Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Earliest ski opener on record

This year's north ski resorts kicked off skiing on November 15, the same date hunters were hitting the woods for the annual firearms deer opener.
Cold temperatures made for ideal snow making conditions. But Mother Nature had the last say when temperatures warmed a week or so later putting a temporary halt to skiing. But that didn't last.
"They're skiing right now," Treetops general manager Barry Owens said. "I've never seen a ski season open this early."
And it's been a busy opener too. Erin Ernst, Boyne communications director agreed. 'We've been really busy just like it's the middle of winter."
Cross Country's number one promoter, Bob Frye, owner of Cross Country Ski Headquarters in Roscommon took a break from talking to customers to comment on how well the season has gone so far.
"You worry every year if the weather is going to cooperate," Frye said. "It sure did this year. Frye has the only snowmaking equipment for cross country skiing in the state. He's been making snow on the hills and trails around his business.
Lessons have been on the uptake and sales of new skis and clothing for this next year have been doing well.
For those new to cross country skiing, several family events have been planned offering "Learn to Ski" sessions.
A Winter Trails Day Priority Health family day of skiing is being offered at Cross Country Ski Headquarters.
First time cross country skiers will receive free use of equipment, lessons, trail pass and hot cocoa and hot dog lunch at Trappers Cabin. Call (800)832-2663 to p
re-register. The event takes place Jan. 11-12.

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