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post #61 of 79
Copper Peak could still be used for skiflying competition, but you have to pay the Europeans. Hmmmmm, maybe we could roll out a barrel and get The Fox to jump.
post #62 of 79
After skiing on a short hill all year, when you do get to ski on a mountain you really enjoy the longer runs and usually better snow conditions. I think skiers that ski vertically challenged ski areas most of the time when they do go on a ski vacation and ski at a much bigger area really get excited about the area they are at. Its like anything, if your home mountain is 3,000 vert. that's what you're accustomed to and it probably doesn't feel as special as it does to the people skiing a couple hundred vertical foot hill that vacation at the bigger mountain.

I know a lot of people that after skiing "out west" have quit skiing locally. I subscribe to all skiing is good, and I feel very fortunate I have a place to ski an hour or so down the road. I wouldn't give that up for anything. But I certainly relish the few times a season I get to ski out west on long runs and great snow.
post #63 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by steve crumbaugh
Copper Peak could still be used for skiflying competition, but you have to pay the Europeans. Hmmmmm, maybe we could roll out a barrel and get The Fox to jump.
The Brits already had Eddie the Eagle, haven't they?

If you look carefully, you can see the ski jump in the background of this photo from Big Powderhorn:

post #64 of 79
I have a picture of that ski jump from the top looking down, but my friends are at the bottom with the 'full moon' out. Don't think I can post that one.
post #65 of 79
I wouldn't have it any other way.......I love it here. Not only is the US Ski Hall Of Fame in Michigan, but we have some hidden Gems here in the UP, and I'm pretty sure they will be hidden for a long time
post #66 of 79

Anybody Remember the "Big M"?

Just curious if there are others out there...

Kaj
post #67 of 79
Manistee's????
post #68 of 79
Here's a shot that makes all those Midwest ski areas look great:
http://www.snowsportengland.org.uk/p...ll/CAL/S09.jpg
post #69 of 79
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Martin Bell
Here's a shot that makes all those Midwest ski areas look great:
http://www.snowsportengland.org.uk/p...ll/CAL/S09.jpg

I'd do it!
post #70 of 79
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson
Manistee's????
Yup, I learned how to ski there, ca. 1962.

I hear they've turned it into a cross country area now.

Kaj
post #71 of 79
I just happen to like the Midwest and I have so many friends around here.

Kneale, it, looks more likely every day that I will be visiting you a bit more this coming winter. I will have an airplane that will take me and three of my closest friends from my house to Boyne Mt in one hour and nineteen minutes and that includes time to climb. Its 284 nautical miles and the plane cruises 275mph at 20,000 ft. We can visit you for day skiing if Lake Placid has crumby weather

Here is a link to my subdivision. In the photo my house is the fourth house on the right on the first street to the right of the runway. http://www.skyparkaviatorsclub.com/
post #72 of 79
You can compete with the Corporate jet for landing space at the Mountain.

Maybe you can teach me how to get my old body through the bumps easier, eh?

Or you even could fly in to teach weekends. Let me know if that would interest you. I know we could get you a room.
post #73 of 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson
You can compete with the Corporate jet for landing space at the Mountain.

Maybe you can teach me how to get my old body through the bumps easier, eh?

Or you even could fly in to teach weekends. Let me know if that would interest you. I know we could get you a room.
Thanks for the offer Kneale but I will pass on the teaching weekends. I will work with you and compete with the corporate jet though.
post #74 of 79
Fodder for my Ohio move! Nice thread!
post #75 of 79
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post #76 of 79
I love this thread. Although I now live in Europe, I’ve skied about 50 US ski areas, with about half of those in Michigan. I love all skiing. Midwest skiing may be lacking in many areas, but it has some unique characteristics that makes it great. A few thoughts:

There is something really cool about people skiing on such a small “mountain.” People ski the Midwest to enjoy skiing and the outdoors. There not there to enjoy a fancy resort town. They don’t ski only when it’s sunny and above 30 degrees. There is a hearty, enjoy anything attitude.

There are fewer crowds at most areas; typically there are zero crowds. I have fond memories of skiing untracked groomed runs at 2pm on a weekday at Boyne.

It’s cheap! There are all kinds of cheap detail in the Midwest. I got an all day and night lift ticket at Caberfae (large MI area) once for 10 bucks! I stayed at the main lodge at Boyne Highlands for 20 bucks a night once.

Even though the mountains are small there are tons of them. For example, Michigan has more ski areas than every state but NY.

In conclusion, Midwest skiing can be just as enjoyable as skiing anywhere else in the world. I recommend any hard core skiing do a trip across the UP, MN, WI or Lower Northern MI.
post #77 of 79
Thread Starter 

Three "Alpine Valley" Ski Areas

You'd think that they could have come up with a different name:

MICHIGAN: http://www.skialpinevalley.com/
OHIO: http://www.alpinevalleyohio.com/
WISCONSIN: http://www.alpinevalleyresort.com/
post #78 of 79
In New Zealand I met a kid from Michigan. He grew up skiing behind a sno-mo and off of his roof. He was a sick little child. He was sixteen then, threw down harder that most pros on the tour. I grew up in minnesota, Wild Mountain, Afton Alps, and so on. I never skied pow until I was eighteen. then, after fifteen years of die-hard ice arcs, I learned what it was like to ski and why people did it. I was shocked. So why do people in the MW ski? Because even in twenty below weather, on an ice-rink jacked up on it's side, we put down the hockey skates and get some speed. Going fast rules!!!

Props to all you MW guys. I'm curious to the jib scene there as I haven't skied the MW for almost fifteen years. My last year, the half-pipe was in it's first year and was built with a shovel. Snowboards had just been introduced. The racers from the MW rip, I have a feeling the parkies do too.
post #79 of 79
Alpine in MI and WI used to be owned by the same family. I don't know if it's still that way.
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