The lake effect snow machine has been rockin’ lately in the Midwest. For example, as of January 5th, the Grand Haven area in Michigan has received over 61 inches of snow. That’s almost double the average by this time of year! And, with the cold air being pushed in from Canada, they continue to get inundated with the good stuff. The massive volume of white flakes falling from the sky combined with the frigid cold, the local ski hill of Mulligan’s Hollow is having a banner season… with visitors too!
Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl
Originally built in 1960 through the help of volunteers, this little area has five rope tows accessing six trails. With so much snow this season, this little hamlet has gotten over 3,500 visitors since they opened! That might not sound like a lot, but with only seven acres of terrain, that’s quite a few skiers & snowboarders.
“Superior Swell” – Try a Powder Surfer
Syrup Tree Board Company, a local Michigan company based in Upper Peninsula, asks the question “Is a powder surfer even worth it?” Well, the beauty of snow is that until it melts, it’s there for you to enjoy even if it’s just a small hill. Their boards are designed to work great in any condition at an affordable price. You can slash in crud, slush or even ‘Old’ pow. Check them out! We got ourselves one and can’t wait to try it out this season.
Rope Tows are like eating your peas… they’re good for you!
Regardless of the hill size, rope tows can really maximize the number of laps on a park more than any other lift. This is one of the reasons places like Trollhaugen and Yawgoo produce so many great park riders. You never have to unstrap or sit on a chairlift. Instead, you hit a bunch of park obstacles, swing right back onto the rope tow & zoom up to the top again.
As we wait for some colder storms to hit the West Coast, we salute our friends in the Midwest as they set records for skier visits. Keep up the good work in getting the next generation of passionate snow sliders loving the sport!