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Scenic Ski Getaway

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Hit the Slopes!Hit the slopes and wind down for a cozy stay at a Michigan B&B.  The Sanctuary at Wildwood B&B in Jones, situated on over 90 acres of woods and meadows in Southwest Michigan, offers the perfect romantic winter getaway for skiers. From December 1 through March 31, take advantage of their VIP Special Ski Package.
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Discover Michigan Skiing

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Family Skiing FunSo, you want to learn to ski—or, maybe snowboard-- but don’t know where to start? You can learn basic ski and snowboard maneuvers with Michigan Snowsports Industries Association’s (MSIA) “Discover Michigan Skiing” Program. Again this year, ski areas across the state have teamed up with MSIA and Michigan McDonald’s restaurants to offer an exciting and very affordable introduction to the sport of skiing and snowboarding.   more...

 

 

 



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24 Ski Areas for Just $169

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SkierThe Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) partners with 24 ski properties across the state for a deal you can’t pass up. For just $169, skiers can purchase the MSIA White Gold Card and ski at 24 different ski areas all season long. Some black-out dates apply—December 24-January 3.   more...

 

 

 

 



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Just In...Cold is Cool!

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Enjoying the ColdSki areas across the state want to give Michigan kids an opportunity to get out, have fun and get healthy this winter. To help accomplish this, the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) is sponsoring a program that provides every fourth grader in Michigan the opportunity to ski for free.
 
To participate, fourth graders can obtain a "Cold is Cool" Ski and Snowboard Passport that gives them up to three free lift tickets or trail passes at each of the 18 participating ski areas. This 4th Grade Passport promotion is just one of the components of MSIA" Cold is Cool" program, which is dedicated to improving the health of the children in our state by offering healthy winter outdoor activities for all Michigan kids and their families.   more...

 



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What's new at other Michigan ski resorts

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Skiers will find many improvements for the 2004-05 ski season at resorts across the state.

•Boyne USA has introduced Olympian Cary Adgate as "Boyne USA Ski Ambassador." Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain both expanded their beginner area terrain parks and added complete rail yards to their advanced terrain parks. Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls is expected to open its much-anticipated, $50-million Mountain Grand Lodge at the base of its slopes in late winter and the adjacent 88,000-square-foot Avalanche Bay indoor water park is slated to debut in May. Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs will open a new full-service, on-hill restaurant called North Peak and has expanded its cross-country trails to 40 kilometers.   more...

 



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HISTORY OF THE FOUR LAKES ICE YACHT CLUB

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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.     more...

 



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West Michigan Ice Yacht Club

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picture taken February 2001 at White Lake by Anne Dake

What's new for '04-'05 Season

The West Michigan Ice Yacht Club had there Annual Meeting on Sunday November 21st. It was held at Allan & Anne Dakes' home on South Shore Drive in Whitehall. 38 members attended and enjoyed the great food served by Rear Commodore Chip Sawyer.   more...

 



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Jens Hookansen, 2004 J/24 World Champion

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Report by Chuck Allen

Jens, first of all congratulations on winning The J/24 Worlds!

How many years have you been sailing J/24’s?

Jens: Well, I started off crewing for Ken Read back in the 1980’s, where we had great success in the class. Phil Garland had Salsa during that same time and we would sail Thursday Nights together in Newport’s Fleet 50. I ended up with the boat in 1989 and we won our first major event, The Volvo, that same year. We have been sailing Salsa ever since.   more...

 

 



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On the trails of Tremblant: Skiers enjoy Quebec's flavor

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"Bienvenue a Tremblant, monsieur."

The phrase hung in the March air while I tried to conjure my long-lost French skills to reply, but the hotel receptionist quickly filled the awkward silence by welcoming me in English.

The French flavors - both cultural and gastronomic - made Mont Tremblant a delightfully challenging and joyful collection of surprises. Those surprises became the theme for my visit to this resort that has been voted the "Best in the East" five consecutive years in Ski magazine.   more...

 



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Snow days

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A couple of years ago John and Julie Piszker of Dearborn started thinking about introducing their two children to skiing. "I had skied a bit in college, but we'd pretty much given up the sport when the kids came along," says Julie. "We thought skiing would be something to do as a family, but we had no idea where to go.

"My parents suggested giving Crystal Mountain a try, and we fell in love with the place."

Now 10-year-old Alex and 7-year-old Jessica are Crystal Mountain veterans who cruise the slopes almost every weekend the resort is open, and the Piszkers wouldn't ski anywhere else. "Crystal is our hidden little gem," Julie says.   more...

 



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We jump into winter

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Where but here below Lake Superior can the weather bring us from mid-November to mid-December in just 48 hours?

Ironwood has received a foot of wet, heavy snow since Friday, most of it arriving through Saturday, with some areas receiving slightly more and some slightly less.

That snow has paved the way for the winter recreation season to get into full swing.

Wednesday marks the official opening of snowmobile season in Michigan and Wisconsin. The alpine ski season will get under way, and the Nordic ski season is already under way with the weekend opening at ABR Nordic, south of Ironwood.   more...

 



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Keeping the snow busy in Michigan

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Ski Brule, at Iron River in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, has a reputation for being the Midwest's first ski resort to open each winter and the last to close in the spring, according to Ski magazine. Ski Brule also offers travel packages, so we wanted to find out whether their deals are a solid value. We crunched the numbers on the "Midweek Family Package," good on non-holiday weeknights, Sunday-Thursday, through the end of the season. (Contact: 800-362-7853; www.skibrule.com)

THE DEAL

$1,033 per family of six (two adults and four kids 17 or younger) staying Sunday-Thursday nights, non-holiday.

Includes: five nights in a four-bedroom Mountain Dreams chalet at Ski Brule; five-day lift tickets; all-you-can-eat barbecue dinner one evening with sleigh ride; lodging taxes.

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Ski resorts add unusual lodgings to the mix

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At almost any of Michigan's major ski resorts you can book slopeside accommodations; rooms or condos at the bottom of the hill. But at Crystal Mountain you can bed down at the top.

Why shuffle over to the chairlift in the morning when you simply can step outside and ski?

The Thompsonville resort's MountainTop Townhouses are elegant three-story condos with a fireplace in the living room, a sun deck outside and a whirlpool tub in the master suite.

Best of all is their location; at the top of Main Street, a long cruising run at the front of the resort that ends at a high-speed chairlift.

Now that's convenience!

"It was great," said Nancy Spenchian of Bloomfield Hills, whose family spent a week in one of the townhouses last winter. "We just jumped into our skis every morning and took off."    more...

 



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Ski resorts ready for winter

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HARBOR SPRINGS - As temperatures dip below freezing and Northwest Michigan's ski resorts get ready to start their season each fall, Nathan Pedersen finds himself wandering the woods as he did in his childhood - with a couple of key differences.

"It just happens to be in the middle of the night, and you've got a job to do," the member of the overnight snowmaking crew at the Nub's Nob ski area said.

Once mid-fall - and the sustained below-freezing temperatures needed for snowmaking - roll around, local ski resorts put their equipment to use in hope of opening during the Thanksgiving weekend - or earlier if possible.   more...


 



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Michigan's long history of ski jumping

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Skiing quite possibly is the oldest sport known to man. (Picture a clever caveman tying some old mastadon ribs to his feet and scooting around the mountains.)

Since the dawn of history, northern Europeans have looked on skiing as more efficient than walking. A museum in Stockholm, Sweden, claims to have a pair of skis that may be 5,000 years old. In the Middle Ages, armies proficient in the art of skiing controlled snow-covered

 areas of Europe.

As skiing developed into a leisure-time activity, categories such as alpine and nordic skiing evolved. But the most spectacular forms of skiing clearly are ski jumping and ski flying, thrilling not only to the jumper but to those spectators who brave the cold to marvel at the sight.

During the 1870s and 1880s the first ski-jumping tournaments in the country were held in Ishpeming, a tiny Michigan mining community near Lake Superior. Renegade skiiers seeking even greater thrills developed what became known as ski flying.

In ski jumping, the jumper follows the curve of the hill, usually no more than 10 feet off the ground, while fliers aim for much greater heights and distances. The sport is considered so dangerous that ski jumping is a male-only sport in the Olympic games and ski flying is not recognized at all.    more...

 



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