Ski Brule, located in a cold spot along the Michigan/Wisconsin border in the UP, often boasts the longest ski season in the Midwest. This season, as long as the snow holds out, they have events scheduled well into April.

Carload Days are planned for April 4-5, 18-19, and 25-26. It's just $55 for a car or truck load of people; no buses please. Everyone needs to be in a seat belt, and everyone in the vehicle receives a lift ticket.

Life's a Mountain Beach Party takes place April 4-5. Ski or ride in full beachwear and receive a half-price lift ticket. Saturday features a hula hoop contest (doesn't say if that's while skiing or riding), chili cook-off contest, water balloon toss, three leg race and a scavenger hunt. The fun continues Sunday with a limbo contest for skiers and riders, face painting, potato sack race, beach volleyball, and a treasure hunt.

You can get half-price lift tickets if you ski or ride in bunny ears or a bonnet Easter weekend, April 11-12. Saturday features an egg and spoon race, face painting, and another potato sack race (they must grow lots of potatoes nearby). Sunday features an Easter Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., an egg toss and, of course, an Easter egg hunt.

Check out the many lodging deals they offer this time of year. Ski Brule normally skis into mid-April, and once stayed open through May 12. They hold the Midwest record for length of season: 182 consecutive days of skiing and riding. Many lower Midwest ski areas are lucky if they can get half that time for a season.