73
      Sunday
      85 / 70
      Monday
      79 / 60
      Tuesday
      76 / 59

      Mother Nature makes for successful Northern Michigan ski season

      Ready or not, ski season is melting away in Northern Michigan.

      Ready or not, ski season is melting away in Northern Michigan.

      After Mother Nature came thru with some prime shredding conditions this year, there's not much to complain about.

      "It's been a great year and we are looking forward to following it up with an even better 2013, 2014 season," said Tom Kramer, Crystal Mountain Public Relations Manager.

      Hundreds strapped on their skis and snowboards on Sunday ready to get in their last runs of the ski season on some of Northern Michigan's most popular Winter destinations. Caberfae, Boyne Mountain, and Crystal Mountain were just a few of the spots closing down operations on the bittersweet day.

      "January, February, March , we had storms that brought 8, 9, 10, even 12-inches of snow at a time," said Kramer. "So Mother Nature gave us a great boost this year and that certainly added to the base and added to the quality of the snow too."

      Constant, fresh, white powder meant a busier than usual season at Crystal Mountain. Business was up more than 10-percent compared to last ski season.

      "We've brought in a lot of skiers not just from Northern Michigan, but we've seen a lot of guests come in from all over the country who because of the weather, because of what they're reading and seeing on T.V. they've heard about the great snow we've had all year, so a lot of people have discovered skiing at Crystal Mountain for the first time, and skiing in Northern Michigan too," Kramer said.

      Crystal Mountain invited everyone to ski on Sunday, for free.

      "It's a free ski day, how do you say no," said Jaime Wudy, who came up to ski from Battle Creek.

      Skiers can look forward to some new and exciting elements for next year. Kramer tells 7&4 News that a new chair lift will be installed by next season.