After skiers and snowboarders leave at the end of the day, mountain manager Mike Cutler and his team of groomers take over the slopes at Crystal Mountain Resort. They work all night to prepare downhill runs for the guests who will show up the next day anticipating perfect corduroy – that's the pattern left by the grooming machines. Weather and snow conditions keep the groomers on their toes. Mike Cutler says that’s what keeps it interesting.
Eli Brown spent years training for the Winter Olympics, and now he’s finally going. But Brown isn’t competing as an athlete. Instead, he’s making sure the U.S. cross-country ski team has the fastest skis possible.
The owner of Sugar Loaf on the Leelanau Peninsula says it will eventually reopen as a four-star, year-round resort.
The former ski resort would have fine dining, a spa, vineyards and in-house wine among other amenities.
Jeff Katofsky bought the property last year. He told people at a public meeting today that he has not made a decision yet about downhill skiing at the resort. He says the ski equipment on site is unusable and beyond repair.
Advocates for the Hickory Hills Ski Area in Traverse City can move forward with plans to expand the city-owned park. The city commission voted last night to pledge $1.5 million toward the project, which would include a new lodge and parking lot. The money would come out of the Brown Bridge Trust Fund.
Commissioner Jim Carruthers said the expansion will draw visitors to the ski area year-round.
Winter has been long and hard for the entire Midwest but it's been great for Nordic skiers. Both skiers and Vasa organizers hope it will reinvigorate a sport that has been declining in recent years. Jacob Wheeler reports.
He's collecting historic information about defunct ski hills around the state like Mt. Mancelona in Antrim County and Stonecliffe Ski Area on Mackinac Island. Knox says he found a business report from the 50s that claimed Michigan had more ski areas than any state except New York. And he says for all he knows that might still be true.