Snowboarding in forecast at Mt. Brighton

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MT. BRIGHTON, Mich. (WTVG) -- Between the regional snowfall and the global attention to the Olympics, those at local ski hills consider this the perfect storm.

That's because you might be inspired to try out a new winter sport, and the experts are waiting for you to sign up.

"Anytime you're in an Olympic year and you're a winter sport, you're going to see some excitement about things," explains Andrew DeQuiroz at Mt. Brighton.

DeQuiroz and other staff members are loving the fresh powder, which came down Thursday across Southeast Michigan, prompting school closings.

It also brought out some skiers and snowboarders mid-week.

Mt. Brighton is roughly 70 miles north of Toledo off U.S. 23 in Michigan.

One skier from Maumee who wanted to remain anonymous explained to 13abc, "It's just an hour and 10 minutes. Took me an hour and half today. It's a little sloppy out there today. But usually, you get up and back here easy and ski for 4-5 hours and just like working a day shift, so it's nice."

The weekend forecast calls for even more snow, and an even greater chance of people inspired to hit the slopes.