The snowsports season is underway in the upper Midwest.


[R500R, Wild Mountain Ski & Snowboard Area], east of the Twin Cities along the Minnesota/Wisconsin border, was able to open briefly last weekend with a couple of runs, but had to close during the week. They were able to reopen today, and plan to stay open through the weekend.


The early season rate is $15 for skiing and riding from  4-9 p.m. today and 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. tomorrow. Two runs are currently open with rope tow access. Sunday is still to be determined because rain is in the forecast, according to Spokesperson Amy Frischmon. 


It was the third year in a row for Wild to open over Halloween. They are normally the first Heartland ski area to open for the season.


[R370R, Ski Brule] in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has also made snow and is planning to open next Friday for the season.  They currently have a lift ticket special that runs through Nov. 21.  Buy five tickets online for $160 ($32 each) and receive a free lift ticket that can be used in December prior to Christmas. It's a savings of $10 per lift ticket, and they can be used anytime during the 2011/2012 season. A daily lift ticket will be $42 this season. They can only be purchased online.


Brule is offering a Thanksgiving Lodging Special. Stay four nights and you receive the first night at half-price.


Ski Brule holds the record for the longest Heartland ski season. They were open for 182 days during the 2002/2003 season, opening on Oct. 24 and closing April 23 that year. They normally open for the season in early November.