The Christmas week is usually the year's best for Michigan ski resorts.
And they report that business looks better this season than last.
Nick Nerbonne is a spokesman for The Homestead in Glen Arbor. That's about 26 miles west of Traverse City. He said this year’s bookings are way ahead of last year's.
The resort has capacity for about 1,000 people at its two hotels, lodge, inn and privately owned single-family homes and condominiums. It also has 16 ski runs.
Skiing and other winter sports are big business in Michigan, especially in the northern part of the state.
Skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers pump more than $3.5 billion annually into Michigan's economy, according to Travel Michigan -- a Lansing-based agency that promotes state tourism.