Many ski resorts across the Midwest were able to open this past weekend, even as far south as southern Indiana where Perfect North Slopes was open.
Warm temperatures that spread over the Heartland on Sunday have some closing midweek, but planning to reopen this weekend when more seasonal like temperatures settle back across the area. A cold snap gathering in Canada is supposed to hit the area next week, according to long range weather forecasts.
Despite the hiccup in the weather pattern Sunday, it’s been one of the best starts to the ski season in a couple of years, according to Nubs Nob president Jim Bartlett, whose resort opened this past Friday.
“Snow should remain on the slopes as long as there’s no significant daytime rain,” he told the Traverse City Record Eagle on Friday. “Warm spells are common in December. Early winter weather this year is more promising than in recent years. The last two years we weren’t even close to where we are so far this winter. I’m nothing but ecstatic.”
Many resorts across the northern tier of Midwest states have opened for the season. Indianhead Mountain, Mount Ripley, Ski Brule and Pine Knob in Michigan remain open. Trollhaugen, Sunburst and Devil’s Head Resort in Wisconsin are open daily, and most others plan on reopening this coming weekend. The majority of resorts in Minnesota have opened for the season; Afton Alps, Andes Tower Hills, Buck Hill, Hyland Park, Lutsen, Mount Kato, Powder Ridge, Spirit Mountain, Welch Village and Wild Mountain.
Most resorts in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula plan on reopening this coming weekend as well as many others across the lower Midwest in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Ohio; weather permitting. You can quickly check out the status of your favorite Heartland ski area at SnoCountry.com.
Photo: Indianhead Mountain