Weather makes for ideal ski conditions, as people flock to slopes


OTSEGO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Temperatures in the upper 20's and a light dusting of snow made for ideal conditions on the slopes today.

So, Newschannel 3's Amy Hybels went out to Bittersweet Ski Resort which--like other ski resorts in West Michigan--has been waiting for a day like this for quite a while.

GM Victor Gayheart tells us they may break an attendance record out Saturday, and they hope that momentum carries them through the long holiday weekend with many schools off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Mother nature finally decided to start cooperating this weekend.

"This might be one of the biggest days we've ever had," Gayheart said.

It's been a long time coming, according to Gayheart.

"This is the first day for a lot of the skiers this year," he said.

That's because winter didn't come early, and December was unseasonably warm.

"We're down about 52% as of this time right now," Gayheart said.

Gayheart hopes the long lines this weekend will help turn things around.

The turnaround couldn't come soon enough for the Harris family, of Hudsonville.

"We've been waiting and waiting and waiting; so excited for the opportunity to come," said Kim Harris.

And she says she and the kids were not disappointed.

"Not too cold, not snowing in our faces...just really good quality family time," she said.

Family time her kids would like to see more of--and if Mother Nature continues to cooperate, their wish may come true.

"If we make a little bit of snow and build our base...we can easily go until the end of March," Gayheart said.

And that's something this crowd no doubt would like to see happen.

"We're Michiganders...we like our summers hot and our winter's snowy," Kim said.

If that does indeed happen, Bittersweet says they could end up with an average season.

We also checked in with Cannonsburg, Timber Ridge, and Swiss Valley--who are also open all weekend, and tell us they've also been busy.