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Few Midwest Ski Areas Remain Open Into April

Lutsen-Mountain-view-of-Lake-Superior The view of Lake Superior fills the top half of any picture from Lutsen Mountains.

It's been a challenging season for Midwest ski areas with below average snowfall and above average temperatures throughout much of the winter. Many of the smaller areas struggled to open by late December, and all of the ski areas in the lower Heartland have already closed for the season. Only seven ski resorts around the Great Lakes are planning to stay open until April 1, which means they will be open for Easter weekend. Only two plan on skiing into April. In some years a few have skied into the month of May.

Lutsen Mountains, located along Lake Superior's north shore in Minnesota, plans on remaining open daily through April 7, and they guarantee having at least 40 runs open into April. If they cannot meet that goal of 40 or more runs open, you may cancel your reservation without any obligation. That's more than many Heartland ski areas offer when they are fully open, and make no mistake about it, this is mountain skiing. They will be holding their annual Easter egg hunt on the slopes. Save up to 40-percent on lift and lodging through the remainder of the season. They often ski on weekends through the month of April.

In Michigan five ski resorts, three in the lower peninsula and two in the upper peninsula plan to remain open through April 1.

Crystal Mountain is offering some nice Spring Break packages March 22-April1 when you can enjoy lodging rates starting from $101, and all kids 17 and under ski and stay free with ski packages. They have a full day of activities planned for Easter on the Mountain on March 30.

Boyne Mountain has a full line-up of activities to keep everyone happy and entertained through Easter weekend, and the infamous Hemlock Open is slated to take place Saturday April 6 when teams compete skiing in the morning and play golf in the afternoon. Some years this has taken place in early May.

Nubs Nob in Michigan's LP and Snowriver Mountain Resort both plan on staying open through April 1. Snowriver is offering up to 50-percent off lodging through the rest of this month and kids ski, stay and eat free.

Ski Brule plans on staying open daily Thursday through Sunday the rest of this month. Their infamous Brule Bash takes place this coming weekend with half price lift tickets when you ski or ride in full costume. The costume contest winner receives a 2024/25 season pass. They plan on staying open into April.

Granite Peak is the only Wisconsin ski resort remaining open into April. They plan on holding their annual Pond Skim on March 30, and their annual Cardboard Cup, a fun event to watch, takes place on April 6.

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