We can't belly up to the bar for pre-holiday drinks or join friends for year-end restaurant meals, but we can carve turns on snoiwy slopes.
Snowmaking has been under way at Alpine Valley in western Oakland County, which plans opened three of its 25 runs Tuesday for six hours of afternoon and evening skiing.
"We're just happy to be one of the things that can be open for people to get them out of the house, do something healthy that's an outdoor activity," marketing directror Brian Snabes tells Priya Mann of WDIV.
Face masks are required on lifts and during lessons.
Ski resorts can operate under statewide restrictions that now run through Dec. 20, but lodges remain off-limits except for bathrooms. Use by ski teams also is prohibited.
Alpine Valley's cafeteria and bar offer carryout, and it adds outdoor seating and radiant heaters "for people to hang out by and warm up in between runs," said Snabes at the White Lake Township attraction southwest of Waterford. He also suggests retreating to vehicles to "warm up and get the kids changed to dry gear."
"We're hoping as the season progresses we'll be able to change that and open the lodge back up."