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      Hit the slopes before the snow goes

      While the winter in the Upper Peninsula is definitely not over yet, it's closer to being spring than we may think.

      This may have some thinking that the skiing and snowboarding season is just about over, but do not be deceived. Some of the best skiing and snowboarding can be done in March, when it's nearing the spring season and while some may be thinking about spring break and beaches, they may not know of the great conditions not that far from home.

      Hitting the slopes near the end of the season can mean good powder, sunny skies, and extended hours, according to resort officials.

      "It's quite a bit different; it's nice," said snowboarder Brian Stansberry. "You don't have to worry about the cold, you get to enjoy the warm weather; it's a good time.

      The Pine Mountain Ski Resort offers skiing and snowboarding every day of the week, with discount lift tickets every Tuesday through Thursday.