It's been an excellent winter at Marquette Mountain, perched above the Lake Superior shoreline, which normally produces epic snow conditions with copious amounts of lake effect snow.

March is often one of the best months of the winter to get out and enjoy the slopes with the longer daylight hours and progressively warmer temperatures. The Mountain is hosting several events over the next couple of weekends to celebrate the coming of spring.

An all day adult lift ticket is $40 and $35 after 1 p.m. Children (7-17) are respectively $35 and $30. Midweek rates run $35 and $30, and special rates with $19 daily rates after 1 p.m. take place Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Area lodging rates start from $61 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. The Mountain does not have lodging, but a page on their website directs you to Marquette establishments.

Shred Betty Take Over Day is Saturday March 19. All female riders get a $27 full-day lift ticket, free snowboard rentals, free helmets (while supplies last), a free freestyle clinic from noon to 2 p.m., and free snacks on the hill.

The fourth annual Spring Corn Rodeo and Telefest happens Saturday, March 26. Events include an Up-Down Race from Weasel's Gulch Deck, Ice Monster Launch Competition, Telecross, and a potluck picnic on the deck at 2 p.m. Mention Telefest when you purchase a lift ticket, and it's only $25.

"Our snow normally comes early and stays late with the greatest snowmaking machine in the world, Lake Superior, supplying snow measured in feet instead of inches," longtime General Manager Vern Barber told OnTheSnow.

Annual snowfall is around 225-inches. That's nearly 19 feet of snow each season. Skiing and riding continues through April 2, weather permitting.

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