The 2018/2019 season is off and running across North America and you might already have big eyes for Colorado’s healthy November snow totals, but before you jet set to the Rockies, you can take your first, uneasy, fall turns at your local hill in the Midwest first.
Many of the Midwest’s finest areas are spinning the lifts, so go get your season pass printed out and buckle those boots down for the first time.
From Lutsen to Hyland Hills, cold temperatures mean snow-covered pistes.
Here is a select list of ski areas and their open statuses across the Midwest as of Tuesday, Nov. 27:
Lutsen (Northern MN) – Open, weekends
Welch Village (Southern MN) – Open
Granite Peak (Wasau, WI) – Open
Trollhaugen (Western WI) – Open
Wilmot (Southern WI) – Closed, opens Nov. 30
Cascade (Central WI) – Closed, opens Nov. 30
Alpine Valley (Southern WI) – Open
Wild Mountain (Eastern MN) – Open, first in the Midwest, Oct. 21!
Spirit Mountain (Duluth, MN) – Open
Hyland Hills (Twin Cities, MN) – Open
Afton Alps (Eastern MN) – Open
Buck Hill (Twin Cities, MN) – Open
Powder Ridge (St. Cloud, MN) – Open, limited as of 11/27
Mount Bohemia (Upper Peninsula, MI) – Closed, opens Dec. 1
Big Powderhorn (Upper Peninsula, MI) – Closed, opens Dec. 15
Blackjack (Upper Peninsula, MI) – Open, weekends
Indianhead (Upper Peninsula, MI) – Closed, opens Dec. 14
Ski Brule (Upper Peninsula, MI) – Open
Boyne Mountain (Northern MI) – Open, weekends
Boyne Highlands (Northern MI) – Open, weekends
Of course conditions are largely manmade so far, which could limit the number of runs open at each of these hills. I would recommend giving your hill a call to make sure what’s open and what’s not. The Midwest ski hill website notoriously over exaggerates its openings, but having been that person on the other end of the phone at the ski hill office, they’ll give it to you straight.
Didn’t see your local hill? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add it to our list next time.
Happy skiing everyone and welcome to the new season with Midwest Ski Journal.
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