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Big Snow Country

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Hit the SlopesSkiers' Alert! Snow's falling in the Western Upper Peninsula and Big Snow Country is open for business.  Ski three great resorts for one low price with a $78 Hill Hopper ticket.   

This season, take advantage of Big Snow Country's "Hill Hopper Ticket" which lets you ski and ride all three mountains--Big Powderhorn Mountain, Blackjack Resort and Indianhead Mountain-- for one LOW PRICE.  Big Snow Country--BIG snow, BIG variety, BIG value. Just one lift ticket package lets you ski and ride all three mountains--plus, with each paid adult, a child 12 and under skis free.  Don't wait, visit Big Snow Country now.

Heralded as the "Ski Mecca of the Midwest," Big Snow Country boasts three resorts, tucked into the southwestern border of Lake Superior's snow belt. The premiere skiing destination features 73 slopes collectively. With an average of 200 inches of snow you can ski or snowboard until April.  On top of all this natural snowfall, the resorts in Big Snow Country make snow with the latest, state-of-the-art equipment.   more...

 



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2004 International DN Ice Sailing World Championship

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2004 International DN Ice Sailing World Championship
January 18-25, Lake Balaton, Hungary
Photos by
Carlo Borlenghi.



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GUNNING FOR SNOW: Ski resorts give nature a boost

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Gaylord Herald Times

GAYLORD - When the weather dips below 28 degrees, snowmaking becomes a 24-hour job at area ski resorts. This makes grueling work for those on snowmaking crews, such as that at the Otsego Club and Treetops Resort. At the Otsego Club, these crews are separated into three, eight-hour shifts Monday through Friday, then two, 12-hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday.

“Once the snowmaking starts, you don't have any time off,” said Mike Salkovich, mountain manager at the Otsego Club.

 

Snowmaking at area ski resorts has been an around-the-clock operation since mid-November, with the only down time being the few warm days just after Thanksgiving.

Mitch Buschbacher, director of facilities at Treetops, said because northern Michigan weather can be unpredictable, it's important to take advantage of cold weather days. “If we've got the weather, we try to get (snow) made because with Michigan weather, you never know when it's going to turn warm again,” Buschbacher said. “Temperatures (this year) have been real conducive to good snowmaking.”   more...

 



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HISTORY OF THE FOUR LAKES ICE YACHT CLUB

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By Debra Rosten Whitehorse
February 14, 2004


Madison, Wisconsin has been regarded a hotbed of ice yachting since the 1800's. Set atop an isthmus, Madison is bracketed by Lakes Mendota and Monona.  A few miles south Lake Waubesa and Lake Kegonsa complete the foursome.

Our four lakes have seen a myriad of ice boat designs throughout the years, from rustic, home-made boats, to high-tech carbon fiber creations worthy of an art museum. In 1878, Harper's Bazaar Magazine recognized Madison's prominence in the sport in an article with a now famous engraving that depicts ice yachts and the scenic isthmus. 

The Dutch are the grandfathers of ice boating. They were the first to add cross planks and runners under sail boat hulls for moving cargo over the icy canals of the Netherlands. Dutch settlers of New York's Hudson River Valley brought their custom of ice boating to the New World and ice yachting spread across North America wherever there was ice to be found.    more...

 



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Upper Peninsula Snowmobiling

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This site contains a wide range of information on snowmobiling in the Upper Peninsula, including up to date weather and trail reports and webcams.  more...

 



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Early snows shower state resorts with skiers

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The Muskegon Chronicle

One of Michigan's earliest winters on record is making history at ski facilities here and across the state.

Four days of snow prompted officials to open the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex on Sunday. It was the earliest opening in the facility's history. At the same time, some Michigan ski resorts opened in mid-November this year and have been doing big business since Thanksgiving.

The winter complex, located at Muskegon State Park, features ice skating, cross-country skiing and the area's only luge track. The cross country trails are open now, the skating rink should be open by the weekend and the luge track will be open as soon as possible, said Ellen Berends, manager of the sports complex lodge.

The air temperature in West Michigan will remain below average this week, and up to one foot of new snow is expected to fall on the area by Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.    more...

 



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The rub on waxless skis: They need wax

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ERIC SHARP - FREE PRESS

As I looked out my office window on Thanksgiving morning, a cross-country ski trip wasn't the first thing that popped into mind. Lake Margrethe was barely visible through clouds of wind-driven snow, as a late fall blizzard lashed the waters.

But today the wind is supposed to drop dramatically, the snow should continue, and Lynn Frye at Cross Country Ski Headquarters in Roscommon said her husband, Bob, would be grooming their 15 miles of trails.

That means that I'll set up the ski-waxing bench in the basement and put a coat of glide wax on the tips and tails of the skis that Susan and I will use. And I'll renew the grip tape on the kick section of my waxable classic skis.

Today and Saturday should be great days for people in southern Michigan to make a cross-country ski trip to the northern Lower Peninsula. (Sunday is a little iffy, with temperatures reaching the 40s and a chance of rain.)   more...

 



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Cross-Country Skiing On Man-Made Snow

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(AP) MILWAUKEE

Some cross-country ski course operators are taking a cue from their downhill brethren and turning to snowmaking machines.

They're spending millions of dollars on snowmaking systems they hope will get them through snowless stretches of winter.

Like ski clubs in Madison and the northern community of Iola in recent years, Lapham Peak State Park in the Town of Delafield will start making snow for part of its lighted cross-country trail this winter season.

A group also is trying to raise $500,000 to add underground water pipes, a water reservoir and snow guns to the park's trail system.

"We want it for more reliable and longer skiing," said Ed Muzik, the park's property manager. "The last couple of years have been problematic with snow."

Chris Frado, executive director of the Cross Country Ski Areas Association in Winchester, N.H., blames shifting weather patterns on the lack of snow.
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It's almost time...

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http://www.michiganoutdoornews.com/

NICE ICE. With a little more cold weather, Michigan sportsmen might have some ice fishing to do once they emerge from the deer woods. If you’re wondering what’s new for the ice-fishing season, be sure to check out the N.E. Michigan Sportsman’s Show in Onaway, Dec. 2-4. Stock photo



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Sledding Across the UP

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As Featured in the November 2005 Monthly eNewsletter  - michigan.org

Snowmobiles can travel almost anywhere in the Upper Peninsula without leaving the more than 2,000 miles of groomed trails carved from old logging and mining roads, abandoned rail beds and forest pathways.

Sledding Fun 
- Courtesy of Vito Palmisano

The network of trails extends from Ironwood and Iron Mountain on the Michigan/Wisconsin line to Marquette, the UP's largest city, south to Escanaba and all the way east to Sault Ste. Marie on the Ontario border. The trails also take you through plenty of peaceful woods and to small towns where sleds line up in front of lodges, cafés and motels.

One popular sledding route in the western UP takes you along the edge of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park on loops to and from Silver City. Or, head north on the Keweenaw Peninsula for more great sledding adventures. The Keweenaw, a rocky, densely forested finger of land jutting north into Lake Superior, is the UP's snowiest realm. From the ship channel in Houghton, you can sled trails 70 miles north to Copper Harbor, a snowmobile hotspot at the peninsula's northernmost point. For more information on snowmobiling in this region of the state, contact the Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association.
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Nite Site News

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What's New On iceboat.org:

International Nite Class Association Webmaster, Fred Miller, is busy revamping the Nite site. There are handy weather features on the front page giving temps for all the major ice boating locations. Take a look...

Nite Iceboating Is Cool!!!!!!!!



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Luge into Winter

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michigan.org

Daredevils speeding down an ice track at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex experience a rare and exhilarating thrill.  The course is 720 feet long. The upper strength of this steep looping run is reserved for seasoned and daring experts. Amateurs can sled the bottom 500 feet.  Top speed on that strength is a deceptive 15 mph.

Luge, Muskegon 
- Courtesy of Michigan Travel Ideas

The complex, which boasts one of three luge tracks in the United States, was designed for introducing beginners to the sport of luge. In addition to luge fun, the complex also has an illuminated cross-country ski trail system with 7.5 kilometers of lighted and groomed trails and an additional 8 kilometers of advanced day trails.  Winter outdoor enthusiasts also enjoy three ice skating rinks catering to hockey, family skating, and a kiddie rink. The heated sports lodge operated by the complex is complete with rentals, food service, fireplace and a warming area.   more...


 



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Boyne Highlands

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http://www.boynehighlands.com/

With good fortune and excellent snowmaking capabilities, we're excited to announce that we will have lifts and runs open for your enjoyment starting Friday, Nov. 25th through Sunday, Nov. 27th. We will operate from 9AM to 4:30PM each day and lift tickets will be only $25! Lift and Lodge packages start at $67 per person. Although closing 11/28-12/1, we anticipate re-opening on Friday, December 2nd for the season. Stay tuned for frequent updates and THINK SNOW! Check out our weekend specials 

What's new this season at the Boynes? Click here for full details. 
2005-06 Boyne WinterSports Season Passes Purchase online!  WinterSports Season Pass Application (pdf)
Introducing the Avalanche Bay Family Splash Pass SAVE 20% When You Upgrade Your Wintersports Season Passes to Include a Family Splash Pass! Details... 
New Super Pipe - The Longest In North America! At 700', Boyne Mountain's Pipe Passes All Others as North America's longest.  
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Learn to Ski

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Ski Intstruction. 
- Courtesy of Michigan Travel Ideas

Numerous Michigan resorts and ski areas offer outstanding learn-to-ski programs for beginners of every age, and for experienced skiers looking to stay sharp. Boyne Highlands Resort is among the best destinations for ski instruction. Located in picturesque Harbor Springs, this resort offers qualified professionals ready and eager to teach skiing and snowboarding. A relaxing, serene environment removes the pressure students often feel in a crowded resort or among highly competitive, advanced skiers. The cross-country trails generally get plenty of excellent snow, and rave reviews. Students can choose from private or group lessons.  Private lessons are $55 and are held hourly, while group lessons are $33 per person.   more...

 



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