Tip of the Mitt Ski Resorts Officially Open Thanksgiving Day

At the Tip of the Mitt, Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands and Nubs Nob were all able to kick their ski season off in time for Thanksgiving.

9 & 10’s Blayke Roznowski and photojournalist Noah Jurik take us to the snow for the opening day of ski season.

While some people are inside enjoying the holiday, some skiers and snowboarders are excited to hit the slopes for the first day of the season. 

"It’s been a while, long summer," skier Christian Lefley said. "I heard they were opening the other day so I drove up Tuesday night to beat the traffic yesterday."

Big-time skiers like Lefley say there’s no better way to spend Thanksgiving then taking the first runs of the season.

"Amazing, I’m not done yet though," Lefley said. "I’ll be out here all day, all day long until the end."

Boyne Mountain opened up three runs Thursday.

They say people were waiting to get on the lift at 6:30 a.m. 

"People want to be on the snow and they keep rolling in so its a really good day," Boyne Mountain Resort marketing manager Kari Roder said. "Of course, we have a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving."

Nubs Nob in Harbor Springs has been busy too, cranking out snow for 60 hours to get two runs in shape for a Thanksgiving opening.

"We’re excited," Nubs Nob assistant general manager Ben Doornbos said. "A week ago today we were standing out here in t-shirts and it was all grass and now, if you look, wall to wall it’s white on both sides."

And the season is just getting started.

Thankful for Mother Nature and thankful for snow makers," Doornbos said.

"Bring on the snow, of course," Roder said. 

The resorts are looking forward to the cold continuing so they can keep making snow and opening up more runs for the season.