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Another Late Midwest Season?

Lutsen-Mountains-snow-base-is-at-150-of-normal.-Lutsen-Mountains Lutsen Mountains is at 150-percent of seasonal snowfall so far. (Lutsen Mountains) 

With all the recent winter storms marching across the Heartland, the Midwest appears to be in great shape heading into March. Could we see a repeat of last season that saw many upper Midwest ski areas staying open well into April, and six -Boyne Mountain, Ski Brule, Mount Bohemia and Big Snow, Granite Peak, Lutsen Mountains—stayed open into May?

Mount Bohemia powder, sun and Lake Superior views. (Facebook/Mount Bohemia)

Mt. Bohemia, in Michigan’s UP, is having such a great snow season they have already announced they plan on staying open through the first weekend in May. Parts of the mountain received up to two feet of snow from the latest winter storm. They just posted that snowpack is so deep they expect to stay open through the first weekend of May again.

Boyne Highlands spring skiing. (Facebook/Boyne Highlands)

Boyne Highlands posted that they intend to remain open at least through the end of March, which means, although not confirmed, that Boyne Mountain may make another run at staying open into May. The Highland typically closes well before the Mountain. The northwest portion of lower Michigan has also received a lot of snow recently and more expected.

Ski Brule is looking towards late spring skiing and riding. (Facebook/Ski Brule)

Ski Brule posted on their Facebook page that recent snow storms have dumped as much snow on them as they can recall. They teased with a reminder that they also have stayed open through the first weekend in May in past years.

Crystal Mountain is planning on getting an extra week of skiing in this winter. They normally close end of March, first of April, and announced this season an ending date of April 7. Looks like a good call.

Minnesota’s Lutsen Mountains routinely stays open into April and a few times into May, and expects to again. The Sawtooth Mountains have one of the best snowpack in recent years. It’s at 150-percent of average so far this season. Conditions look very favorable for another May closing.

Granite Peak has plenty of powder heading into March. (Facebook/Granite Peak)

The same with Lutsen’s sister resort, Granite Peak in northern Wisconsin. They have also been in a favorable snowbelt to repeat last year’s late closing.

Boyne Mountain late April last season. Look for the same this season. (Mike Terrell)

With the great conditions across the Heartland now would be a good time to consider buying next year’s season pass at your favorite ski area. Most areas allow you to ski out the remainder of the current season on the new pass. Boyne Mountain even offers a Spring-A-Licious Pass for $149 that allows you to ski from Mach 1 through end of the season.

An added bonus, you’ll be able to attend all the great spring carnivals and celebrations that will be taking place starting this month. Lower Midwest resorts are also looking good heading into the month.



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