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I live in Burnsville now, not far from Buck Hill (The Urban Mountain).  A number of ski areas have vanished into memory but the ski "scene" here is active and strong.  Buck Hill is still a highly respected race training facility for kids through close to high school as is the Team Gilboa program which works out of Hyland Hills.  There are three traveling ski schools in town that I know of and in most years combined registration for those schools starts each season at probably 2,500 kids.  Vail Resorts bought Afton two seasons back.

 

For the last two seasons we've had a pretty lively discussion thread on Epic revolving around local skiing.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/142413/calling-all-minnesota-epicskiers-2015-2016

 

Is skiing in decline here, not a chance.  :D 

I'm glad to hear it. Minnesota is a great place. I have many pleasant memories., still get out to canoe the BWCA a bit.

post #62 of 65
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I'm glad to hear it. Minnesota is a great place. I have many pleasant memories., still get out to canoe the BWCA a bit.

We used to spend a week or more a summer in the BWCA. Now we go to the Adirondaks. Other then the mountains being bigger, the lakes smaller, and how many lakes allow motors it looks pretty similar.

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 the Team Gilboa program which works out of Hyland Hills.

Glad to hear Hyland Hills is still open, although I've been to more concerts there then gone skiing.

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Of course we can't not mention the storied training facility which is Buck Hill.

 

I didn't mention Buck because I've never skied there. When you drive by the place usually looks like a panda farm and I'm not much for chasing sticks. When I was in HS if we were at an area I hadn't skied much or the snow was really good I would DQ my first run, and be back in an hour and a half or so. Unfortunately (for me) most of our meets were at Birch Park so I accidently lettered anyway. I do think the signs on 35W outside Buck warning that the streets may be slippery when snowmaking is in operation is funny.  

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We've been out to canoe the BWCA the last two summers. Wonderful place. There have been a number of extensive fires since I was there in the `1970's which has altered the character of some areas but it is a great place to lose yourself for a week or so. Oddly enough we drove through the Adirondacs on the return trip but I have never canoed there.

 

I loved it that Minnesota had the BWCA and the North Shore area of Lake Superior as a contrast to the prairie landscape, like having the northwoods and a seacoast combined. 

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Warning-----Continued thread drift

 

 

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Originally Posted by oisin View Post                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ... the North Shore area of Lake Superior ... and a seacoast combined. 

There is a resemblance between the Maine coast and the north shore, one big difference though, water temperature. The first time we visited Popham beach, the summer before we moved to VT,* we asked how cold the water was and he said it's pretty cold. I asked if it's as cold as lake Superior. He looked at us a bit cross eyed, and said if we'd swum in Lake Superior this is warm. 

 

Turned out he's right. I've since spent hours in the water off the Maine coast, the only time I could stay in Superior more then a minute or so was when we waded in from a stream in the Porcupines and then if you got more then 20 feet from the stream outlet it was freezing.  

 

*1995

post #65 of 65
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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post
 

There is a resemblance between the Maine coast and the north shore, one big difference though, water temperature. The first time we visited Popham beach, the summer before we moved to VT,* we asked how cold the water was and he said it's pretty cold. I asked if it's as cold as lake Superior. He looked at us a bit cross eyed, and said if we'd swum in Lake Superior this is warm. 

 

Turned out he's right. I've since spent hours in the water off the Maine coast, the only time I could stay in Superior more then a minute or so was when we waded in from a stream in the Porcupines and then if you got more then 20 feet from the stream outlet it was freezing.  

 

*1995

I know it was always a bit odd that the only places warm enough to swim were the mouths of what sometimes seemed like mountain streams. The water temperature of the lake has become significantly warmer since I was there in the late 70's though, warming something like 2 degrees per decade if I remember correctly. 

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