Early takeoff for the 2014 Michigan Ski Season

December 13, 2013

Mulligans Hollow

Mulligans Hollow, photo by Kevin Ryan

Michigan’s ski resorts have enjoyed the best launch to the ski season in recent memory. The reason for this is simple: steady cold temperatures and lots of lots of “white gold.” mLive’s Weekend Snowmobile and Ski Report leads with a graphic showing 4-40 inches of snow on the ground across Michigan:

In the Upper Peninsula, the Lake Superior shoreline has over 10 inches of snow cover. The Keweenaw Peninsula mostly has over 20 inches of snow. The deepest snow cover in the Great Lakes is just east of Lake Superior in Canada. Satellite reports have the snow cover over 40 inches already. That area has seen heavy lake effect due to very cold air and a persistent west wind.

…Gaylord has had 17 inches more snow than normal, and most other cities are near normal to slightly above normal on seasonal snowfall. Traverse City, Sault Saint Marie, and Petoskey have already shoveled over 20 inches of snow. This time last year northern Michigan was well below normal on snowfall.

Read on for more including a graphic of snowfall this year, last year and average totals – Gaylord is almost 1/3 of the way to last year’s total!

Check background big and see more in Kevin’s skiing slideshow.

PS: In case you’re wondering, Mulligan’s Hollow where this photo was taken is located in Grand Haven and is 100% open already. If you follow that link you can see their webcam.

More skiing photos on Michigan in Pictures.

2 Responses to “Early takeoff for the 2014 Michigan Ski Season”


  1. Awesome! Never been in Michigan for a Ski Vacation yet! Gotta try this place! hmm.


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