CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — This winter has given skiers and snowboarders more of a ride than a lift ticket. Snow has been drastically different month to month this season.
“This winter has been weird,” said skier Ron Arnon. “A lot of ups and downs with the precipitation and the temperatures. But the conditions out here have been surprisingly good. The snow is excellent. It’s probably about as good as it can get right now.”
A strong Super Bowl Sunday snow has been enough to keep the snow guns off this week. And while November came in as the snowiest on record for Grand Rapids, December was one of the least snowy.
The hefty November snowfall was great for area ski hills, building up a base that lasted through December. Cannonsburg Ski Area workers say their trails were maintained and groomed through winter break, but turnout wasn’t as high.
“When they don’t see it in their front yard, they don’t think that we have it,” said Wendy Anderson with Cannonsburg Ski Area. “But we are constantly making snow as best as we can. We have some of the best snow makers.”
Cannonsburg Ski Area employees say Christmas break is typically very busy on the ski hill, and one of the most lucrative times of year. Still, late season snows are ensuring the slopes will continue to be open into March. Despite the dry December, Cannonsburg is projecting a normal sales year and employees are hopeful they will be able to stay open through March.