Fast on the heels of the other downhill area open in the Midwest, Ski Brule in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula opened a limited number of runs for the season over the weekend and will open more daily.

The resort, voted the best overall favorite last season by OnTheSnow readers, celebrates its opening through Dec. 24 by offering all advance lift tickets at $35, valid anytime during this season. That’s a 22 percent savings. Tickets are available online at the ski resort's website and at area merchants.