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Last Hill Standing: Let's Take A Look At Last Season's Midwest Closing Dates

Updated: Mar 19, 2023

Every season around this time, I often get asked when certain ski areas will close. Of course, the truth is only Mother Nature and demand will dictate the closing date, but looking at last year's dates will give you a decent **IDEA** of when resorts typically close down. Here are last year's closing dates and the last twenty ski areas open for the season. I would consider last season to be pretty typical. However, some areas, such as Lutsen, had a record-breaking end-of-season.

Projected Closing Dates:

Some ski areas have begun providing "Projected/Tenitive" closing dates. For some ski areas, these are firm cut-off days; for others, they are just guidelines. We added all projected closing dates to our guide (view by clicking here) and will update you as more information becomes available. If no date has been given, we labeled them TBD; this is where this historical data can be helpful.

Closing Considerations:

Often I get asked, "why does XXX close with so much snow left on the ground." This topic is one that I could talk about for hours, but here are some primary reasons to consider.

-Off-season improvement projects

-Lack of customers (especially day tickers)

-Operational costs to move snow

-Struggle to find employees to work

-Giving staff a break after a five-month sprint

-Insurance

Last 20 Open Across the Midwest (2022):

1 - Lutsen Mountains, MN - 5/7/2022

2 - Mount Bohemia, MI (UP) - 5/01/2022

3 - Boyne Mountain, MI (LP) - 4/17/2022

4 - Granite Peak, WI - 4/16/2022

5 - Marquette Mountain, MI (UP) - 4/11/2022

6 - Ski Brule, MI (UP) - 4/10/2022

6 - Black River Basin, MI (UP) - 4/10/2022

6 - Jackson Creek Summit, MI (UP) - 4/10/2022

6 - Pine Mountain, MI (UP) - 4/10/2022

10 - Andes Tower Hills, MN - 4/9/2022

10 - Mount Ski Gull, MN - 4/9/2022

12 - Nub's Nob, MI (LP) - 4/3/2022

12 - Giant's Ridge, MN - 4/3/2022

12 - Spirit Mountain, MN - 4/3/2022

12 - Crystal Mountain, MI (LP) - 4/3/2022

12 - Mont Du Lac, WI - 4/3/2022

12 - Treetops, MI (LP) - 4/3/2022

12 - Terry Peak, SD - 4/3/2022

12 - Porcupine Mountain, MI (UP) - 4/3/2022

12 - Mont Ripley, MI (UP) - 4/3/2022


Illinois Closing Dates (2022):

Chestnut Mountain - 3/13/2022

Four Lakes - 3/5/2022

Snow Park at Alpine Hills - 3/5/2022

Snowstar Winter Sports Park - 3/12/2022

Villa Olivia - 3/2/2022


Indiana Closing Dates (2022):

Paoli Peaks - 3/6/2022

Perfect North - 3/13/2022


Iowa Closing Dates (2022):

Mt. Crescent Ski Area - 3/4/2022

Seven Oaks - 3/13/2022

Sundown Mountain - 3/13/2022


Michigan Closing Dates (2022):

Adventure Mountain - Unknown

Alpine Valley (MI) - 3/13/2022

Big Powderhorn Mountain - 4/2/2022

Black River Basin - 4/10/2022

Bittersweet - 3/16/2022

Boyne Highlands - 3/28/2022

Boyne Mountain - 4/17/2022

Caberfae Peaks - 3/20/2022

Cannonsburg - 3/20/2022

Covington Ski Hill -Unknown

Crystal Mountain - 4/3/2022

Crystella Ski Hill - 3/14/2022

Hanson Hills - 3/6/2022

Hickory Hills - 3/13/2022

Jackson Creek Summit - 4/10/2022

John & Melissa Besse Sports Park -Unknown

Marquette Mountain - 4/11/2022

Mont Ripley - 4/2/2022

Mount Bohemia - 5/1/2022

Mount Holly - 3/20/2022

Mt. Brighton - 3/13/2022

Mt. Holiday - 3/19/2022

Mt. McSauba - 3/19/2022

Mt. Zion - 3/20/2022

Mulligan's Hollow Ski Bowl 3/14/2021

Nubs Nob - 4/3/2022

Ostego Resort - 3/19/2022

Pine Knob - 3/13/2022

Pine Mountain - 4/10/2022

Porcupine Mountain - 4/3/2022

Shanty Creek - 3/27/2022

Ski Brule - 4/10/2022

Snow Snake Mountain - 3/13/2022

Swiss Valley - 3/13/2022

Bay Mtn @ The Homestead - 3/13/2022

Timber Ridge - 3/7/2022

Treetops Resort - 4/3/2022


Minnesota Closing Dates (2022):

Afton Alps - 3/20/2022

Andes Tower Hills - 4/9/2022

Buck Hill - 3/26/2022

Buena Vista Ski Area - 3/20/2022

Chester Bowl - 3/20/2022

Coffee Mill Ski Resort - 3/13/2022

Como Ski Area - 2/21/2022

Detroit Mountain - 3/27/2022

Elm Creek Winter Recreation - 3/19/2022

Giants Ridge Resort - 4/3/2022

Hyland Hills Ski Area - 3/20/2022

Lutsen Mountains - 5/7/2022

Loppet Foundation - 3/20/2022

Mount Kato Ski Area - 3/20/2022

Mount Ski Gull - 4/9/2022

Mt. Itasca - 3/19/2022

Powder Ridge Ski Area - 3/20/2022

Spirit Mountain - 4/3/2022

Welch Village - 3/20/2022

Wild Mountain Resort - 3/20/2022


Missouri Closing Dates (2022):

Hidden Valley - 3/6/2022

Snow Creek - 3/6/2022


North Dakota Closing Dates (2022):

Bottineau - 3/26/2022

Huff Hills - 3/13/2022


Ohio Closing Dates (2022):

Alpine Valley (OH) - 3/13/2022

Boston Mills - 3/20/2022

Brandywine - 3/13/2022

Mad River Mountain - 3/13/2022

Snow Trails - 3/20/2022


South Dakota Closing Dates (2022):

Great Bear Ski Valley - 3/13/2022

Terry Peak - 4/3/2022


Wisconsin Closing Dates (2022):

Alpine Valley (WI) - 3/13/2022

Ausblick Ski Hill- Private - 3/31/2022

Bruce Mound - 3/6/2022

Camp 10 - 3/13/2022

Cascade Mountain - 3/20/2022

Christie Mountain - 3/20/2022

Christmas Mountain - 3/13/2022

Devils Head - 3/13/2022

Fox Hill Ski Area (Private) - Unknown

Grand Geneva - 3/13/2022

Granite Peak Ski Area - 4/16/2022

Kettlebowl Ski Hill - 3/6/2022

Keyes Peak - 3/19/2022

Little Switzerland - 3/13/2022

Mont Du Lac - 4/3/2022

Mount La Crosse - 3/13/2022

Mt. Ashwabay - 3/19/2022

Nordic Mountain - 3/20/2022

Nutt Hill -Unknown

Paul Bunyan Ski Hill - 3/20/2022

Sunburst - 3/13/2022

The Rock Snowpark - 3/13/2022

Trollhaugen Ski Resort - 3/20/2022

Tyrol Basin - 3/20/2022

Whitecap Mountain - 3/20/2022

Whitetail Ridge Ski Area - 3/12/2022

Wilmot Mountain - 3/13/2022

Winter Park - Kewuanee County - 3/13/2022


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