What’s new for you in ’21-22: Midwest

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Ski areas in the Midwest have spent the summer adding new amenities ranging from a quad lift to expanded snowmaking and terrain to snazzy hot spots to eat or snooze. Technology has been as focus, too. Several ski area groups such as Boyne  and Vail Resorts have launched new, exciting multi-year plans to make “what’s new” their mantra for many years into the future.

Here’s what’s new at a number of ski resorts in the Midwest:

We’ve got lift-off

Wisconsin

Devil’s Head has installed a brand new Dopplemayer Alpenstar Fixed-grip Quad chairlift will replace two older chairs and accesses beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain. The lift is similar to the newer lifts on the front side of the mountain.

More snowmaking and room to ski and ride

Minnesota

Wild Mountain has acquired 4 HKD Volt snowguns to support reducing energy consumption for snowmaking. These snowmakers use approximately 1/3 the power as traditional snowguns. The plan, they say, is “keep it wild.”

The news from Lutsen Mountains comes with a caveat. You’ll need a bit of patience. The resort, all currently on private land, has applied for a Special Use Permit from the Forest Service to develop almost 500 acres of new lift-served terrain in the Moose and Eagle Mt. Area, including more lifts, snowmaking and improved base facilities and infrastructure. It is in the public comment phase now and most online posts are favorable.

Ohio

The tube park at Mad River Mountain, already one of the largest tube parks in the region, gets a facelift for the new season. The Bubly Tube Park is a reimagined tubing experience.

What's new in the midwest skiing, Granite Peak, WI.
Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wisconsin. ©Shutterstock

Wisconsin

Granite Peak spent $2.5 million this off-season installing 115 new pieces of snowmaking equipment across the mountain. Trails like Elk, Slalom, Western Frontier, Infinity and others received “some love” this summer.

Cascade Mountain has beefed up its snowmaking by adding 10 new Super Polecat guns and about 1,000 feet of new pipe and is expected to help get more terrain open early.

Devil’s Head has fixed the grading on two slopes. Off-loading on the bunny hill will now be easier. The bottom of the terrain park has been regraded to prevent bottlenecking. The view of the park from the Avalanche Deck is, as they say, “pretty rad.”

Boyne Mountain hotel Highlands.
Boyne Mountain Resort, Michigan.

New places to eat and snooze

Michigan

Boyne Mountain will open the Chalet Edelweiss, billed as a “contemporary alpine escape” in December. It takes the feel of the former Edelweiss Lodge and re-imagines it into a European-style guest haus in “chalet-luxe” style. There’s a Nordic experience, too. This is an early part of Boyne’s Renaissance 2.0, 10-year project.

Wisconsin

Devil’s Head has fixed the grading on two slopes. Off-loading on the bunny hill will now be easier. The bottom of the terrain park has been regraded to prevent bottlenecking. The view of the park from the Avalanche Deck is, as they say, “pretty rad.”

The historic chalet at Granite Peak became a restaurant last season and will build on its success for this year with more menu choices, signature cocktails and more.

Minnesota

Wild Mountain brings the Corduroy Club to the new season. Look for soft-seating, fireplace seating at the bar made from a live edge timber slab and an adjacent 2,000 square foot sundeck. Add to all that a new locker room, with plenty of seating easy access to both the parking lot and snow front.

And behind the scenes

Michigan

Boyne Mt. has installed RFID technology to speed access onto its lifts. A solar array installation stands to power the equivalence of the resort’s 300+ homes and condominiums.

Boston Mills Brandywine Ski Resort, Ohio
©Boston Mills Brandywine Ski Resort

Ohio

Boston Mills and Brandywine will join in Vail Resorts’ Epic Mix so guests can track their vertical, get real-time resort info and book rental lodging.

Alpine Valley is also adding the Epic Mix program for its guests.

Wisconsin

Granite Peak is working with Spectrum to increase wi-fi and cabling systems in chalets and throughout the base area.

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What’s new for you: Midwest

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