BY KATHY GIBBONS
TRAVERSE CITY — Holiday reservations at the area's ski resorts are on par with or higher than 2011 levels, resort officials said.
Boyne's Erin Ernst said holiday bookings at Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain are up over last year at this time.
"Starting from preseason Dec. 21 to post season all the way through to Jan. 6, we are up over last year for our holiday season period for reservations," she said. "Things are looking good."
Ski statistics are helped by some downstate school districts that extended holiday breaks this year.
"A couple of the major school districts down in the Detroit area are off all the way through the first weekend of January," she said.
Jim Bartlett at Nubs Nob noted that an adjacent condominium development that offers ski-in and ski-out access is completely booked for Christmas week.
At Crystal Mountain, spokesman Tom Kramer said reservations are strong, with groups of friends and families coming from all over the U.S. to celebrate the holidays together.
"We've been looking at some spread sheets from past years and we're not too far off from where we are historically," he said.
At Shanty Creek, Lindsey Southwell said reservations are running about the same as last year at this time. She said potential snowfall in downstate Michigan over the next several days could provide a helpful push.
"When it snows downstate, gets cold downstate, that's when people really start calling," she said. "If they don't see it, they don't necessarily believe it."