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What's New at Michigan Ski Resorts for 2002-03
By Mickey MacWilliams and Jim Neff

Shanty Creek is adding more kids' programs and a new tubing run. Photo courtesy of Shanty Creek

Each ski season begins with exciting new improvements at many of the state's ski resorts. Here's a rundown of what skiers can expect to see in 2002-03.

Big Powderhorn Mountain, in Bessemer, (80) 501-SNOW, has a newly renovated Caribou Lodge that will open this season. The Caribou is now a full-service day lodge and features dining, swimming, saunas, daycare for kids 2-6, and nightly entertainment on weekends.

The UP's Ski Brule, of Iron River, (906) 265-4957, expanded rental inventory and remodeled the rental center. Additional Areco snowmaking machines and a tubing park have been added.

Indianhead Mountain Resort of Wakefield, (906) 229-5181, has a newly expanded health and recreation area.

At Mt. Bohemia, of Lac La Belle in the Upper Peninsula's Keweenaw Peninsula, (888) 937-2411, women ski free this year all day, anytime. They have also added four new glade runs on expert terrain and a new intermediate run.

Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls, (800) GO-BOYNE, is clearing land to make way for the new North lift to be installed this winter near the Village at Disciples Ridge. Eight new ski trails are being added. Terrain Park expansion will include a new jump course, rails, lighting, and a sound system. Saturday lift ticket prices are also being rolled back to $39 for adults and $37 for youths aged 9-15.

At Boyne Highlands near Harbor Springs, (800) GO-BOYNE, the Alpine Village at the base of North Peak Pass will be fully open this season. Two new ski trails have also been added, and terrain park expansion will include a new jump course, rails, lighting, and a sound system. Saturday lift ticket prices are also being rolled back to $39 for adults and $37 for youths.

Caberfae Peaks Ski Resort of Cadillac, (231) 862-3000, is renovating the Mackenzie Lodge welcome area and second floor, widening the Easy Street trail by more than 50 percent, adding snow guns and towers. The resort will also launch a new website.

Cross-country ski enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that Cross Country Ski Headquarters, of Roscommon, (989) 821-6661, is expanding its ski area by adding a snow-making system to the Rolling Hills trail.

Crystal Mountain near Thompsonville, (800)YOUR-MTN, is opening its new Kinlochen Lodge at the base of the Buck chairlift. Inside it will feature the 100-seat Thistle Pub & Grille and a new Nordic Center. More adventure gear will be available (snowshoes, telemark skis) at the resort, as well as helmet rentals for children. And skiers 80 and over can buy a lifetime ski pass for $80.

Mt. Brighton in Brighton, (810) 229-9581, has extended the length of its halfpipe to give snowboarders a longer and faster ride. More lighting, rails, and a VW Beetle have also been added to the terrain park. Inside, the restaurant lounge has been redecorated and is now a full-scale, sit-down restaurant.

Nub's Nob, of Harbor Springs, (231) 526-2131, added a half pipe terrain park. The resort, already voted by SKI Magazine readers as having the best snow in the Midwest, is also adding 20 snowguns, bringing its total to 179. Beginner terrain near the Purple lift has also been widened.

Shanty Creek of Bellaire, (800) 678-4111, is adding more kids' programs and a new ski center is being discussed. A new tubing run adjacent to Greenway on the Summit slopes has been added. The resort is also debuting a new restaurant in Cedar River Village, the La Vigna Italian Bistro.

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