Some northern Michigan ski resorts fire up snow cannons as winter temperatures arrive

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Get started, snow cultivators! Some of Northern Michigan’s biggest ski resorts fired up their snow cannons — and sparked a wave of anticipation for the start of ski season. As temperatures across the state took a sharp turn toward winter on Friday, long-term forecasts show those low temperatures are likely to stay.

Some locations on the Upper Peninsula have seen double-digit snowfall over the past two days. Spots in Grand Traverse County reached 9 inches this weekend, areas of Kalkaska County saw 6 inches and at least a few inches of snow fell in most parts of northwest Michigan, according to the National Weather Service.

Warm ground means much of it will melt, but cold temperatures and continued scattered snow showers this week mean excellent conditions for snowmaking on the ski slopes.

Let’s see who is talking about his snow cannons:

  • Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls posted several photos of their working snow cannons. “Temperatures are dropping and there is snow, now is the best time to start snowmaking,” they said on Facebook. “Old Man Winter is slowly heading to the resort. Start composing your snow dances as we work towards opening day!”

This season, Boyne Mountain will not only launch the Midwest’s first 8-person chairlift, but will also keep its hugely popular new SkyBridge open to winter hikers who want to experience traveling down a ski slope – and get panoramic winter views of the Boyne Valley. under them.

  • The Highlands at Harbor Springs, Boyne Mountains sister resort to the north, also has webcam footage of their snow cannons in operation today.
  • Up north, Nub’s Nob teased ski enthusiasts with a link to their live webcam showing snowmaking was in progress: “Click on it and see for yourself.”
  • To the east, Treetops Resort outside Gaylord did a “We’ve got snow!” shout and share photos of their snowmaking activity.

RELATED: Treetops Resort Launches Cool School Winter Getaway Packages and Expands Midweek Skiing

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