A guide to ski resorts in the Midwest that are open for the first time and to existing areas that have added major new facilities. Listed after each area are the person and number (with area code) to call for further information.
Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs: Formerly Harbor Highlands, the area was purchased by Everett Kircher, who has spent $1.5 million improving it. Two chair lifts were installed, and seven slopes and runs were cleared. A new lodge was built—with 70 rooms, a cafeteria seating 400 and a tri-level dining room seating 350. There is also a new bar and ski shop with rentals. Telephone Chuck Moll (616-549-2411).
Carousel Mountain, Holland: This new $1 million development has a chair lift, T bar and J bar servicing 10 runs that criss cross downhill. Night skiing is available, and all 40 acres are covered by snow-making machinery. There are no overnight accommodations, but the dining room holds 150, the cafeteria 200, and there is parking for 3,000 cars. Ski rentals are available. Call Nor Archer (616-335-5809).
Shanty Creek, Bellaire: Contrary to its name, this $2.5 million establishment has become one of the state's classiest areas and for the first time will be open for the full season. It offers a 3,800-foot chair lift, T bar, two Poma platters and two rope tows. There are 10 slopes and trails. Other facilities include a 91-room lodge, a restaurant and cafeteria, a ski shop with rentals, a heated pool, a natural ice rink and parking for 3,000 cars. There is also an 18-hole golf course under construction and an airport two miles away. Telephone Pete Martin (616-533-3833).
Afton Alps, Minneapolis: Opening this season, Afton Alps has a Pomalift and four rope tows servicing five slopes, one a wide-open beginners' slope. The entire area is covered by snow-making equipment. Facilities are a two-story chalet, ski shop with rentals and a five-acre parking lot. Telephone Tom Furlong (612-GEneva 7-4630).
Quadna Mountain, Hill City: Most of this new area should be completed by Dec. 28. Plans call for two T bars, 1,700 and 1,200 feet in length, to serve 14 trails. A lodge with 48 units located about a mile from the ski area will be open year round, with water-skiing and horseback riding available during the summer. The area will have rentals and parking for 500 cars. Telephone Bob Leaper (218-697-2324).
Twilight Hills, Bismarck: This new area has a high-speed 2,360-foot Pomalift and two rope tows—servicing three beginner slopes, two intermediate and one advanced run. Snow-making equipment covers the entire area, and night skiing is available on the beginners' slopes. The base lodge has a cafeteria and ski shop with rentals. Other facilities include a skating rink and parking lot for 500 cars. Telephone Vernon Peterson, Grand Pacific Hotel (701-CApitol 3-6900).