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La Nina's back, but she's not the same little girl as last year, so the snow forecast looks to be a little different.
Rib Mountain Ski Area will be reborn as Granite Peak Ski Area, under the leadership of Charles Skinner, Jr. of Lutsen Mountains, MN.
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Ski Brule has taken advantage of Michigan's consistently chilly temperatures to make a thick carpet of snow. The ski area opened for weekends on Nov. 5 and will open for the season this Friday.
More summer festivals in the midwest.
Both Wild Mountain, MN, and Ski Brule, MI, are claiming bragging rights as the first to open in Midwest. Open off-and-on since early November, both will open for the season this weekend.
Aggressive snowmaking has made for a 3-5 foot base, and the ski area guarantees 80 percent of runs will be open through April 9.
Traditional Labor Day sales have disappeared in most Eastern and Midwestern markets, but are alive and strong in Seattle, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and wherever the Gart-Oshman's-Sportmart banner flies.
Ski shops play a critical role in the enjoyment of our sport.
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