Michigan ski resorts opening for the snow sport season

Dec 26, 2012

Michigan's ski resorts are taking advantage of the wintry weather.

This is a big week for the snow sports industry....with families able to hit the slopes during the holiday break.  

Mickey MacWilliams directs the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association.

She says new artificial snow technology will allow for better skiing conditions this year.

"Even if there isn't snow in your backyard, if it's 28 degrees or below, our ski areas are covered with snow," she said.

MacWilliams says this week's cooler temperatures are a good sign for the industry. Last year's warmer than usual winter made for a shorter snow sports season.

She says the sluggish economy is actually good news for Michigan ski resorts.

"No matter where you are in our state, you're within a 2-hour drive of a ski area, so skiing is very accessible," she said.

She says Michigan resorts also draw tourists with extra activities like indoor water parks, and sleigh rides.

Curious about the ski conditions near you? You can find a full list here.

-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom