Winter sports enthusiasts are giving thanks for the snowfall.
The snow guns are running, creating a base of snow and the opportunity for an early ski season at many resorts.
"We're very excited, to say the least," says Chris Hale, vice president of Shanty Creek. "With snow still falling and snowmaking temps expected to remain throughout the week, it's too early to say how many runs we'll open with but one thing is for sure: this is the earliest opening we've had in many years."
Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire will open Schuss Mountain Friday, Nov. 29. Officials decided to keep the resort closed on Thanksgiving Day to allow staff members to spend time with family. "We consciously made that decision even though other resorts are planning to open on Thursday. But for us, Friday feels right." says Hale.
To commemorate the early opening and the holiday weekend, Shanty Creek will be offering kids 8 and under free lift tickets and free rentals. There will be instructors available to teach kids to ski or ride. Schuss Mountain will be open Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will re-open the following weekend.
Nub's Nob in Harbor Springs will be open for skiing and snowboarding on Thanksgiving.
Nub's Nob will have 4 slopes open Thursday and Friday with another 2 to 3 runs open by Saturday. The resort will be open Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and will then close down to make more snow. Nub's Nob is hoping to be open for the full season on Friday, December 6.
Ticket prices at Nub's Nob are $35 per day for adults and teens and $28 per day for ages 9 to 12. Children 8 and under ski free any day with a skiing guardian.
Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville will open Thanksgiving Day starting at noon and will stay open until 5. Crystal Mountain will be open for the rest of the holiday weekend from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.. The slopes will then shut down to make more snow during the week before opening again on Friday, December 6.
For the Thanksgiving weekend, lift tickets will cost $25 for skiers and riders 13 years old and up, $15 for 7-12 year olds, and free for those under 6 year old.
Caberfae Peaks near Cadillac in Wexford County will be open for skiing and snowboarding on Friday, November 29.
Storm Team Meteorologist Joe Charlevoix is forecasting a cold Thanksgiving Day with mid/upper 20's and lake effect snowfall.
Friday will be mostly cloudy with snow showers at times in the upper 20's. Saturday will bring some sunshine, dry, low/mid-30's and Sunday, mostly cloudy in the mid-30's. For more details on the forecast head to UpNorthLive's weather page.