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Last weekend, during a trip to visit one of my best friends in Minneapolis, Minn., we decided to hit up Hyland Hills for their $15 Sunday night special.  I was apprehensive about visiting the tiny hill on such a cheap night.  One of my snowboard friends also warned me against it, saying the hill would be crawling with park rats and a huge rut would follow every feature in the park.  He was wrong.  The hill was crowded, but no more out-of-control than any other Midwest hill with a park.

Hyland holds two parks, both accessible via separate chairlifts and separate rope tows that yank you up the hill at lightning speed (Seriously.  I was laughing so hard during my first trip up the rope. we. were. flying).  And though the hill is tiny, a whole 175 vertical feet, you could see downtown Minneapolis/ St. Paul from the “peak,” which is a perk!

Ironically, on my trip back to Winona, Minn., the next morning I was paging through this month’s Freeskier and found an article about Hyland Hills.

With their new publicity my friend could be right about the crowds and ruts, but for the time-being Hyland was legit and well-worth $15 on a Sunday night.

Though my BFF and I did get a little bored on the mild night and decided to switch skis for snowboards, which was an ultimate failed attempt on my part, but so fun and so safe with such minimal elevation!

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This weekend (Jan. 27 through 30) in the heart of Chicago, the Snow Days Chicago Rail Jam at Navy Pier is going down.  As the title suggests, the rail jam is taking place on Chicago’s Navy Pier as part of Snow Days ChicagoRaging Snowboard Ski Park and Mayor Daley’s office is hosting the event- a true community effort.  Aside from the rail jam, Snow Days also features a few out-of-the-box things, like a national snow sculpting competition and dog sled demonstrations.

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Bloomington, Minnesota-native Keri Herman grew up and lived in the same city as the Mall of America.  After graduating highschool, Keri moved on to bigger and better places and attended college at the University of Denver.  Since journeying west, Keri has gone pro and competed in numerous events including the Dew Tour, the European Open, the Aspen Open, and the X Games where, this year, she took home silver in slopestyle.  I had the chance to send Keri (who now calls Breckenridge home) some questions about her time in the Midwest and beyond, here’s what she had to say…

What did you enjoy most about growing up in Minnesota?
I loved how nice and friendly everybody is, and that there’s always something to do if you’re bored. No matter what you can always find somebody to go outside to play.

Where was your local ski hill? Which Midwest hill was your favorite?
Hyland Hills is the best! I skied there over Christmas last year, and it was SO much fun! I like Buck a lot too.

Do you miss the area at all?
I used to, but not really anymore. I live in Breckenridge, and I can’t ever imagine living anywhere else. This place is the best, and my family comes out all the time to ski.

Growing up, did you always plan to move west? And did you foresee yourself going as far with the sport as you have?
I didn’t really ski growing up. I had no idea how much fun it was until I moved out to CO and got addicted.

Since going pro, how has your life changed, what have you enjoyed most?
I get to travel a ton more to really amazing places. I went to Iraq and Kuwait last summer on an X Games tour to visit the troops, which was an absolutely amazing experience! I also get to compete all over the word. It’s really fun going to different countries and having all of your friends there to hang out with.

Do you think you’ve brought and spread a Minnesota-nice attitude to Colorado?
I sure hope so!

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The Midwest’s winter ski season has commenced.  Wild Mountain in Taylor’s Falls, Minn. filled a single run top to bottom with snow and a few features!  The hill was open today (10/29/10) from noon-5 p.m. for a decent-sized crowd of ski and snowboard enthusiasts.  Cars began arriving two hours prior to the hill’s opening in anticipation of the season’s first turns.  Snow making at Wild Mountain will not continue tonight but according to their Facebook page they “will be watching, waiting and ready whenever it does get cold.”

Six minutes down the road and across state lines in nearby Dresser, Wis., Trollhaugen also opened one run for the first time this season.  The run held two features and was open  from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Other Minnesota and Wisconsin hills in the area plan to open in mid to late November.

Minnesota NICE is still thriving as the crew from Parimaj Media follows up last year’s film and gets TOO NICE. In regard to last year’s film, NICE, David Beck (one of four producers for this year’s film) says on Newschoolers.com, “The movie stood for everything everyone loves about skiing in Minnesota.”

As was the case last season, everything in this season’s film is Minnesota-based: the skiers, the filmers, the hills and the music (hello Atmosphere, Doomtree and Eyedea!).  This fall TOO NICE is premiering throughout the Midwest with a limited DVD release, the film will be released online for free on Jan. 1, 2011.

Filmer, Skier, and sole returning crew member from last year, Allen Lam says on Newschoolers.com:

“TOO NICE isn’t a sequel, it’s a tribute to the greatest Minnesota ski movie ever made. A tribute to our small, flat hills, icy landings, rutted kickers, poorly cut pipes, lack of snow, out of touch management, and rusty rails. It will feature no one but the nicest Minnesota skiers. It has been filmed only in the parks and streets of Minnesota. It will be set to only our rich and diverse Minnesota music scene. With the help of a new generation of filmers, editors, and skiers, the dream of the Minnesota Movie lives on.”

Producer, Matt Boetcher says on Newschoolers.com:

“To me, TOO NICE is another chapter in the story of Midwest progression. Minnesota, along with other areas of the country, are not lacking in the level of riding, but what sets us apart is how tight the skiers here are. Here, you don’t have to look for ‘approval’ from the ‘good’ kids, we’re all at the hill for the same reason. TOO NICE isn’t going to be a sequel, nor do I believe is it meant to be. It’s just another chance for us to illustrate what sets our state apart from the rest of the ski community, and to again show what it means to be Minnesota Nice.”

The time has come; fall semester at Winona State University commences at the end of this week. FINALLY!  Although this blog was being done as an ongoing project, I grew to love it.  I was writing about something I enjoyed and I was able to immerse myself in the news of this sport and all this counted as “school work.”  And though this is end of the assignment, it may not be the end of posts from me.  So as I take a break from this blog, KEEP REPPIN’ THE MIDWEST AND LIVIN’ IT UP!

YES!  That actually happened amidst the tropical weather that’s going on in Wisconsin.  Dedicated skiers and snowboarders that have been anticipating the start of the 2009-2010 season finally got their fix.  Tyrol plans to have enough snow made by next weekend to open a lift.

The time has come; ski season in the Midwest is upon us!  Tyrol Basin in Mt Horeb, Wis., has opened!  The hill opened a box and rail-filled hike only trail with a six to twelve inch base.  For the time being, the run is only open this weekend from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  However, as temps continue to drop more runs will have snow.

Freeskier magazine has posted the finalist videos for the annual Salomon Backyard Jib contest.  The setups and skills these skiers whip out further proves that massive elevations aren’t necessary for honing the park skillZ.  In some cases snow isn’t even needed… which just so happens to suit the Midwest perfectly at this time!  Check out the four finalists on Freeskier.com

As Thanksgiving weekend approaches I cannot help but reminisce.  My thoughts drift back to all the wonderful opening days spent skiing during this weekend.  In particular, I am reminded of an opening weekend when I was 16.  Being an inexperienced driver it’s hard to forget that time in late November when it was necessary to drive through “blizzard-like conditions” just to ski the first traces of snow of the year.  Now, as I sit writing this and wearing moccasins (sans socks!) and one of my lighter North Faces, I crave a weekend of skiing decked out in goggles and winter jackets.

As of Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 10:54 a.m. the snowcam at Tyrol Basin in Mt. Horeb Wis., had roughly a two yard-wide trace of created snow at the bottom of the hill and snowguns lined the entire length of the bunnyhill- a sure sign that indeed there is hope.  So, this weekend, as my fingers remain crossed that snow is in the near future, I will enjoy my food and family-filled Thanksgiving without skiing.