[R370R, Ski Brule], already a Midwest family favorite, improved its terrain parks over the summer, added a beginner-level park, a deck on the comfortable Homestead Lodge, and Internet accessibility throughout the resort. 

The Bambi Playground is a place for those who are just starting out, or if you just want to learn some tricks.  It's filled with features including rails, boxes, and slides that are easier and laid out on a gentle pitch.  The Snowshoe and Rapids Terrain Parks have been newly redesigned as well.  A new layout and features, designed by two-time U.S. National Snowboard Cross Champion Nick Baumgartner, will be unveiled this season.  

The longtime Homestead Lodge, a restored 1880's original UP homestead cabin, is located partway down the Homestead Trail and is accessible by downhill skiers, snowboarders and cross-country skiers.  It's also available by sleigh ride for resort guests in the evening. 

Much of the original aged structure remains complete with antique photos.  It's long been a favorite watering hole and a great place to sit and watch skiers and boarders go by while feasting on a great grilled burgers.  With a new deck on a sunny day, what can be better? 

You can purchase daily lift tickets for $28 through Dec.24. That's a $10 savings over the regular ticket window price.  Tickets are valid anytime during the season with no restrictions.  They only can be purchased on Ski Brule's Web site.