Once again the Spring Challenge between Michigan resorts Boyne Mountain and Mount Bohemia, located in the UP, is on. Which resort will keep the lifts turning longest and skiers and snowboarders on the slopes?
Simple rules are that the ski areas must operate at least one day each week for no less than a minimum of five hours per day open. The losing resort will donate $1,000 to the charity of the winner’s choice, which are Boyne Country Food Pantry for Boyne Mountain and the Copper Humane Society for Mount Bohemia.
Boyne Mountain won last season’s challenge with its final day of skiing occurring on May 6, 2018.
The Mountain is currently operating on weekends, which they plan on doing for as long as the snow holds out. The same goes for Bohemia.
I’m not sure why Ski Brule also doesn’t get in on the competition. They are currently staying open weekends through April, and maybe beyond. All three resorts are located in the Wolverine State.
One other Midwest resort that skied into May last season and routinely stays open weekends through April is Lutsen Mountains, and they are currently planning on the same scenario this year. As of last weekend they were still skiing on all four mountains with 60 runs open and a 20-to-40-inch base. They are currently offering extended weekend packages from $112 per person that includes two days lift and lodging good through May 4. Easter weekend there’s half-price lodging, discounted extended weekend lift tickets and free ski rental for the entire family on three-day packages.