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Cold enough for snowmaking in Michigan!

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 

Guns On!
Skiing next weekend?
Earliest ever?

post #2 of 24

Saw some pictures of BH blowing snow also.  I'm not sure next weekend would be the earliest ever.  I recall skiing a couple of times before thanksgiving in the past.  One of the best ski trips I've ever had in MI was over thanksgiving weekend a lot of years ago (20+) at BH...it just kept on dumping and dumping and dumping.

 

Hopefully the lake effect machine will get to work later this week.

post #3 of 24

Just across the road from Nubs - Boyne HIghlands

post #4 of 24

It's on.  And it looks like this storm is tracking a bit south of the forecast.

 

post #5 of 24

Mitchell road, a few miles east of Petoskey yesterday afternoon.  Saturday's storm mostly dumped inland.

 

post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by dakine View Post
 

Guns On!
Skiing next weekend?
Earliest ever?

 

 

Earliest ever?   Boyne Mt opened Nov 15th last year, so if they open on Friday they'll beat last year.  Not sure what the record is, but I remember Brule being open in October a few years back.

 

But I think this weekend is pretty likely. 

 

Boyne Falls forecast (http://www.intellicast.com/Local/Weather.aspx?location=USMI0096 ) is for it to drop below freezing tonight and stay below the freezing mark for the rest of the week allowing for round the clock snowmaking.  Same for Harbor Springs (http://www.intellicast.com/Local/Weather.aspx?location=USMI0368 ), although Nubs tends to take their time and do it right instead of rushing to open and Boyne is usually in no hurry to open the Highlands .

 

Downstate, the forecast predicts Holly will get about 30 hours of snowmaking temps (i.e. below 28F) by Saturday morning.  That should allow them to get something open.  It's almost here!

post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 

I guess it is time to get out the tuning bench and get to work.

post #8 of 24

Yep. Long-term the forecast is looking pretty favorable.  I'd love to get out the weekend of 11/21.  Thanksgiving weekend is booked solid, but after that it should be game on.

post #9 of 24

Nubs 11/13/14

 

 

post #10 of 24

Pine Knob - going to open at 3PM on Friday.

 

post #11 of 24

Boyne Highlands 11/13/14

 

post #12 of 24
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Pine Knob - going to open at 3PM on Friday.

 

 

 

From their website this morning (http://www.skipineknob.com/ ):

 

 

Friday, November 14, 2014 Base: 0   New Snow: 0   Man-made snow(Last 24 hrs.): 4-6  
Keep your eyes on the "Polar Vortex" arriving in Michigan. It looks as though it will allow us to start making snow on Wednesday night. If the temperatures stay cold through the daylight hours, we can look forward to a weekend opening. I'll keep you posted.

 

 

I don't see anything about a specific opening date. Do you have inside info?

post #13 of 24

On their facebook page it says they will open Friday at 3PM.

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pine-Knob-official-website/200249050060601?ref=br_tf

post #14 of 24

Pine Knob's facebook post from last evening:

 

 

We're back!
Look for a 3:00PM opening Friday if tonight's snow make goes well!

 

 

 

The latest from Mt Holly:

 

Friday, November 14th- While Wednesday's temperatures were a little short of forecasted lows, last night came in strong and snow production was most excellent.

We are currently evaluating today's opening possibility and will make our official post prior to noon today with respect to the possibility of opening at 3pm this afternoon.

Please check back for the official announcement we will make as soon as the groomers report. It's lookin' good!!

 

 

Neither is a definite for this afternoon, but tomorrow should be a lock.  Who's going?

post #15 of 24

You guys are on it! See you Saturday morning at Holly [unless Highlands has Heather ready to go]. We need to provide cover for one another ,meaning  protection from the straight lining snowboarders. "Dude, why did you turn in front of me?" Can not wait.

post #16 of 24

Here's what the Highlands said on facebook last night:

 

 

 

 

And here's the latest from Boyne Mt via their facebook page (posted thursday evening):

 

Opening Day Update: We’re as pumped as you are to hit the slopes, and while it's not looking favorable for the slopes to open this weekend, we do have another great snowmaking night ahead combined with natural snowfall. Look for an announcement tomorrow on our opening day plans.

 

 

We should know more in a few hours...

post #17 of 24

Walt, do you drink your hot tea as you are skiing at Mt Holly?

post #18 of 24

In the last 5 years or so the only times I've been to Holly have been for early season turns in the evening.   I haven't skied there in the morning in quite a while, and usually I'm finished drinking tea for the day  by 6pm.  So the short answer is no.

 

As for tomorrow, I'm planning to be there for first tracks at noon which is still early enough for tea, but  I doubt I'll try to make my first turns of the season while holding a cup of scalding liquid in my hand.  Here's the latest:

 

Friday, November 14th- With Wednesday's lackluster overnight temperatures we have decided to give the snowmakers an additional night to produce some opening depth.

We will open Saturday, November 15th at 12 noon. The opening day ticket price special will be $20. We will look forward to Skiing and Snowboarding you then.

 

post #19 of 24

My friends and myself are debating between Holly and Pine Knob tomorrow. Brighton is opening Sunday. Last year, early season, Brighton arguably had the best quality snow by a long shot.

post #20 of 24

I'll probably wait until I'm ready to leave the house tomorrow and see what runs each will have open before making the call.  Holly will probably have Woodward, Canyon, and Snowstream under the HS quad.  If Pine Knob has Phase 1 open it might be worth going there instead.

post #21 of 24

Good to see that you are a "safety first" kind of guy. If you choose Mt Holly, I will see you there. Look for the Offensive Lineman on Head Rallys.

post #22 of 24

Skied Mt. Holly on Saturday from around noon to 3pm. Spent the first 1.5 hrs doing runs with some friends. The last portion we spent on the rope line trying to teach a friend's 3 y/o daughter to ski. By the time we finished, she could ski on her own weight while her Dad was holding her. All in all, not a bad first season ski day for everyone in my group! I debated heading over to Brighton Sunday since I have an Epic Pass, but decided to get some stuff done around the house before we get some real snow. I'll probably be at Brighton most frequently, though.

post #23 of 24

I was there both Sat and Sun, taking some early turns with John B and some of the ski patrol.  Too bad I missed you, although chances are we rode a lift together at some point since I spent most of the day Sat working the  single line.

 

Nice opening weekend. I've gotten in eight hours of skiing so far, so I think I'm now warmed up.

post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
 

I was there both Sat and Sun, taking some early turns with John B and some of the ski patrol.  Too bad I missed you, although chances are we rode a lift together at some point since I spent most of the day Sat working the  single line.

 

Nice opening weekend. I've gotten in eight hours of skiing so far, so I think I'm now warmed up.

 

I felt like I got back in the groove Saturday, too. I takes me a half day every year to start to feel like I won't kill myself skiing. :)

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