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Boyne Highlands gets more than 20 inches for holiday week

Boyne Highlands gets more than 20 inches for holiday week

EMMET COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- This week's lake-effect snow likely caused headaches for travelers, but for northern Michigan ski resorts it came at the perfect time.

In the past four days, there has been more than 20 inches of fresh snow at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, and on top of that it has been cold enough to make plenty of snow.

Christmas week is the busiest of the year for northern Michigan ski resorts.

“It’s something we get to do with our kids and with our friends," said Kristy Marasco, who is skiing this week at Boyne Highlands. "We just make it a tradition that we do every year. We’ve been doing it for the past ten years.”

“It’s up north," said Bill Devault, another skier. "This is just the place to be.”

Almost two feet of fresh snow this week was a welcomed Christmas gift for the resort.

“It was the perfect timing," said Mike Chumbler, the resort's general manager. "The 23rd, 24th we got dumped on up to 18 inches of snow, not to mention temperatures will be perfect for snow making so what mother nature didn’t do we were able to supplement, but the conditions are fantastic.”

It's enough snow for skiers to battle the single digit temperatures.

“It was cold yesterday and it’s better today, really nice," Devault said. "A lot of snow, it’s cold, but the sun’s out which is a good thing and no wind.”

“Last night it was really brutal on us, but today it looks sunny and we’re excited to start the day, Marasco said.”

The cold weather and heavy snow has allowed the resort to open almost all of its terrain.

“We have 53 runs open over 400 acres, ten lifts, we have tubing, cross country, fat tire bikes, dinner up on the hill so we have a lot going on," Chumbler said. "There’s something for everyone, so hope they can get out here and enjoy it.”

Chumbler said the lodge at Boyne Highlands has been completely booked through the rest of the week.

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