SOURCE: Michigan Snowsports Industries Assoc.

Michigan Snowsports Industries Assoc.

November 30, 2011 11:20 ET

Some Michigan Ski Areas to Open This Weekend

CLARKSTON, MI--(Marketwire - Nov 30, 2011) - With the recent cold weather, many ski areas across Michigan have fired up their snow guns. MSIA anticipates that some will open this weekend and many will be open within the next week or two! For snow conditions at Michigan ski areas check http://www.goskimichigan.com/michigan-ski-resorts.html (or go to goskimichigan.com and click on the Michigan Ski Areas and Snow Conditions button on the top left).

Snowmaking facts
Even if the ground is bare, with just a little cold weather,
Michigan's ski slopes can be blanketed in white.

  • 28˚ F. is the "magic number" for snowmaking. When the temperatures drop below this mark, you can be sure Michigan ski areas are making snow.
  • 10 inches of natural snow, when packed, usually adds only one inch of snow to the ski slope's base while 10 inches of man-made snow adds seven inches of base. Man-made snow is more dense and durable.
  • For every 10-degree temperature drop, snowmakers can double the output of machine-made snow.
  • Humidity is a factor as well. The lower the humidity, the better for making snow. If you add the temperature plus the humidity, that sum should equal less than 100 for favorable snowmaking weather.

For more information on snowmaking, go to: www.science.howstuffworks.com/snow-maker.htm

For Michigan ski information and links to Michigan snow conditions, visit www.goskimichigan.com

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Mickey MacWilliams
    MSIA Executive Director
    Office phone: (248) 620-4448
    Cell phone: (248) 330-5558
    Email: Email Contact