First to Open Rivalry Brews in the Midwest

Spring Skiing by Jaime Kuntz

Taylors Falls, MN, Nov. 19--There's a rivalry brewing in the Midwest. Two ski areas are claiming bragging rights as the first in the region to open.

On Nov. 3, Wild Mountain, MN, opened for five days, then had to close due to mild temperatures. The ski area proudly reports that they have been the first ski area to open in the Midwest for "21 of the past 23 years."

Wait--haven't we heard that somewhere else? Ski Brule, one state over in Michigan, boasts that they are "First to open and last to close every year for the past 10 years." This year, Ski Brule opened on Nov. 5 for weekends, but shutdown operations during the week.

It may just be chalked up to a tie, as both resorts plan to open for the season today. Wild Mountain will re-open with two runs and one chairlift. Lift tickets prices will be $15 to $20 for adults and $10 to $15 for children.

Ski Brule, previously only opened for weekend operation, also kicks off daily operations today. Ski Brule will have three trails and one lift running.

Marketing angles aside, Midwesterners are just plain lucky to have to have two ski areas in full throttle this weekend. What it all comes down to, really, is having the opportunity to ski.