Michigan is a skiers’ paradise, boasting 42 ski areas with over 200 chairlifts, 840 runs, more than 40 terrain parks and hundreds of kilometers of groomed cross-country trails. The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA), is the trade organization for Michigan’s ski areas, retail stores, and manufacturers. They report that for winter 2011, Michigan will see a colder-than-usual winter according to the 2011 Old Farmer’s Almanac.
For the Upper Midwest, which includes Michigan’s Northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula, the “Old Farmer’s Almanac” predicts: “Winter will be much colder than normal, with temperatures 3 degrees below normal, on average, in the east and 6 degrees below in the west … Precipitation and snowfall will be below normal in the east and above normal in the west. The snowiest periods will occur in mid-December, early January, mid- to late February, and early to late March.”
For the Lower Lakes, which includes the lower two-thirds of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, as well as Northern Ohio and the Chicago area, they predict the following: “Winter will be about a degree colder than normal, on average, despite a number of mild periods. The coldest periods will occur in the second week of December, early to late January, and mid-February. Precipitation and snowfall will be below normal in the east and above normal in the west.
The MSIA has a roundup of what’s new at Michigan ski resorts for 2011 and they also have some great promotions for skiers at the state’s resorts including free skiing for all 4th graders and the White Gold Card which allows you to purchase a single pass that allows the holder to ski at 29 different Michigan ski areas this winter for just $189! Get all kinds of Michigan skiing links at absolutemichigan.com/Ski!