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Spring Sets Up Just Right In Michigan: ‘Longer Days, Softer Snow’

Shanty Creek

"Spring is my favorite time of the year to ski," says Steve Kershner, chairman of the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) and director of skiing at Shanty Creek in Bellaire. 


"The days are longer, the sun is high in the sky, the snow is soft and ski areas offer discount rates to get people on the slopes one last time," he says. Many Michigan ski areas will remain open throughout March and some will stretch into April because of deep machine-snow bases.


"Just about every ski area in the state has some sort of spring carnival planned with special reduced lift tickets or lodging rates," says MSIA Executive Director Mickey MacWilliams. 


She encourages skiers to check MSIA’s website, and Click on the “News, Events, Specials & Discounts” button at , which is regularly updated. Always check out snow condition reports right here at SnoCountry.com before you head to the mountains. 


“Efficient snowmaking has given Michigan ski areas the ability to provide consistently good snow conditions all winter long,” MacWilliams says. “Most ski areas across the state are scheduled to be open for at least a few more weeks.  Those in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula and those in the Upper Peninsula typically stay open at least into late March.”  


Photo: Shanty Creek, Mich. (Michigan.org) 

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