Pros: Old Homestead Vibe
Cons: Accommodations are spread way out
Brule is an interesting place. Located in the Michigan Upper Peninsula so arrivals occur a lot at night and the staff is very friendly and helpful in getting busloads of people and gear to their assigned accomodations ( even if half of the bus riders are plastered). The condos they use are spread out for a couple of miles around the hill adjacent to Brule, so walking to the slope from most of the condos would be real bummer. But, they have a pretty good free shuttle service to move people around.
One of the first things you see at the lodge is the motor for the bunny hill tow rope. It sits inside a split rail pen and consists of an electric motor inside a small log cabin with the shaft protruding out the side and coupled to an old dually truck axle with the tow rope passing over the V that is formed between one set of tires. It doesn't go very fast but has a real quaint charm to such an antique still proudly in use.
They have modernized their other lifts and getting up the hill isn't any problem.
Brule does have some pretty good runs. In fact there are a lot of early and late NASTAR events held there.
One old tradition they had was to use horses to pull a 12 person sleigh. Now they tow it with a snow cat. On the backside of the mountain they have an old 1800's homestead cabin that has been preserved by reconstructing it inside a modern log shell. When step inside you are transported back to 1800. On certain nites they treat all their guests to a wonderful dinner in the homested cabin. They pick you up at the main lodge in the 12,000 hp sheigh and take out to the cabin and back afterwards. Horses are still kept in corals on the mountain between runs. It's kind of cool to stop and see the horses, they love to have company.