards Now Available; Act Fast

Homestead Ski AreaHow would you like to ski Michigan’s top ski areas for just about $7 per visit this winter? All you have to do is purchase the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) White Gold Card, which is now on sale in very limited supply for $249. 

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The Homestead Resort, Sleeping Bear Dunes A Top Summer Attraction In Midwest

Sleeping Bear DunesSleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is one of the top summer attractions in the Heartland and around the Great Lakes. About 2 million visitors came to climb the dunes and enjoy this pristine environment last summer.

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Romantic Getaways For Heartland Snowsports Enthusiasts Mean Deals, Too

Granite Peaks romanceValentine’s Day is on a Saturday this winter. It’s the perfect time for a romantic getaway with some skiing, riding and romance. Here are some of the best choices around the Great Lakes. These packages are also available through the rest of the month and into March.

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Michigan’s Homestead Resort Has Deals For Airfare, Lifts, Lodging

Homestead Resort offers skiing and views at good prices. (The Homestead Resort)It’s not often an attractive offer for Midwest skiers and riders comes along including airfare, but Chicago skiers and riders including those in northern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin should check out the latest offer from Michigan’s Homestead Resort and Bay Mountain.

 

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Northern Michigan’s Golf Season Underway With Early Season Specials

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It’s been one of the longest Midwest winters in history, but spring and northern Michigan’s golf season is underway. Long known as America’s Summer Golf Capital, several of the regions resorts rank among the top 100 golf resorts in the country, and most are offering early season stay and play specials.      

 

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Romantic Getaway Chioices For Heartland Couples Valentine's Weekend

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Valentine’s Day is coming fast and on it’s on a Friday this winter. It’s the perfect time to consider a romantic getaway, and several Midwest resorts are offering enticing choices. 

 

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Michigan Residents Get Discounts; Fourth Graders Can Ski Free

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The Michigan Ski Industries Association (MSIA) is offering all state fourth graders the chance to ski and snowboard for free this winter, and White Gold Card holders can ski or ride 32 different areas across the Wolverine State for around $6.20 per lift ticket.

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Northern Michigan Resorts Make Major Improvements

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After a good 2012/13 season, one of the longest in recent memory, destination resorts across northern Lower Michigan have made some major improvements over the summer getting ready for the upcoming winter. Let it snow.

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Northern Michigan Golf Season Heats Up With Early Season Specials

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The golf season in northern Michigan is here. Long known as "America’s Summer Golf Capital," several of the region's resorts rank among the top 100 golf resorts in the country. All offer early season golf packages.

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Love Is In The Mountains For Valentine’s Day/Weekend

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You just might fall in love with some of the deals awaiting you and your loved one in the mountains all across America. Here’s a sampling:

 

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Lots Of Romantic Getaways For Midwest Skiing, Riding

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner here are some of my favorite Heartland spots to combine snowsports and romance.

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Michigan Deal: Fill Your Tank, Get Free Lift Ticket

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How would you like to get a free lift ticket to your favorite ski resort every time you fill your gas tank? Well, you can. Here's how:

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Northern Michigan Resorts Add Activities, Terrain Parks, Snowmaking

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A while back I outlined what’s new around Boyne Country in northern Michigan (see story) including more snowmaking and new lifts, but that just scratches the surface. 

 

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Michigan Trade Group Offers Residents Incentives Ski, Ride

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Michigan residents who have wanted to give winter sports a try may not find a better offer. Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) has a couple of affordable programs to encourage adults and children to give snow sports a try this winter.  

 

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Winter Activities Coming To Virginia’s Renovated Homestead

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The newly renovated Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va., is gearing up to greet winter with a variety of activities.

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