[R214R, Loch Lomond], offering one of the largest vertical drops in the Great Lakes region, has one week left for its fall season pass sale. Save over $50 CA when you purchase a pass now through Sunday, September 18. 

An adult season pass is currently $589 CA ($591.82 US) and will be going up to $648 CA ($651.11 US) on September 19. A student pass is now $502 CA ($504.37 US) and will be going up to $552 CA ($554.55 US). Junior (6-13) and senior (60+) passes jump from $405 CA ($406.85 US) to $446 CA ($448.03 US). A family of four can save over $130 CA by purchasing a family pass before September 19.

An adult full day lift ticket will be $44 CA ($44.20 US) this season, and a junior/senior lift ticket will be $33 CA ($33.15 US).     

It's a long drive to Thunder Bay, Ontario for most Heartlanders, but Loch Lomond offers outstanding scenery and some of the best advanced runs around the Great Lakes. The drive north through Minnesota's Arrowhead region to Canada is nothing short of spectacular. Sheer rock cliffs drop into the icy-blue waters of Lake Superior and endless forests stretch inland. The ski area is perched on an escarpment about 50 miles above the border. 

Drive into the Loch parking lot and your eyes are immediately drawn to a headwall looming directly above the chalet. Jolly Giant and Devil's Dive are a formidable duo. The Giant's headwall is reminiscent of Western headwalls. It's steep, but wide enough to entice unwary intermediates into its clutches. Drop over the edge, and you're in full view of the day lodge below.

Devil's Dive, next to the Giant, cuts a narrow, steep, twisting swath through trees all the way to the bottom. It's the Heartland version of Stowe's famed Nosedive from the early years before it was widened. 

Intermediates and beginners will enjoy the south side of the mountain with its less intimidating terrain. Birch and Maple—up to 1.5 miles long—are enjoyable cruisers that are great to warm up on before heading to the headwall.

Thunder Bay boasts the largest Finnish population (80,000) in the world, outside of Finland. If you go, make sure to try the Finnish pancakes at Hoito... they're a real treat.    

To purchase your Loch Lomond season pass or for more info, click here.