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2016-2017 Midwest Season...What's new?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Well we're getting closer to ski season.  Leaves are certainly changing in Minnesota and the weather is cooling off pretty quickly.

 

New year means a new thread.   I'm as excited for this ski season as I've ever been!

 

What's new at your local mid-west ski area?   Where are you planning to ski?    Will we get more snow than last year?!?

 

Discuss...

post #2 of 22

Will be paying a little more attention to MN skiing talk this winter.  My niece moved there for grad school.

 

For anyone who didn't know about last season's thread:

http://www.epicski.com/t/142662/2015-2016-midwest-season-whats-coming

post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 

I will as well with my son on a high school racing team this winter...  We'll get to ski 5 hills this winter just for his ski meets.

post #4 of 22

I'm working with a new program this year at Blackhawk Ski Club. A small private "winter sports training center". It started as a jump hill many years ago. Now they have a complete nordic program, including biathelon. Alpine racing trains next to the 50 meter jump on a fast rope with a great pitch.

I'll still be coaching Waunakee High School at Tyrol Basin.

post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by SLATZ View Post

I'm working with a new program this year at Blackhawk Ski Club. A small private "winter sports training center". It started as a jump hill many years ago. Now they have a complete nordic program, including biathelon. Alpine racing trains next to the 50 meter jump on a fast rope with a great pitch.



I'll still be coaching Waunakee High School at Tyrol Basin.


 



Funny enough, I am from Waunakee but didn't get into downhill soon enough to join any team.... small world!
post #6 of 22

With any help from Mother Nature at all, I will again be skiing, and coaching the race team, at the Coffee Mill Ski Area next to beautiful Wabasha, Minnesota, and the Mississippi River.  And, with a lot of luck, and about 110,000 votes I may get the privilege of moving to Wabasha to be their new judge.

post #7 of 22
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With any help from Mother Nature at all, I will again be skiing, and coaching the race team, at the Coffee Mill Ski Area next to beautiful Wabasha, Minnesota, and the Mississippi River.  And, with a lot of luck, and about 110,000 votes I may get the privilege of moving to Wabasha to be their new judge.

 

Did they open last year?   I though they didn't operate for a year recently.  I've always wanted to try to place out for a day.

post #8 of 22

On December 30, 2015, the Board met and we had one teeny patch of snow left and there was no snowmaking weather in the forecast for the upcoming week.  With cost of making snow, not to mention the 3.5 weeks it takes to make the snow, our CFO concluded we would lose money it was just a question of how much we would lost.  As a result, the Board unanimously decided to not open Coffee Mill for the 2015-2016 season.  As a result, we have the resources to open this year...with a little help from Mother Nature. 

 

I would be remiss if I didn't let you all know, that Welch Village saved our bacon!  They, out of the kindness of their hearts, agreed to honor our season passes at Welch with no cost to our members.  In addition, Welch also permitted our race team to practice their on Saturday nights so we could keep our team intact.  I cannot overstate our appreciation, and cannot thank Peter, Leigh, and Chris enough.  As a small token of my appreciation, I need to get up there and purchase my season pass on Friday.

 

So, we have every intention of opening this season and hopefully many more.  We would love to have you and your family visit!

post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 

Wow that is an amazing act of kindness by Welch Village.   I'm a bit sad my family and I have moved too far north to make Welch Village our main ski area.   Wild is just not as good IMO but still a fun time overall.

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post #11 of 22

When I taught at Cascade 25 years ago Wisconsin changed it's environmental laws. They cut those runs before the new laws took effect.

They always planned to do that. I think Vail's purchase of Wilmot may have had some effect on their decision.

They get a lot of Illinois business being right on I 90/94.

post #12 of 22

This will slightly but measurably increase my odds of a day trip or 2 to Cascade from Chicago if it snows. Well Done!

post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by SLATZ View Post
 

When I taught at Cascade 25 years ago Wisconsin changed it's environmental laws. They cut those runs before the new laws took effect.

They always planned to do that. I think Vail's purchase of Wilmot may have had some effect on their decision.

They get a lot of Illinois business being right on I 90/94.

 

So these are the runs to the east side of the hill that are already cut but have never been used, correct?

post #14 of 22
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So these are the runs to the east side of the hill that are already cut but have never been used, correct?
That's right.

Fyi, only about half of the cut runs will be added in this phase
post #15 of 22
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That's right.

Fyi, only about half of the cut runs will be added in this phase

 

 

Yeah I've looked at that hill a ton driving to Madison but never skied there.   We always go in the fall so I've never had a chance, but I didn't think I ever saw a lift over there and kept wondering about that but never checked up on it.

post #16 of 22

Winter forecast of above average precipitation?  Check!

https://opensnow.com/news/post/noaa-s-2016-2017-winter-forecast

 

We in the mitten state and areas that benefit from lake effect snow should be in great shape this year. 

While I typically spend time at Nubs and the Boynes, Caberfae will be the only resort in the state with a new chair this season servicing it's north peak.
http://caberfaepeaks.com/the-mountain/new-chairlift-for-201617/

 

A much needed upgrade for a hill with excellent terrain but aging infrastructure.

post #17 of 22

Alpine Valley in Wisconsin unexpectedly opened on Monday (11/21). I got up there on Tuesday (11/22) for some turns. Surprisingly good. I love Alpine Valley. It is a ton of fun to do the destination resorts, but I have a sweet spot for Alpine Valley - staff are very friendly, Alpine Pat is great, and the skiers/riders are really nice. 

 

Hope things turn around and everywhere in the Midwest can start opening soon...

post #18 of 22

Brule camp was a big success.

We had four days of great training on Logjam with free skiing on Otterslide.

Unfortunately it's raining hard in New Glarus and southern WI. The cold that is supposed to come Wednesday doesn't look like enough for snowmaking.

I called Brule and it's raining there too. Keeping fingers crossed for the race this weekend.

post #19 of 22
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Alpine Valley in Wisconsin unexpectedly opened on Monday (11/21). I got up there on Tuesday (11/22) for some turns. Surprisingly good. I love Alpine Valley. It is a ton of fun to do the destination resorts, but I have a sweet spot for Alpine Valley - staff are very friendly, Alpine Pat is great, and the skiers/riders are really nice. 

 

Hope things turn around and everywhere in the Midwest can start opening soon...

 

I love the pair of tracks that lead into the grass...

post #20 of 22

Haha well I wish I would have taken a picture on Sunday. One run featured multiple points where you had to jump or ski across grass. It was immensely popular with all ages. My fellow Wisconsinites had MUD FEVER to ski this dirt/snow chimera. 

 

Yes, I indulged several times myself.

post #21 of 22

Tyrol opens Friday and Sunburst's USSA race is on.

Hopefully winter is here to stay.

post #22 of 22
I would say so. Lake effect systems have started in the UP. Most of Wisconsin is going to see 3-5 inches of snow this weekend too. Yay!
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