Cannonsburg has earliest opening day in seven years

Skiiers at Cannonsburg Ski Area. Cannonsburg opened before Christmas for the first time in seven years Saturday (Dec. 17, 2016).


CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The hills in northern Kent County were alive Saturday with frosty but happy snowboarders and skiers — a big change from previous winters.

“I’ve got to say, this is the first time we’ve been sledding, tubing before Christmas,” Jack Slack said as he hit the slopes Saturday with friends. “Usually it’s not until the middle of January, February, but now — hey, loving it.”

After last winter’s warm temperatures and lack of snow, the blanket of white stuff was a treat for the people who run Cannonsburg.

“Great day. That snow this morning really helped out, that extra six inches that came in overnight,” said John Losey, Cannonsburg ski and ride director.

This is the first time Cannonsburg has been able to open before Christmas — and stay open over the holiday break — in seven years.

“Last year, we had a real crazy winter. I been in this game for quite a while and it was the worst winter we’ve had in ski area business,” Losey said.

The snowboarders and tubers were out en masse, along with the skiers, who were able to enjoy all but a couple of hills that are slated to open later next week for the holiday break, which is traditionally the biggest time for ski resorts.

“We have grandparents and parents who are coming here today and they’re like, ‘We’re so excited, because this is what we’ve done in the past.’ So we’re excited to be able to spend the holidays out on the slopes, riding, eating in the restaurant together,” said Danielle Musto, Cannonsburg’s event coordinator.

“Last year sucked. This is going to be the year to actually go out get a snowmobile, so sledding, go do this and get out and enjoy the cold,” Slack said.

Everyone said the base is great thanks to the natural and manmade snow. Management expects the snow to keep coming and slopes to stay open for the foreseeable future.

Cannonsburg will be open again Sunday at 9 a.m.

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