Yeah, I was up there the 24th of April last year and they didn't get shit for snow until the very end of the season. This year they've got more base than they had total snowfall last year. So being open in April is likely a given. (...I hope!!)
From what I can tell, they were really stoked on the turnout throughout the month of April. I guess being the only resort open probably helps
but at this point I'd think it would take some sort of cataclysmic weather event to prevent them from being open at least through April 13. After that, they did weekends only until 4/28 IIRC. I anticipate the same this year...
I'm hoping there's a chance they might stay open into May, at least for weekends. My little riding buddy will be visiting from Germany on the 13th. I was hoping to get in a day or two of riding when she's here.
That would be really unprecedented. Would be cool/novel, but by that time can't imagine the snow would be too good. On a related note, guy I know up in Glen Arbor says he has hiked The Homestead hills in May as they often retain skiable snow for some time, because it's right on the lake and temps stay pretty low there.
So no chance of harpooning your white whale for you in March eh?
I mean, I might still just say fuck the meetup in March and try to plan one in April. Then I would plan on going Boho on 3/23 weekend, only falling back to plan B at Crystal/etc. if the weather is unfavorable up in the Yoop.
Wish I knew somebody on the forum or that I met on the hill that could go for something like that on short notice right after or before seeing an incoming Storm!. It's just too far (...and expensive.) to go for a 3-4 day weekend unless there's somebody to split driving and cost! Otherwise I'd go in a heartbeat.
That's the trouble with it, man. It's sooo far away and the conditions so variable that it's hard for me to commit precious vacation time to such uncertainties.