Northern Michigan Ski Resorts Ready for Opening Weekend
All of this snow along with the cold temperatures means ski resorts in northern Michigan are getting ready to open this weekend.
The slopes at Caberfae near Cadillac will soon see skiers. The resort has been busy making as much snow as they can along with some help from Mother Nature.
But they’ve also had to battle several power outages which has slowed down their snow making process.
“We’re going to open, we’re going to be open Saturday and Sunday 10-5 and we’ll have as many trails, as many lifts as we can, but we’d have more if we had reliable power,” said Meyer.
Mountain operations manager Tim Meyer says they’ve still built up a solid base for skiers.
“Once you get that base snow down, get that track down and you get that snow pack, you’re pretty weather proof. You can withstand some warmer weather and still have pretty good ski conditions,” said Meyer.
The early open and quick arrival of winter weather, meant a quick changeover for Caberfae.
“We’ve had to transition right from summer business and wedding and golf business right into skiing and it’s bringing back staff, returning employees are coming back, we’re hiring new employees earlier than normal it’s great that way,” explained Meyer.
The opening of ski resorts combined with the start of firearm deer season this weekend could mean a big weekend all around for resorts in northern Michigan, including Evergreen Resort in Cadillac.
“We partner with them too, so if you want to stay here we give a discounted lift ticket and as for hunters, we’re just here to keep them warm,” said Sales and Marketing Manager Brandy Waltemyer.
Caberfae says this is their second earliest opening weekend ever.
Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville and Nubs Nob in Harbor Springs also plan to open this weekend.