Cold weather was supposed to be on the way soon, bringing with it the promise of early-season skiing and riding across much of North America. Unfortunately, many of us have had our hopes dashed by unseasonably warm weather which appeared seemingly out of nowhere.
There were a few positives about the winter that wasn’t — it really showcased the resolve of our local ski hills, who did everything humanly possible to give us a good season when Mother Nature turned her back on us.
Snow guns, that is. Ski Brule in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula put the chairs on the lifts on October 15, and fired up the guns in late October: first test on October 22 and they report making snow on October 28 and it’s sticking.