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Ski Brule is OPEN!

4/18/18

Image may contain: textYES!  Ski Brule is open Saturday and Sunday 9-4:00 for skiing and snowboarding.  The conditions are AMAZING!  36″ NEW snow in the past week.  If you didn’t look at the calendar you’d believe it’s January!  No, wait .. February … I think snow is the BEST in February.  Now, if I could just figure out how to get more people to the slopes enjoying the best snow of the year.  Truly it’s a bonus year…. the last time the snow has been this good was the 95-96 season when Ski Brule was open until MAY 15!  Seriously .. MAY 15!  And the only reason Ski Brule closed that season was because nobody had come skiing in a week.  Wasn’t due to lack of snow.  So, grab your neighbor, friend, family, dog … guy off the street .. and head to Ski Brule to play.   You will be glad that you did.  Lift tickets are $30 adult & juniors and $25 if you present a season pass from another snow resort.  Lifts will operate 9-4:00 Saturday & Sunday.  Ski ya soon!

~Thinking Snow
Jess & Colt

 

2018/19 Advanced Lift Tickets Now On Sale!

Hard to believe we are already planning for next season but it will be here before you know it! 2018/19 Adavanced Lift Ticket Sales have began and the best deal of the season will end May 15th! Current deal is $30 per ticket and they are valid any day during the 18/19 season. If you buy 5, you will receive 1 advanced lift ticket free. Our Buy 5, Get 1 Free package saves you a total of $144!

Advanced Lift Tickets are a great way to save money on your annual vacation or gifts for your snow loving friends and family! To order you can give us a call at 1-800-362-7853 or online at the Ticket & Gift Certificate section of the website!

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Here’s the plan!

Operational Plan April 2-8

  • Homestead Lodge: Open 10-2:00 Monday through Friday
  • Homestead BBQ: by reservation only. If less than 15 people signed up, then BBQ at main Lodge
  • Tubing: normal tubing schedule (Homestead & Whitewater)
  • Acrobag: depends on snow. Saturday /Sunday
  • Night Session: normal night session schedule
  • Bear’s Den Pro Shop: normal schedule
  • Rental: normal schedule
  • Café / Bar: Normal Schedule
  • Lodging Office: Monday & Tuesday 8-6:00    / Wednesday 8-8:30 / Thursday 8-8:30pm / Friday & Saturday 8-10pm / Sunday 8-6:00
  • Lift Operation: Normal schedule
  • $60 Carload Day Sunday – Carload tickets available ONLY at Rental Center. $60/car

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Operational Plan April 9-12 (Monday through Thursday)

  • Ski Brule is closed for snowsports Monday through Thursday .
  • Bear’s Den Pro Shop is open / managed by Lodging Office, consistent with Lodging Office hours.
  • Café / Bar / Homestead / Rental / Kid’s Services: closed Monday through Thursday
  • Lodging Office: Open 8am-1pm

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Operational Plan April 13-15 (Friday through Sunday)

Friday/Saturday/Sunday:

  • Normal lift operation, 9-4:00. Night skiing closed for the season.
  • FRIDAY: Florence group coming to ski.  Will confirm number of guests closer to the date but estimate 50-70ppl)
  • Bear’s Den Pro Shop & Rental Center open 8-5:00
  • Lodging open 8-8pm (later or earlier dependent on check in’s)
  • Homestead Lodge: closed for the season.
  • Rental Center: open 8-5:00
  • Lessons: min 36 hour advanced reservation.
  • ACROBAG NOT AVAILABLE
  • SKIwee & child care not available
  • Café 8-4:30
  • Bar 10am – 7pm or later guest dependent.
  • Whitewater snow tubing not available 1-3:00.
  • Nightly Activity: tubing by reservation through Lodging Office (by 3pm).  5-7:00.  Tubing will be either whitewater snow tubing or traditional hike up hill style tubing – depends on snow.   Tubing tickets available through the Brule Saloon.
  • No Homestead BBQ Saturday Night. Evening dining available 5-7:00 at Brule Saloon.

 

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Operational Plan:  April 16-20

  • Closed for snowsports
  • Lodging open 8-1:00

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Operational Plan:  April 21-22

  • Open for snowsports, snow permitting. Open terrain TBD.
  • SKIwee / Lessons / Child Care: Not available
  • Night Activity: traditional hike up hill 5pm, 5 runs.  Reservations required by 3pm.
  • Café 8-4:30
  • Bar 10-7pm, evening dining 5-7:00.
  • Homestead Lodge closed / no BBQ
  • Bear’s Den & Rental Center 8-4:00
  • Whitewater Snow tubing, Acrobag, Night session: closed for the season.

2018/19 Early Bird Season Passes!

This season is not over yet but if you are already looking ahead to the 18/19 snow season then now is the time to pick up your Season Pass!  Early Bird pricing on next seasons season pass is the best you’ll see and the sale ends April 15th!

$229 for an Adult (18+)

$195 for a Junior (10-17)

$125 for a Senior (60+)

$632 for a Family (A family pass is 2 Adults and up to 4 dependent children 17 and under.)

Kids 9 and under ski FREE!

If you are looking to save money then now is the time to buy! You can purchase online or by calling 1-800-362-7853.

 

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Brule Bash 2018

Brule Bash 2018 is THIS WEEKEND!  Don’t miss out on the most full all season!

Costume ½ Price Ticket Available ONLY at Guest Services.

Saturday

9-4:00                    Treasure Hunt – First Clue “highest level of care” – first one to turn in all the clues wins a season pass!

9-4:00                    Bambi Trail Fun!  FREE Sled Dog Rides, FREE Moonbounce, FREE Cotton Candy (1-4 @ Ski Corral), FREE Face
Painting & FREE Petting Zoo!

11:00                     Penguin Race, Whitewater Tubing Park

1-3:00                    ACROBAG  FREE, Acrobag Pass available at Guest Services.  Must have helmet, sign liability waiver and be 46” or taller.

12:30                     Potato Sack Race, Bunny Trail

1:15                        Peter Soderberg 90th Birthday Wish – 1 More Ride Down Ski Brule
1-3:00                    Whitewater Snow Tubing, $5/5runs, Tubing Tickets available at Guest Services.

11-2:00                  Face Painting, Petting Zoo

1:15                        Fish Toss, Bambi Trail
3:30                        Costume Contest, top of Bunny Trail for Costume Parade

4:30-8:30              Night Session on Lower Sunrise, Bunny, Bambi and Rapids, serviced by Pony Handle Tow and Bunny Rope Tow.

5-8:00                    Homestead BBQ, Tubing, Sleigh Ride, dinner tickets at Bear’s Den Pro Shop.

Sunday

9-4:00                    Bambi Trail Fun!  FREE Sled Dog Rides,  FREE Face Painting, FREE Moonbounce, FREE Cotton Candy
(1-4 @ ski corral), FREE Petting Zoo!

10:30                     Egg Toss, Bambi Trail

11:30                     Pie Eating Contest, Bambi Trail
12:30                     Oreo Cookie Challenge, Bambi Trail
1-3:00                    ACROBAG  FREE!!!!  Tickets at Guest Service.

1-3:00                    Whitewater Snow Tubing, 3 pack FREE to Friends & Neighbors

2:30                        Costume Contest, Meet at top of Bunny Trail for Costume Parade

 

Peter Soderberg – Skiing at Ski Brule For The First Time,  Iron River, MI

 

I heard stories about Ski Brule from my Dad and how exciting it was.  The local paper had a long, complimentary article about Brule and the excitement of skiing.  My driving wasn’t proficient yet, so I persuaded my Dad to drive the 15 miles from our home to go see and to ski Brule.  Dad had skied extensively with me near our home where we had a smaller headwall.

 

I woke us both up early the next morning so we could get there at the start of their day.  Ski Brule commented that their headwall was for expert skiers.  It was probably more than my Dad wanted to handle, but we agreed to go over and have a look.

 

On arriving at Brule, we found they concluded the road that would take us straight to Ski Brule.  The road was cleared all the way to the base of the headwall.  My dad stopped the car and we unpacked our gear for skiing.  There was one lift operating that day to take us to the top of the hill.

 

From the base of the headwall looking up, it looked like it would be a real snappy ride, more than my Dad wanted to tackle until he began skiing better.  I gathered my gear and went over to the base of the lift and arranged for a ride to the top.

 

At the top, I put my skis on and headed down the very steep headwall.  I was only halfway down when I observed that I was skiing at a pretty fast clip.  Right about then, there was a small snow drift crossing the trail.  I headed straight for it and jumped off the drift.  I felt wonderful to be in the air and heading toward the bottom.  At the bottom I turned a sharp turn at the chalet.  My Dad was close by and he asked, “How was it?”

 

“Super!” I replied.

 

I took a few more runs down the headwall to improve my skiing ability.  Two or three more runs confirmed to me that I was successful in mastering the headwall.  I felt that my skiing ability had escalated quickly; I was a successful skier.  No falls for me.  Then it was time to call it a day.  It was time to go back into our Model A Ford and have my Dad drive us back to Crystal Falls.

 

Skiing the head wall at Ski Brule gave me that thrill in my stomach like hitting the air at high speed.

 

Peter Soderberg – Feelings about Skiing

 

To best sum up my feelings about skiing, I think of a ridge in Aspen that can be skied back and forth across the peak at the ridge.  The chairlift takes you to the top where you survey the mountains and valleys in silence, and you feel like you’re all alone in the white wilderness.  Digging your ski poles into the deep snow and leaping off the ridge gives you the thrilling experience of unweighting and soaring.

 

Flying through the air is a glorious feeling.  Returning to terra firma, your skis thudding on the snow, breaks apart the reverie as you refocus on what lies ahead: a river of white to navigate and conquer.  As you slalom down the course, you avoid some obstacles, but others, like moguls, you take head-on and at full speed, recapturing the sensation of flying.  At the end of the trail, you sweep to a stop, a spray of snow behind you , and celebrate your victory over the mountain.  A more apt metaphor for life has never been more clearly expressed.​

 

No End In Sight!

Each year, around this time, we start getting asked the question “Are you guys closing soon?” Short answer, No! Winter is alive and well here at Ski Brule and with a 48″-56″ base I don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon. Sure, the day time temps are starting to rise and the sun is shinning a little more but the temps at night are still cold.  The cold nights allow the grooming team to groom the mountain late at night/early mornings when the temps are dropping and give the hill time to set up in to perfect conditions for the morning! Ski Brule as the saying, “First to open… Last to close!” and thats because our Mountain Crew really knows what they are doing and they know snow better than anyone. Have you ever ski’d in May? Chances are, probably not, but Ski Brule’s latest closing date is May 15th!  With our base and looking at the extended forecast we may give that record a run for it’s money this year!  So, no need to put away your gear just yet because Brule will have snow and be open to ride for many weeks to come!

Community Reception for Nick Baumgartner

Iron County’s Three-Time Olympian, Nick Baumgartner, returned home from the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea on February 27 after the closing ceremonies. Baumgartner competed in the Snowboard Cross event during the games and placed 4th, his best Olympic performance to date.  To celebrate Nick’s achievement and welcome him home, the community is invited to a public reception at Ski Brule Lodge on Friday, March 9th from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Come shake his hand and let him know how much we appreciate his community spirit! To kick off the reception, at 5:00 p.m. Nick will be presented with a token from Iron County leadership, after which attendees will have the opportunity to greet Baumgartner, get photos with him, and enjoy a complimentary treat. The event is free to attend, and food and drinks will be available for purchase.  For more information, visit www.iron.org/communityreception or call (906) 265-3822.

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Spring Snow Madness!

March?!  Wow, this winter has been flying by but it is far from over! So many fun weekends ahead of us. For the rest of the season the petting zoo and bounce houses will be open on the weekends from 9-4 at the bottom of the Bambi Trail.  This coming weekend is our Friends & Neighbors Weekend, time to cheese it up for the camera because most of our annual brochure photos are going to be taken this weekend!  March 17/18 is the annual Brule Finale Race.  March 24/25, Brule Bash! March 30/April 1st is Easter weekend! If you are looking to sneak in some time on the snow over spring break we have multiple specials. Spring Break College Week runs 2 full weeks, March 12-25 and there are deals on lift tickets and lodging! Starting March 26 thru April 8th lodging has all kinda of amazing Lift & Lodging packages available!  You can reach them by calling 1-800-362-7853. On April 7-8 is Life’s A Mountain Beach Party and April 8th is $60 Carload Day!  So many fun weekends ahead it will be hard to pick one, so maybe just come for them all!

A Love Story Started At Ski Brule

Hello!

I wanted to share a story and a couple of pictures with you. My name is Beth (Whalen) Grogan and I have been coming up to Brule with my family for about 10 years. But, the love story I want to share goes all the way back to the year you opened. My parents, Bernadette and Jim Whalen met up at Brule in January of 1957 on a ski trip with the Skunk Hollow Ski Club. They fell in love and were married May 25, 1957! I am the youngest of their 6 children and they have 22 grandchildren.

We always have so much fun coming up to Brule and the fact that they met there makes it even more special. I wanted to share their wedding picture here with you as well as a picture of them in January 2018 wearing the 60 year anniversary Brule hats.

I’m also sharing a picture of my family (my husband Bob and I and our 3 children with my parents) on their 60th anniversary.

If you ever decided to share this story online on your website, I’d love to show it to my parents. They would get a kick out of knowing their love story was told.

I cannot say enough about what a wonderful place you run. Every single person who works there always goes out of their way to be helpful and kind. We usually come up for a visit after Christmas and ring in the New Year at Brule. It never disappoints. Thanks for all you do!!

Beth Grogan
Downers Grove, IL
PS-I also included a picture of my three kids and their cousin learning to ski at Brule in about 2009.

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Midweek Lodging

Ski Brule is not just a weekend resort. The resort is open 7 days a week with access to all 17 trails, not to mention midweek is where you can save big money. With midweek lodging starting at just $80 per night you can make your ski/snowboard vacation a reality. After a day of skiing you can join us in our nightly activity, snow tubing, marshmallow roast or our famous Homestead BBQ! Lodging is not the only thing you will save money on though. If you are a part of our Friends & Neighbors program you will save on your daily lift ticket, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday you can save $5 and on Wednesday your lift ticket will be half price! Wednesday is not only a great day to come for those who are already avid skiers/snowboarders but if you want to learn how to ski, Wednesday is your day to do so! The Wednesday Special get you your lift ticket, ski rental and a 1 hour group lesson for only $53! Looking to get away for a few days, Ski Brule has you covered.  Give our lodging specialists a call at 1-800-362-7853!

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