winter sports http://michiganradio.org en Saltless surfing: Riding the waves of the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/saltless-surfing-riding-waves-great-lakes <p>When you think “surfing,” you probably think sunshine, “Aloha!” and warm beaches with palm trees. You probably don’t think winter, icebergs, and Lake Superior.</p><p>Surfing the Great Lakes is at its prime during the winter months, and this year’s delayed spring is providing a dedicated group of Great Lakes surfers with some great swells. Winter and early spring storms produce large waves that are ideal for surfing.&nbsp;</p><p>Ryan Gerard is the owner of <a href="http://www.thirdcoastsurfshop.com">Third Coast Surf Shop</a> in New Buffalo, Michigan. He’s noticed the effect of a late spring on surfing conditions.</p><p>“It is kind of a double edged sword,” he said. “The surf conditions have been pretty good lately because we’ve been having more of these weather conditions that bring us waves. I guess the other side of the sword is that we’re ready for summer too.”</p><p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:55:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12246 at http://michiganradio.org Saltless surfing: Riding the waves of the Great Lakes The astounding success of Southeast Michigan skaters http://michiganradio.org/post/astounding-success-southeast-michigan-skaters <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In less than two weeks on March </span>10th,<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships will begin in London, Ontario.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That&nbsp; means the eyes of the world will be on a couple of University of Michigan students who have been hailed as one of the greatest American teams in the history of ice dancing.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Five-time national champions, silver medalists in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, 2011 world champions and four-time Grand Prix Final champions.</span></p><p>It’s no exaggeration to say these individuals helped to make Southeast Michigan the ice-dance capital of America.</p><p>Today we spoke with Meryl Davis and Charlie White who shared the secret to the astounding success of Southeast Michigan skaters.</p><p><em>To hear the full story click the audio link above.</em></p><p><em>There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty</em>"</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/podcasts/8746/rss.xml" target="_blank"><em>Podcast of the entire show</em></a></li><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/podcasts/8935/rss.xml" target="_blank"><em>Podcast of each segment</em> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 23:57:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11443 at http://michiganradio.org The astounding success of Southeast Michigan skaters Harnessing ice and wind for thrills in Michigan's UP http://michiganradio.org/post/harnessing-ice-and-wind-thrills-michigans <p>If you were listening to Michigan Radio last night, you might have caught a snippet on <a href="http://www.theworld.org/">PRI&#39;s The World</a> about a unique winter sports championship that took place recently in Michigan&#39;s Upper Peninsula with contestants from all over the globe.</p><p>In case you missed it, here&#39;s the general idea.</p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 20:19:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6520 at http://michiganradio.org Harnessing ice and wind for thrills in Michigan's UP Climbing melting ice in the Upper Peninsula http://michiganradio.org/post/climbing-melting-ice-upper-peninsula <p>The Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore is a special place for Midwestern ice climbing. Every February, hundreds of climbers meet in Munising for <a href="http://www.michiganicefest.com/">Michigan Ice Fest</a>. That&rsquo;s because the Lake Superior shoreline has one of the highest concentrations of accessible ice climbs in North America.</p><p>Usually, Bryan DeAugustine is a middle school principal. But this weekend, he&rsquo;s a volunteer instructor at Michigan Ice Fest.</p><p>&ldquo;Ice climbing is like solving a puzzle and doing gymnastics at the same time. So it&rsquo;s a nice marriage of your mind and your body. You have to really be focused and balanced. It&rsquo;s just a fun way to spend the day outdoors.&rdquo;</p><p>Ice climbers wear metal cleats strapped to their boots. In each hand, they carry an ice tool that looks like a small pick axe. They swing, chop, and kick their way up vertical ice.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a lot less dangerous than you might think. Everyone uses ropes and harnesses. Still, advanced climbers often give this advice: don&rsquo;t fall.</p><p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 13:59:18 +0000 6401 at http://michiganradio.org Climbing melting ice in the Upper Peninsula Strange winter weather affects some parts of tourist economy http://michiganradio.org/post/strange-winter-weather-affects-some-parts-tourist-economy <p>The arrival of winter in Michigan is not supposed to last long.</p><p>The cold snap earlier this week is expected to give way early next week to temperatures back in the forties.</p><p>The lack of snow is taking a toll on some parts of the state&rsquo;s tourism economy.</p><p>Forecaster Mike Boguth says northern Michigan might set a record this year for the least amount of snowfall ever. Boguth works at the National Weather Service office in Gaylord.</p><p>He says what little snow there is now could melt next week when temperatures rise.</p><p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t see any signs of cold weather coming back after we get by this week.&rdquo;</p><p>Most ski resorts up north opened in December. That&rsquo;s because nighttime temperatures have been cold enough to make snow.</p><p>But for businesses that depend on snowmobile traffic this time of year, things couldn&rsquo;t be much worse. They&rsquo;ve had just one weekend of business all winter. That was this past weekend which included the Martin Luther King holiday.</p><p>Dave Ramsey owns Beaver Creek Resort near Gaylord. He says just enough snow fell late last week to open the trails.</p><p>Still, more than half his cabins were empty this weekend when he would usually have a waiting list.</p><p>&ldquo;Every hotel in Gaylord every motel and little cabin cluster will just about fill to capacity on every major holiday if we have good snow.&rdquo;</p><p>The weather could also create problems for the North America Vasa. The cross-country ski race near Traverse City could draw 1,000 racers the second weekend in February.</p><p>The VASA trail has three inches of base but no snow-making capacity.</p><p><em>-Peter Payette for The Environment Report</em></p><p>So what&#39;s up with this weather? <a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2010">Wunderground.com&#39;s Dr. Jeff Masters explains</a>.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 15:57:42 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5817 at http://michiganradio.org Strange winter weather affects some parts of tourist economy