Ski Brule, located along the Wisconsin border in Michigan's UP, will probably once again post the longest Midwestern season. They hold the record for the longest Heartland season when they were open 182 days during the 2002-03 season. They opened Oct. 24, 2002 and didn't close until April 23, 2003. The latest they have closed is May 12, 1998. Some say they have a small glacier buried under the ski hill.
The Spring Break Special begins this week and runs through April 11 when you get $25 off per person, per day on lift and lodging packages. Quantities are limited for that discount so book early.
Easter events Saturday, April 3 include an egg and spoon race, tug of war (probably over a slush pond), and a potato sack race. There's a brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Easter Sunday and an egg toss and egg hunt that afternoon. You win a 2010-11 season pass if you find the golden egg.
The brunch includes eggs, French toast, pancakes, ham, roast beef, chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, salads, and dessert is $8.95 per person and $5.95 for kids nine and under.
Brule is celebrating spring with Life's A Mountain Beach Party April 17-18. Show up in beachwear and get half-price lift tickets. That Saturday events include another potato sack race, an egg toss, and a three leg race - wonder if that's on skis. There will also be NASTAR and Whitewater Tubing specials. They throw in a limbo contest on skis Sunday, which should make a good spectator event.
Days are longer, temperatures are warmer, and it's a great time of year to be on the slopes. The season is coming to an end. When Brule hangs it up you know the Heartland season is officially over. Get out and enjoy it while you still can.