Ski Enthusiasts…Suit Up! Detroit Mountain Preps for Opening
Two weeks ago, it wasn’t cold enough to open the slopes.
Now, almost everywhere you look, there’s plenty of snow.
With the help of Mother Nature and seven million gallons of water to make snow, Detroit Mountain is finally getting ready for people to get on the slopes.
For the past two years, Detroit Mountain opened the day after Thanksgiving, but this year, warmer temperatures didn’t let that happen.
“We lost the two weekends and unfortunately, that is revenue lost,” said Megan Smith, who is Detroit Mountain’s Guest Services Manager. “But we’re hoping that in the end, maybe Mother Nature will be kind and give us two more extra weeks at the end of the season.”
It has to be at least 20 degrees and Detroit Mountain wants to keep the machines running for 24 hours straight to get the best snow.
“We don’t want people skiing on ice,” said Smith. “We want them skiing on snow.”
But come 9:00 am Saturday morning, the hills are ready for you to shred.
“We’re very lucky that this week we got a burst of Mother Nature,” said Smith. “She came in with a force.”
And with this fresh snow, even beginners can enjoy a ride.
“We use snow that’s shaped appropriately to make sure that new people have a good experience the first time they come out,” added Smith.
“We will have both the Z-Lift and the Q-Lift up and running,” said Dan Josephson, who is the Snow Sports Director. “Our beginner hill will be open and then we have our new tubing hill, which will also be open.”
Now that we’ve said goodbye to the warmer temperatures, you might as well enjoy this winter wonderland.
“What the natural snow fall does is actually get people to think about it,” added Josephson. “When people look out their backyard and see green grass, they don’t really think about coming out to Detroit Mountain “
And if you need to warm up after being outside in the cold, or you just want to relax, there’s plenty of room for that inside the lodge.