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BRIGHTON, Mich. (WLNS) -- Sunny skies and snow-covered slopes set the scene for Mt. Brighton's renovated resort.
"We couldn't ask for better skiing weather. I know people with other things aren't loving the weather driving to work everyday, but for winter outdoor activities it has been fantastic," said Taylor Ogilvie, the general manager at Mt. Brighton.
Last year, the company spent $10 million to upgrade its snowsports scene. This year, combine low temperatures and lots of snow and, for avid skiers, like Paul Brown, the conditions couldn't be better.
"It has been the best I've ever seen since the late '70s and it looks like Northern Michigan in the late '70s, so that's saying something," he said.
Brown grew up in Petoskey and started skiing at age two. He has skied at Mt. Brighton for years. However, this season, Brown and his 5-year-old daughter enjoy better slopes, new lifts and even improved snow.
"The stuff that you don't see is what makes the big difference. A lot of snow making improvement. They don't need it much this year, but it does help," he said.
The renovation isn't just felt outside, inside a lot of the budget was spent to update this resort. "There were just a lot of things that needed some upgrades, some love, and that's what we did with this project," Ogilvie said.
Workers finished renovations in November and Mt. Brighton opened soon after.
"We did close for two days when it was really cold. We just felt for guest safety and employee safety that it was the right call," Ogilvie said.
Now that it's warmer at Mt. Brighton, skiers and snowboarders enjoy the upgrades while they bask in the snow.
Mt. Brighton is open seven days a week. For more information visit the ski resort's website.