The Best Snow
The ‘never quit’ approach of the Ski Brule Mountain Crew has made this promise a reality. As soon as temperatures drop (even as early as October), Ski Brule starts making snow to ensure being the first to open. It’s the powerful snowmaking system combined with over 60 years of snowmaking and dedicated snowmaking crew that makes skiing in October and May a reality.
Not all snow is made equal. Snowmaking and grooming is truly a science. It is years of experience, trade secrets and ’never quit’ approach that makes Ski Brule’s snow the best there is. It is impossible to tell the difference between ‘Brule Made’ and ‘Mother Nature’ made snow. Under ideal conditions, Ski Brule can open a trail with 24 hours of snowmaking.
“The snow crew is second to none, hands down. They not only know how to make it, they know how to manage it! Their snow management keeps it in the best shape of anywhere in the Midwest. They approach it as an art, much like a brewmaster looks at making beer.” ~ Jason
Snowmaking and grooming is truly a science. Although having state of the art snowmaking system and grooming equipment surely helps, it doesn’t ensure quality snow conditions. It takes knowledge, experience and a few snow secrets to make and maintain amazing snow. When snow is made and groomed properly, it is impossible to tell the difference between ‘Brule made’ and ‘Mother Nature Made’ snow. It’s this winning combination that makes Ski Brule the best Michigan skiing!
Ski Brule’s target opening is November 8 or sooner as snowmaking permits. Ski Brule’s record opening was October 24! And record closing was May 15. You can count on Ski Brule having snow for Thanksgiving Holiday. (Ski Brule has hosted the Thanksgiving Race Camp for 32 years). Get your gear tuned up … it’s time to ride!
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When can Ski Brule begin making snow?
Ski Brule begins snowmaking as soon as temperatures permit in late October or early November. Snowmaking is more productive in the fall when temperatures are in the teens as opposed to the spring when good snowmaking can occur at thirty-two degrees. Why? Because the water temperature in the fall is warmer than the spring which then requires colder temperatures for good snowmaking output. Humidity is another factor in snowmaking. High humidity equals low snowmaking output. Essentially, cold temperatures with low humidity is the key to good snowmaking at Ski Brule. Yes, Ski Brule does have a few more tricks up our sleeve that makes Ski Brule’s snow the best Michigan skiing, we just can’t tell you what they are.
How long is Ski Brule’s season?
On average, Ski Brule’s Michigan ski slopes are open 164 days, that’s five and a half months! Ski Brule opens for snowsports as soon as snowmaking permits and remains open (including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day & Easter) for Midwest skiing & snowboarding through late April, even May! The longest skiing and snowboarding season in the entire Midwest is found at Ski Brule.
Ski Brule anticipates a mid season warm up and prepares for it at the start of the season. Ski Brule could open a trail with only 24 inches of snow but we don’t …why? Because Ski Brule is serious about snow and providing the best skiing in Michigan at all times. Ski Brule snow crew piles on the snow during the snowmaking season and stock piles it around the mountain so when the temperatures rise in the middle of winter or spring, Ski Brule is not effected by it and always provides the best skiing in Michigan.
Very Little Snow Loss
Did you know that when temperatures at night are freezing that there is very little snow loss during the day? Even at 40 degrees. Sure the snow may ‘soften’ up a little but riding on soft snow is fantastic! No it isn’t icy and no there aren’t bare spots. Ski Brule has so many snowmaking and grooming secrets that you can count on Ski Brule’s snow being the best there is anywhere! Some of the best snow is found in March! Warmer temps, soft snow, blue skies = FUN! Plan on skiing well into late April at Ski Brule. We’ll be waiting for you.
Ski Brule’s Ski & Snowboard Season Records
Ski Brule’s record opening was October 24th, record closing was May 15th and record longest ski & snowboard season was 182 days. The best Michigan skiing is found here.
Ski Brule Ski Season
2021/22 November 20- April 10
2019/2020 November 20- March 21 (COVID Government Shutdown)
2018/19 November 11- April 28
2017/18 November 10- April 22
2016/17 November 18- April 23
2015/16 November 22- April 17
2014/15 November 7- April 20
2012/13 November 9- April 22
2011/12 November 12- March 23
2010/11 November 5 – April 17
2008/09 November 11- April 19
2007/08 November 7- April 21
2006/07 October 28- April 22
2005/06 November 16- April 16