Rain closes W. MI rinks, ski slopes on New Year’s Eve

Kent County

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Before the ball could fall, rain fell on West Michigan, forcing ice rinks and ski slopes to close on New Year’s Eve.

Cannonsburg Ski Area announced Monday it would remain closed because of the rain.

“Sorry everyone, hopefully the new year brings much better weather,” the venue stated on Facebook.

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Cannonsburg has battled wet, mild weather in December but was able to make enough snow to officially open for the season on the 15th. Unfortunately, the ski area has had to close three times since, including Monday.

“It’s not fun by any means,” Cannonsburg’s marketing director Danielle Musto told 24 Hour News 8. “Our staff, we’re like a family here and we spend months getting ready for the winter season, so it’s always very disappointing when we have to close.”

Cannonsburg plans to make snow through the night and intends on reopening at noon New Year’s Day.

“The moment temps drop, we have people who work around the clock making snow,” Musto said. “It’s frustrating at times, but we make the most of it.”

Musto also said Cannonsburg is offering free season passes to first responders and military members.

Bittersweet Ski Resort in Otsego also shut down Monday because of the weather, with plans to open at 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

In Grand Rapids, officials closed the Rosa Parks Circle ice rink because of the weather, promising updates throughout the evening on Facebook.

Portage Parks and Recreation Department also announced Monday the ice rink at Millennium Park would be closed for the day, also leading to the cancellation of the New Year’s Skate event.  The city blamed “rainy weather and poor ice conditions” for the closure.

City officials plan to reopen the ice rink at 280 Romence Road on New Year’s Day, weather permitting. Open skate will be noon to 5 p.m. Those interested in skating can contact the city at 269.329.4522 for rink condition reports.

—24 Hour News 8’s Evan Dean contributed to this report.

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