As depressed as many were with near-record snowfall and bitter cold this winter, don't count area high school skiers among that group.
The high school skiing community got to bask in the best weather for skiing in a long time, if not ever, and it led to notable individual and team accomplishments.
Birmingham Marian won the Division 2 state title while multiple area skiers earned all-state recognition.
Those skiers and others are on this year's all-Oakland County ski team.
Here is the squad, starting with the first team.
Lars Joergens (Jr.), Holly/Oxford - There were no shortage of accomplishments this year for Joergens, who was named first team all-state in both the slalom and giant slalom. He won the giant slalom at the regional and divisional meets before finishing fourth in the giant slalom and fifth in the slalom at the state meet.
"Lars had a phenomenal year," Holly/Oxford head coach Phil Nimmo said. "He is a great skier and athlete which really showed on race day. Lars is one of the cleanest, most technically sound skiers out there."
Bastien Dupessey (Sr.), Novi - Another skier who consistently produced in both slalom and giant slalom, Dupessey ended up being named first team all-state in the slalom after he finished second in that event at the Division 1 state meet. He was first in the slalom and second in the giant slalom at regionals, fourth in the slalom at the SEMSL meet and first in the slalom at the KLAA meet.
"The most decorated member of the Novi ski team in school history (since it started in 2006)," Novi coach Ben Fisher said. "He led tht eteam to best season record in school history, third place in our division and second at our regional."
Derek VanItallie (Jr.), Clarkston - There was no better performer in the giant slalom this year than VanItallie, who won the state meet in the event after finishing with a time of 46.29. Overall, he won five races and finished second in both the slalom and giant slalom at the regional meet.
"Derek committed to ski racing this year and his hard work paid off," Clarkston coach Mike Foyteck said. "Derek won five races this year, including title of state champion. That was a huge accomplishment with the level of talent at that race."
Ryan Callahan (Sr.), Clarkston - A first team all-state performer in the giant slalom, Callahan was one of the big reasons why Clarkston was one of the top teams in the state all season. He finished third at the state meet in the giant slalom with a time of 47.25, and third in the slalom and sixth in the giant slalom at the regional meet.
"Ryan has ben instrumental in taking Clarkston to the next level in ski racing," Foyteck said. "Great young man. Was lucky to have coached him and he wil be greatly missed."
J.T. Stewart (Jr.), Bloomfield Hills - It was a season that saw a lot of top finishes for Stewart, who was second team all-state in the giant slalom after finishing eighth in that event at the state meet. Stewart was also dominant in the slalom for much of the season, winning that event at the SEMSL meet and the regional meet. Stewart also finished second in the giant slalom at The SEMSL meet and fifth in the giant slalom at regionals.
"J.T. will return next year and I am sure he has goals for next year that will compare or exceed his performance from this year,' Bloomfield Hills head coach Rob Brown said. "He is one of the hardest workers and has made racing one of his top priorities."
Braden Cleary, Bloomfield Hills; Justin Pavilscak, Lake Orion; Greg Schultz, Holly/Oxford; Logan Stetsko, Lake Orion; Robbie Cort, Birmingham Brother Rice.
Honorable mention (in alphabetical order)
Gregory Aikens, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood; Griffin Dahl, Bloomfield Hills; Ryan Erdmann, South Lyon; Justin Klaus, Lake Orion; Reed Lorimer, Birmingham Detroit Country Day; Wade Lorimer, Birmingham Detroit Country Day; Daniel Lunghamer, Birmingham Brother Rice; Kaegan Maddelein, Detroit U-D Jesuit; Jake Martin, Grand Blanc; Jacob McIntosh, Clarkston; Max Radecky, Birmingham Brother Rice; Ben Schuster, Clarkston; Ryan Stewart, Bloomfield Hills; Seth Thompson, Fenton; Reis Wiedemann, Clarkston.
Kat Streng (Sr.), Birmingham Marian - A four-year stalwart for the Mustangs who was a leader for the Division 2 state champions, Streng finished a fine high school career by being named second team all-state in the giant slalom in Division 2.
She won the slalom event at the Southeast Michigan Ski League Meet and was eighth in the giant slalom at the Division 2 state meet.
"Kat seemed to always be focused on claiming that No. 1 position at all of her ski events," Marian/Brother Rice head coach Robert Rhoades said. "She possessed the skills to really turn it on in her second run of an event, if she was behind. No lead was safe from Kat."
Caroline Spytman (Jr.), Clarkston - One half of what was a terrific duo this year for the Wolves, Spytman was named first team all-state in the slalom. She finished sixth at the state meet in that event as well as second at the regional meet and ninth at the SEMSL meet.
"Caroline had slow start this year, but she worked out the kinks and too off," Foyteck said. "Caroline will also be one to watch for her senior year."
Madeline Declercq (Jr.) Clarkston - The other half of Clarkston's terrific junior tandem, Declercq was named second team all-state in the giant slalom. She won the SEMSL meet, finished eight at the state meet and was second in the regional, all in the giant slalom. She also was third at the regional meet in the slalom.
"Every race she kept getting faster," Foyteck said. "Can't wait to see what's in store for next year."
Natalie Kerwin (Soph.), Milford -
A second team all-state skier in the slalom, Kerwin had an outstanding season and set herself up for what should be a great two years as a junior and senior. She finished second in both the slalom and giant slalom at the SEMSL meet, and was third in the giant slalom at regionals.
"It's so easy to crow about a good kid," Milford coach Marty Neighbors said. "Sophomore member of the team, co-captain, high GPA, finished 11th in the slalom at state finals, named second team all-state and just about one of the nicest kids you ever will want to run into."
Breann Lunghamer (Soph.), Birmingham Marian - One of the top skiers on the Division 2 state champion Mustangs, Lunghamer was named first team all-state in the slalom and second team all-state in the giant slalom. She finished third in the slalom at the Division 2 state meet, fourth at the SEMSL meet, and at the regional meet, finished second in the slalom and third in the giant slalom.
Julia Briggs, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood; Anna Geyer, South Lyon; Victoria Irwin, North Farmington; Caroline Grubbs, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep; Zoe Weinberg, Fenton.
Honorable mention (in alphabetical order)
Siena Beattie, Bloomfield Hills; Madeliene Brown, Grand Blanc; Lily Doolin, Birmingham; Caroline Forester, Birmingham Marian; Haley Hershy, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep; Grace Klochko Bull, Bloomfield Hills; Madison McCready, Birmingham Marian; Alyssa Sawer, South Lyon; Jayme Stiglich, South Lyon; Amanda Ulrich, Grand Blanc; Paige Weymouth, Birmingham Marian.