April Skiing/ Snowboarding Schedule:
Ski Brule will continue operations through April, with the following schedule:
Homestead Lodge, Homestead BBQ Dinnner, Sleigh Ride, Friday Fish Fry, SKIWee, Whitewater Snow Tubing, Night Skiing, Cross Country, Snowshoe, Fat Tire Bike and Child Care are closed for the season as of April 8. No nightly activities.
Open for skiing & snowboarding: April 13 & 14, No nightly activities.
Open for snowboarding & skiing: April 19, 20 & 21. No nightly activities.
Open for snowboarding & Skiing: April 27 & 28. Rental equipment will be available through the Bears Den Pro Shop. No nightly activities.
Cross Country, Snowshoe, Fat Bike Trails closed as of 3/26.
Lodging Office hours 8:30-4:00 Sunday-Thursday & 8am-6pm Friday & Saturday.
Lifts & Runs will be open/closed based on weather, guest numbers.
Ski Brule will provide the best conditions at all times and will be the first to open with the longest season in the Midwest.
It’s the ‘never quit’ attitude of the Mountain Crew at Ski Brule that has made keeping this promise possible. When temperatures drop as early as October, Ski Brule fires up the snowmaking system to ensure being the first to open in the region. Ski Brule’s powerful snowmaking system combined with 60 years of snowmaking knowledge, makes skiing in October and May a reality. Under ideal snowmaking conditions, Ski Brule can open a trail within twenty four hours.
Best Michigan skiing because of a few trade secrets.
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 9 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 28 years). Get your gear tuned up … it’s time to ride!
“I cannot say enough about our adventure yesterday. My son Bryce and I went for our first time skiing and he asked if we could come back next weekend. All of the staff was fantastic … from the lodge to the Rental Center, to the people shoveling, to the lift operators, to the Homestead Lodge staff. We met a 9 year old that has a lot of family that work at Ski Brule. She was also a tremendous help to us all day! We are super sore today, but it was so worth it and we will definitely be back with the rest of our family! Thanks Ski Brule staff!” ~ Amber
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.
“This is our 4th year at Ski Brule. I can’t say enough positive things about all our experiences here. Staff is friendly, trails are well maintained and the overall experience is fantastic. Family friendly, owner operated and great specials and events.” ~Mary Beth
Ski Brule Ski Season
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
397 Brule Mountain Road, Iron River, Michigan 49935
Email: [email protected] Phone: 1-800-DO-BRULE (1-800-362-7853) Phone: 906-265-4957