Winter Sports Starting Early!

The ski season is officially underway in Michigan.  Ski Brule in the U.P. opened today (Fri.) at 10 am.  Lift tickets are free today.  They got 3″ of natural snow yesterday, a foot of natural snow this week and they already have a 36″ base of mostly powder snow.  The pic. is snowmaking last night at Schuss Mt.  With temps. in the teens, they were cranking out the powder.  A couple of ski resorts are open in Minnesota.  They are already skiing in the Rockies and West.  In Colorado, Loveland, Arapahoe, Copper Mt., Breckenridge and Keystone are all open.

  There’s enough snow for snowmobiling over parts of N. Michigan.  This pic. this AM is west of Paradise, not too far from Tahquamenon Falls.

  This pic. is US 131 not too far from Mancelona.  Alba in Antrim Co. picked up 8″ of snow with 8″ at Waters, and 4″ at Cheboygan.

  This is along US 131 near Reed City…not enough for the snowmobile, but the ground is white.

  This is US 31 near Ludington…again, not enough for a snowmobile, but the better part of an inch on the ground.

19.7% of the U.S. had a snowcover this (Fri.) morning…that’s well above average for the date…and look at all the snow across Canada.  Air moving down from Canada is going to be cold coming off all that snow.

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