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Porkies ski hill finishes 'amazing' season


Miranda Anderson/Daily Globe

Skiers use the chairlift at the Porcupine Mountains Sunday afternoon.

ONTONAGON – The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park's ski hill closed this past weekend after receiving 255 inches of snow for the season.

Just as the amount of snow that fell for the season was up from last year, so was business and excitement at the hill, according to supervisor of operations Scott Jackson.

"We had an amazing season," Jackson said.

The Porkies boasts 200 acres of downhill ski slopes and 24 miles of cross-country ski trails.

There was also new equipment for both disciplines this season.

Porkies officials have also established a program for ski area management students from Gogebic Community College.

"Mt. Zion is a lab for the SAMs and the Porkies are also a lab," said Jackson, "Students can get their grooming hours done here; it takes 12 hours to groom the hills."

As for next season's plans, "It's something we have to discuss with the college and the Department of Natural Resources," Jackson said.

"The Porkies are seeing a rebirth - many more happy faces and returned skiers," said Jackson, "It's a happy and comfortable place."

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