We don’t have to convince you to ski in Northern Michigan during the winter, but spring skiing may seem a little far-fetched to non-locals. You’re probably thinking “ocean,” not “skiing” when you hear “spring break,” right? We’re here to tell you why spring skiing is the perfect vacation to take when the temperatures begin to rise.
Here are five great reasons to spend time on the slopes in Northern Michigan this spring:
Did you know that fresh snow isn’t just possible, it’s actually expected in Northern Michigan during the month of March and sometimes well into April? According to US Climate Data, the Petoskey area boasts an average snowfall of 14 inches in March and 2 inches in April, more than enough to ski throughout the better part of the spring.
The sun sets later and later during the spring, giving you more daylight on the slopes. And Northern Michigan ski area management knows how to please skiers and riders: extended lift operating hours in the spring. You can buy your springtime lift tickets knowing that your days on the slopes will be long and full.
Longer days also mean more time to pack in events on the mountains. Here are a few events that take place in Northern Michigan in the spring:
How do you end the Northern Michigan ski season spectacularly? Mountain closing days. They are bittersweet for winter-sports lovers and also world-renowned.
Of the four major ski areas in and around Petoskey (Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, Nubs Nob, Mt McSauba), which one goes largest for the last day of the season?
That was a trick question. All four ski areas are buzzing on the last day and night. With massive slopeside parties, food, and drink, family fun, and more, the closing season in Northern Michigan is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.
You might be asking, “Isn’t Northern Michigan full of family fun year-round?”
Of course it is. But springtime is unique. Northern Michigan springtime provides the perfect mix of warmer weather, family activities, and opportunities to introduce a love of winter sports to the next generation.
Anyone who has been to Northern Michigan knows that the varied terrain means there are runs for every age and skill level — from the smallest first-timer to the seasoned pros. With our four ski areas, there are dedicated zones for beginners as well as chairlifts that serve intermediate and advanced terrain. Families can take different runs and all end up at the same meeting point.
At night, take the kids to a variety of events – concerts, apres-ski parties, and more – guaranteeing that by the time you and the family get back to where you’re staying, everyone will be happy and tired.
From the first chair to the last call, Northern Michigan knows how to have fun. With spring sunshine, retro ski outfits and impromptu on-mountain parties are the norm.
At the end of the day, ski right into one of the best parties of your life. Northern Michigans apres-ski scene is second to none, and you’re likely to be dancing in ski boots until the sun dips behind the mountains.