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Northern Michigan ski season draws to a close

Northern Michigan ski season draws to a close

OTSEGO COUNTY, MI (WPBN/WGTU) -- It's that time of the year when ski season is starting to come to a close at northern Michigan resorts.

For Treetops Resort, this weekend will be its last for ski season.

"We always go typically to mid to late March," said Kevin McKinley, the director of gold and ski operations at Treetops. "There have been times where we have dipped into April, when the weather permitted us to, and then there’s been other times when we’ve closed early in March, it’s just kinda what Mother Nature throws at us.”

Compared to past years, Mother Nature has worked in favor of ski resorts, with a lot of snow during the busiest time during winter holidays.

“Certainly a success," McKinley said. "That week between Christmas and New Year, that’s a huge, huge week for a lot of ski resorts, and I know in talking to all of the other northern Michigan resorts, that was a huge win for the season this year and then January and February, we muddled through even though we had a few warm ups there. Still had great conditions for people to come up and enjoy it.”

Some of northern Michigan's other resorts will be wrapping up ski season as well.

Boyne Highlands and Schuss Mountain will end skiing on Sunday, March 26.

Both Chrystal Mountain and Nub's Nob will end on April 2, and Boyne Mountain will go as long as weather permits.

Most resorts will have big season ending events.

This weekend, Treetops will be having "Short's Rocks the Mountain" with Short's Brewing Company as well as a snowmobile race.

Saturday at Treetops, lift tickets are only five dollars for anyone who shows up to ski wearing shorts.

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