With a significant warmup heading our way starting this weekend and lasting into next week, this will likely be one of the last Daily Snows for the 22-23 season. Besides some wet snow for Friday night, this weekend will feature mild, spring-like conditions on the slopes.
Short Term Forecast
Friday - Sunday:
A small area of rain and wet snow will track across the central portion of the Midwest Friday night into Saturday morning with some wet snow possible for first chair at Granite Peak on Saturday. Some of the light snow may also sneak over to Boyne Mtn and Treetops but any accumulations are expected to be on the light end.
After the rain and snow move out, temperatures will warm quite nicely for Saturday with most of the resorts climbing into the 40s and 50s for highs. Buck Hill could sneak into the 60s for their last bonus day of the season. Sunday will be even warmer with some middle and upper 40s to low 60s possible. The best chance at seeing 60s will be for Granite Peak and over at Boyne Mtn. 40s and 50s are expected for resorts spinning the lifts in the Lake Superior region.
April 10- 16:
Next week will bring very warm conditions to the Midwest with multiple days featuring highs in the 50s-70s. The exception could be for locations very close to Lake Michigan and Lake Superior as the cold water will limit some of the warming but that will mainly impact Lutsen and Bohemia. I do think it will be warm enough to play a role in how resorts determine closing dates and what terrain remains open.
The next week also looks to be relatively quiet, with most of the days being dry or only a few light rain chances. A better-organized system may arrive towards the end of the week/into the weekend bringing with it the chance of rain.
Daily Snow Schedule:
Look for the next forecast on Sunday morning with a brief recap of the season. The next Daily Snow after this Sunday is TBD due to the mild conditions expected and dwindling resorts left open.
Thanks for following along this season and I hope that these forecasts aided in optimizing your time on the slopes!
New Closing Dates Announced/Added:
- Spirit Mtn - Open through April 8th (TBD after)
- Bohemia - Weekends only after April 2nd
- Loch Lomond will spin the lifts from April 7-10 (TBD after)
- Searchmont will spin the lifts from April 6-10 and 13-16 (TBD after)
- Mont du Lac will be open until April 15 with limited dates and hours
- Buck Hill will open limited terrain for bonus day on Saturday, April 8th
- Treetops bonus day on Saturday, April 8th
- Boyne Mountain, daily through Sunday, April 9th (TBD after)
***Compiled from various sources and subject to change, I strongly recommend calling ahead***
Closing Sunday, April 9:
Granite Peak, Snowriver (Black River Basin)
Closing Saturday, April 15:
Mont du Lac
Closing Sunday, April 16:
***By Geographic Region***
North Shore Lake Superior/Northeast Minnesota
Open: Spirit Mtn, Mont du Lac, Lutsen, Bearskin (TBD, likely open into April), Loch Lomond (TBD, likely weekends only in April), Mount Baldy
Closed: Chester Bowl, Giants Ridge
UP/South Shore Lake Superior/Lake Effect Snow Belt
Open: Birkie, Snowriver (Black River Basin), Bohemia, Ski Brule, Searchmont
Closed: ABR, Whitecap, Ripley, Marquette Mtn, Pine Mtn, Powderhorn, Porkies, Snowriver (Jackson Creek)
Twin Cities Region
Closed: Coffee Mill, Afton Alps, Mount Kato, Wild Mtn, Hyland Hills, Powder Ridge, Trollhaugen, Buck Hill, Welch Village
Open: Granite Peak
Closed: Paul Bunyan, Christie, Nordic Mtn
Southern Wisconsin Region
Closed: Mt La Crosse, Cascade, Devil's Head, Wilmot, Mountain Top, Sundown (Iowa), Chestnut (Illinois), Sunburst, Alpine Valley (WI), Tyrol, Little Switz
Northern Lower Michigan/Traverse City Region/Lake Effect Snow Belt
Open: Boyne Mtn, Treetops
Closed: Boyne Highlands, Otsego, Shanty Crk, Caberfae, Crystal Mtn, Nub's Nob
Southwest Lower Michigan/Grand Rapids Region/Kalamazoo Region/Lake Effect Snow Belt
Closed: Cannonsburg, Bittersweet, Timber Ridge, Swiss Valley
Southeast Lower Michigan/Detroit Region
Closed: Mt Brighton, Mt Holly, Alpine Valley (MI), Pine Knob