Nub's Nob

It’s been one of the best finishes to the ski season in decades across the Heartland, and it’s not done yet.  A number of ski resorts across the upper Great Lakes remain plan to be open into mid-April.

Lutsen Mountains, Minnesota’s Arrowhead, plans on remaining open through April 14 and have a couple of great weekends planned with plenty of snow and music to end the season.

Sweetwater Shakedown Festival is this weekend, April 4-6, featuring eight bands including Boys N the Barrels, Absynth Quintet, Sans Souci Quartet, Travelin’ McCourys, Bluegrass Ball featuring Jeff Austin, Roe Family Singers, and Keller Williams, A three day pass in advance is $46. Friday and Saturday night tickets purchased at the door are $28 each night.

Mountain Meltdown ends the season April 13-14. A two-day free music festival featuring five bands each day, an outdoor beer garden and BBQ, and plenty of snow on the slopes. What more could you ask for? Two-for-one lift and lodging packages are available.

Ski Brule, Michigan’s UP, is holding $60 Carload Day Sunday, April 7. Load up the car, pay $60 and everyone gets a lift ticket. There are also $25 lift tickets and a $30 nightly lift and lodging special available the rest of the season. Life’s A Mountain Beach Party is April 13-14. There will be contests and events for the whole family, and they will be grilling out on the deck. Ski or ride in full beach wear and get half-price lift tickets.

This may mark the end of the season, but who knows. Brule has skied into May. They hold the Midwest record for number of days open in the season; 181 consecutive days the 1997/98 season when they were open until May 12.

Both Treetops, in northern lower Michigan, and Buck Hill, near the Twin Cities, have announced they will extend the season. Buck Hill will remain open through Saturday, April 6. Midweek lift tickets are $13. Treetops is open through this coming weekend, April 7. It’s the latest ever the ski area has remained open. Lift tickets are $19, and $59 lift and lodging packages are available. All slopes and lifts are still just fine.

Boyne Mountain plans to remain open as long as Mother Nature allows. The latest that I’ve skied there was April 20 during the 2007/08 season. I would look for them to make at least that, and maybe remain open even longer. Ski and golf on the same day, why not?

Nubs Nob always planned on remaining open through Sunday, April 7. Boyne Country Spring Ski & Ride promotion runs through that date, and Nubs Nob lift tickets are included in your lodging package when staying at a participating Petoskey or Harbor Springs lodging property.

Also announcing this past week that they will remain open through April 7 in Michigan’s UP are Blackjack and Pine Mountain, Caberfae Peaks in the Lower Peninsula and Minnesota’s Giant Ridge.

Photos: Top -- Nub's Nob; Bottom: Lutsen  

Lutsen gondola