Skiing in Michigan: 32 Best Ski Hills & Ski Resorts in Michigan, Plus Pro Tips for Beginners & a Ski Trip Packing List

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Snowboarding & Skiing in Michigan in Winter

Ski resorts in Michigan and ski hills may be smaller than the runs you’ll find out west, but for many Midwesterners, these ski places are more accessible and offer a great chance to get outside and enjoy outdoor winter fun in the Mitten State.

Whether you’re looking for ski resorts in Michigan with lodging and amenities or a single day skiing in Michigan getaway, you’ll find all of the places you can ski and snowboard in Michigan on this list.

You’ll also find tips for those of you who are thinking about getting started with skiing.

Ski Hills & Ski Resorts in Michigan

Snowboarding and downhill skiing resorts and ski hills are spread across Michigan, meaning that you shouldn’t have to travel too far to find a place to ski.

Use the search fields below to sort the list by region or amenity offered.

1) Boyne Mountain Ski Resort

1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls, MI 49713

Boyne Highlands Resort ski slopes Photo courtesy of Boyne Highlands Resort.

About Boyne Mountain Ski Resort
Boyne Mountain is a favorite when it comes to Michigan ski resorts.

Located in Boyne Falls, this family destination has a lot to offer.

In addition to 60 downhill ski runs on 415 acres of skiable terrain, Boyne Mountain also has other winter activities to keep you busy, like cross country skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire snow biking, and even a winter zipline course.

Beyond that, you'll find fun at Avalanche Bay, Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, or at their spa.

In the summer, two golf courses, disc golf, lift-serviced mountain biking, and beach activities are a big draw.

*Feature Image courtesy of Boyne Mountain.

Boyne Mountain Ski Resort Ski Hill Stats
-415 skiable acres, 500 feet of vertical, and some of the longest runs in Michigan.
-60 trails, 12 lifts
-29% beginner, 41% intermediate, 30% expert runs
-140 inches snowfall, average
-extensive snowmaking

Choose from nine lodging options at Boyne Mountain for your ski resort vacation. There's everything from hotel rooms, to condominiums or cabins, to villas.

Ski-in ski-out accommodations are available, as are rooms at the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa. Rooms here are connected to the Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark. There's also a heated, year-round indoor/outdoor swimming pool plus hot tubs here.

Or, camp out at the all-new Chalet Edelweiss and get the ultimate ski-in, ski-out experience.

2) Caberfae Peaks

1 Caberfae Ln, Cadillac, MI 49601

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About Caberfae Peaks
New lodging and a renovated lodge are waiting for visitors at Caberfae Peaks in Cadillac.
They claim to offer the best skiing and snowboarding value in the state of Michigan.

As the closest big ski resort to the majority of Michigan residents, it takes less time to get to Caberfae Peaks than other resorts.

That means more time spent on the slopes and less time spent on the road!

Caberfae Peaks offers huge vertical drops with consistently great snow.

Caberfae Peaks Ski Hill Stats
In addition to the runs, visitors are welcome to bring a crock-pot or a picnic lunch and hang out in the newly updated Skyview Lodge.

The fieldstone fireplace is worth a visit in itself.

Caberfae makes their own snow and operates 34 ski runs, 5 lifts (1 Quad, 2 Triples, 1 Double, 1 Flying Carpet).

Rentals are available

Stats: 485' vertical drop, 2 peaks, 225 skiable acres

The Mackenzie Lodge at Caberfae Peaks has 39 rooms and is located right at the base of the slopes and next to the golf course.

You'll have ski-in/ski-out accessibility plus an outdoor heated pool and hot tub and fire pit.

Plus get big discounts on lift tickets when booked with the room!

3) Crystal Mountain

12500 Crystal Mountain Dr., Thompsonville, MI 49683

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About Crystal Mountain
Families love Crystal Mountain Resort in Benzie County.

This 1500 acre golf, ski & spa resort destination is just over a two hour drive from Grand Rapids, MI, or approximately 30 miles southwest of Traverse City, MI.

The skiing is good, the staff is friendly and accommodating, and the amenities consistently provide what families need to relax and have fun together.

If you’re looking for a Northern Michigan family ski vacation, Crystal Mountain should be on your list.

Crystal Mountain Ski Hill Stats
Crystal Mountain’s skiable area covers over 100 acres and has 58 downhill slopes, 27 of which are lighted for night skiing. Plus, you’ll find 3 terrain areas and 8 lifts (2 carpet lifts.)

Groomed trails

22% of runs marked easiest, 48% more difficult, and 30% black diamond

Snowmaking on 98% of their terrain

Rentals available

Crystal Mountain offers a wide range of lodging options to accommodate everyone.

Choose from a spacious ski-in/ski-out townhome at the top of the mountain, a cottage tucked away in the peaceful woods or a cozy hotel room. There is an indoor pool and hot tub for guests.

4) The Highlands at Harbor Springs (Formerly Boyne Highlands Resort)

600 Highland Dr, Harbor Springs, MI 49740

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About The Highlands at Harbor Springs (Formerly Boyne Highlands Resort)
Michigan’s largest ski resort and the highest vertical terrain in the Lower Peninsula!

The Highlands at Harbor Springs is a family-owned, four-season resort offering the most skiable acreage in Michigan and the highest vertical skiing and snowboarding in the Lower Peninsula.

With many special events and so much to do, the Highlands is a family favorite.

The Highlands at Harbor Springs (Formerly Boyne Highlands Resort) Ski Hill Stats
The Highlands at Harbor Springs has the longest run in Michigan, with the Lois Land to North Peak Pass run clocking in at 1.25 miles (it's a green run.)

55 beautifully groomed and maintained downhill runs, and a wide variety of terrain parks suited to riders and skiers of every ability.

16 beginner acres, 8 chairlifts including 1 high-speed 4-seat lift, 2 magic carpet conveyor lifts

Designated night-skiing days throughout the season.

Rentals available

With lodging options for every family and group size - from upscale hotel rooms, condos with full kitchens to home rentals - there's a lodging option available to fit the needs of all.

Rooms in the recently renovated Main Lodge have ski-in / ski-out access, outdoor pool & hot tub, and select rooms accept pets.

Ski-in / ski-out access is also available at the Alpine Village condos.

5) Shanty Creek Resort

5780 Shanty Creek Road, Bellaire, MI 49615

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About Shanty Creek Resort
Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire, Michigan is a four-season destination resort spanning nearly 5,000 acres across three distinct villages: Summit, Schuss and Cedar River, each with lodging, dining, golf, and downhill skiing and cross country trails.

Schuss Mountain ski resort and Summit Mountain’s two-mountain experience provides 53 downhill slopes, five terrain parks, 30km of cross country trails, and a multi-lane alpine tubing park located at one one of the best ski resorts in Michigan.

Shanty Creek Resort Ski Hill Stats
Combining variety, terrain, and well-maintained conditions with friendly guest service and everyday low rates create a spectacular Shanty Creek winter getaway.

Add alpine tubing, 28km of cross country trails, and a host of family-friendly winter activities, you'll find Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort simply delivers A Better Value.

Schuss Mountain delivers some of the midwest’s best ski terrain—from long, gentle corduroy groomed runs to steep GS racing slopes, and plenty of beautiful hardwood glades (Pro Tip: Head to the Red Lift). Also home to the award-winning Monster Park.

Lift ticket rates vary—by day, by age, and by type.
Sundays at Schuss are special. Starting Dec 6, we encourage you and your friends and family to spend some quality time on the slopes*. From noon to close you get a full-access lift ticket, rental equipment, and a station-by-station lesson for just $35.

After church or after brunch, head to Schuss Mountain.

Shanty Creek has over 400 lodging options for every family size and budget!

Summit Village offers both hotel rooms and condos.

Cedar River Village is mostly condos, but also has hotel rooms. Condos and the one-bedroom suites have ski-in / ski-out access.

Schuss Village has one and two bedroom condos as well as houses.

6) Treetops Resort

3962 Wilkinson Road, Gaylord, MI 49735

Ski Free Weekend

About Treetops Resort
Established in 1954. Located in northern Michigan.

Treetops Resort is home to ski hills, golf courses, restaurants, a spa & salon, and numerous lodging options.

In the winter, they offer a big variety of cold-weather activities.

Treetops Resort Ski Hill Stats
The ski area at Treetops Resort has 23 runs over approximately 50 acres.

Their groomed slopes are suitable for skiers of all abilities, from beginner to expert.

They average 140 inches of snow per year and are typically open for 4 months of skiing. Skiing at Treetops usually opens around Thanksgiving.

3 triple chair lifts and a magic carpet.

They do offer night skiing.

Rentals available.

Special Events at Treetops Resort
Events throughout the season include Comedy Night, Skiable Feast, Wilderness Sleigh Ride Dinner and Ski Free Weekend

Five lodging locations with over 200 guest rooms and suites.

Choose from the
-Treetops Lodge (pools and spa are located here)
-The Treetops Inn (heated indoor pool)

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7) Nub's Nob Ski Area

500 Nub’s Nob Rd., Harbor Springs, MI 49740

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About Nub's Nob Ski Area
Nub’s Nob offers 53 ski slopes and trails on 3 separate peaks, friendly staff, fresh homemade food, an award winning lodge and the most highly decorated snow making and snow grooming Crew in the Midwest.

Nub's Nob Ski Area Ski Hill Stats
248 acres of skiable terrian, 97% covered by snowmaking.

53 runs: 9 experts only, 8 most difficult, 21 more difficult, 15 easiest, 2 award winning terrain parks. (20% Most Difficult, 50% More Difficult, 30% Easiest.)

9 chairlifts and a rope tow: Three quads, four triples, two doubles, one rope tow (servicing the race arena)

Some night skiing available. There is no night skiing on Sundays or Tuesdays.

Rentals available

8) Otsego Resort

696 E M 32, Gaylord, MI 49735

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About Otsego Resort
As far as ski resorts in Michigan go, Otsego Club in Gaylord, MI is the place to go for short lift lines, alpine village vibes, and some of the best affordable skiing in lower Michigan. Plus, they have the ski-in River House, an epic ski cabin restaurant tucked in the valley.

This formerly private ski facility is now open to the public.

Ostego Club offers dining, alpine log-style ambiance, conference facilities for 500, 36 holes of Championship golf on the Tribute and the Classic golf courses.

Amenities also include an outdoor summer pool, lighted tennis courts, and a 1200 acre wildlife preserve.

Otsego Resort Ski Hill Stats
29 runs/5 terrain parks and 5 lifts
400 ft vertical drop

With the highest elevation in the lower peninsula, Gaylord is in the heart of Michigan’s snow belt and is blessed with a hearty snowfall average of 150 inches per year.

That, combined with an area full of peaks and valleys, makes the region a prime place for downhill skiing.

Plus, short lift lines at Otsego Resort mean that you spend your time skiing rather than waiting in line. It still feels like a private resort here, even though the place has been open to the public for several years now.

There’s a good balance of beginner, intermediate, and difficult ski runs, along with several terrain parks.

Ostego Club has 80 hotel rooms and suites.

Hotel rooms have all the amenities your family needs to be comfortable. Some rooms have a bathtub with spa features.

Larger families will want to check out the Loft. Like its name, it has either two or four twin beds with additional loft space.

2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath chalets are also available.

9) The Homestead

1 Woodridge Rd, Glen Arbor, MI 49636

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About The Homestead
It may be small when it comes to skiable terrain, but The Homestead (near Sleeping Bear Dunes and situated on Lake Michigan) has one of the best ski resort views in the state.

The Homestead is a beachfront resort offering a wide range of unique lodging choices supported by luxurious facilities designed for romantic getaways, family vacations, weddings, reunions and corporate meetings.

The Homestead Ski Hill Stats
16 acres of skiable terrain
15 trails: 25% beginner, 55% intermediate, 20% advanced
1 terrain park
100% Snowmaking
5 lifts: 2 triple, 1 double, 1 magic carpet, 1 tow rope
Night skiing
Rentals available

The Homestead has a wide variety of lodging options.

There is an historic waterfront inn, a lodge, hotel, and a couples retreat. Rooms and one and two-bedroom suites are among their offerings.

There are also privately-owned villas and homes with one to four-bedrooms. All are ranked at one of three levels of quality – Grand, Classic and Simple.

Grand quality hotel rooms, villas, and vacation homes are for the guest who wants the finest vacation experience and ultimate in comfort.

Classic quality villas and homes appeal to those who enjoy their vacation experience in a setting with many of the comforts of home.

Simple quality condominiums and homes are well-suited to those who enjoy their vacation experiences in a relaxed fashion without frills.

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10) Pine Mountain Ski & Golf Resort

N 3332 Pine Mountain Road, Iron Mountain, MI 49801

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About Pine Mountain Ski & Golf Resort
The only full-service, Ski-In/Ski-Out resort in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. This family-friendly resort will create memories for many years and teach your family to enjoy skiing.

Pine Mountain Ski & Golf Resort Ski Hill Stats
220 acres of skiable terrain
27 trails and slopes
3 terrain parks
5 lifts: 1 triple and 2 double chairlifts, 2 surface tows
80 acres of night skiing
Rentals available

The Lodge at Pine Mountain has 38 newly renovated hotel style rooms that sleep 2 adults and 2 children.

There is a variety of room layouts and sleeping arrangements in these ski in/ ski out rooms.

Larger families can opt for a condo / haus. Spread out in 1 - 3 bedroom condos, some including bunk beds and/or sleeper sofas. These are also all pet friendly.

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11) Ski Brule

397 Brule Mountain Road, Iron River, MI 49935

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About Ski Brule
Ski Brule is the first to open and the last to close in the region with the best snow conditions at all times. Ski Brule is the friendliest, most outgoing resort anywhere.

Ski Brule Ski Hill Stats
150 acres of skiable terrain
17 Trails: 35% beginner, 35% intermediate, 24% advanced, 6% expert
11 Lifts (5 chairlifts, 2 t-bars, 3 rope tows, 1 paddle tow)
3 Terrain Parks
2 Terrain Trails
100% Snowmaking
Night skiing (TBD for 2020 / 2021 season)

Whatever your lodging needs, Ski Brule has you covered.

Smaller, more affordable condos at the Pioneer have options for sleeping up to 4 people while Anderson Lake Lodge can sleep up to 16 people in six bedrooms.

Some units allow pets.

Package deals are available throughout the year and must be booked over the phone.

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12) Snow Snake Ski & Golf

3407 East Mannsiding Rd., Harrison, MI 48625

About Snow Snake Ski & Golf
Snow Snake is a year-round outdoor activity center featuring golf and ziplines in the summer and snow sports in the winter (downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.)

Snow Snake Ski & Golf Ski Hill Stats
Best for beginner and intermediate skiers.
43 acres park includes tow ropes, a magic carpet and a chairlift, serving 10 runs.
Terrain park
Rental equipment available.

13) Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort

N11375 Powderhorn Road, Bessemer, MI 49911

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About Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort
Big Powderhorn Mountain is tucked away in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Your escape to the Northwoods begins with 17 feet of average natural snowfall, renowned grooming, family friendly specials, and a down-home staff who treats you like family. Throw in a charming Bavarian style village with complimentary shuttle service and you have the makings for an unforgettable winter getaway!

Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort Ski Hill Stats
45 Trails
622 Feet of Vertical
9 Double Chairlifts
253 Skiable Acres
3 Unique Terrain Parks
27% beginner, 40% intermediate, 31% advanced, 2% expert

All of the chalets at Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort have individual flat rates for the winter season. They include discounted lift tickets.

Lodging options include condos, duplexes and houses. Some offer ski in / ski out access. Sleeping options start at 1 bed / 1 bath condos that sleep 4 people up to 6 bed / 4 bath houses that sleep 16.

Please note that the facilities are individually owned and operated and are not owned by Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort.

They vary in amenities as well as policies on deposits, refunds, and gratuities. Be sure to check the details when making reservations.

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14) Big Snow Resort Indianhead / Blackjack Mountain

500 Indianhead Rd., Wakefield, MI 49968

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About Big Snow Resort Indianhead / Blackjack Mountain
Indianhead Mountain Resort & Blackjack Ski Resort have combined to offer 56 trails, 3 terrain parks, 15 lifts, 410 Skiable acres and endless variety!

Big Snow Resort Indianhead / Blackjack Mountain Ski Hill Stats

638' Vertical Drop
230 skiable acres
30 wide open runs
9 lifts and tows including a Magic Carpet
2 Terrain parks
50% expert, 33% intermediate, 17% beginner
Snow making

490' Vertical Drop: 490 feet
170 skiable acres
26 trails
6 lifts: 4 doubles, 1 rope two, 1 handle tow
2 terrain parks
5% Expert Double Black Diamond Runs, 35% Advanced Black Diamond Runs, 40% intermediate, 20% beginner
Night Skiing

Choose from an assortment of Big Snow Resort lodging that will suit your needs and budget located at both Indianhead Mountain and Blackjack Mountain.

Options include mountaintop hotel rooms, village chalets or trailside condos. Sleep options range from 2 people up to 14.

Some units allow pets.

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15) Timber Ridge Ski Area

07500 23 ½ Street, Gobles, MI 49055

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About Timber Ridge Ski Area
When the temperature drops, head to the historic Timber Ridge Ski Area, Southwest Michigan’s oldest ski hill. We’re a popular destination for skiing, snowboarding, tubing and other snow sports in the Gobles, MI area.

Timber Ridge Ski Area Ski Hill Stats
New for 2022 - Harry’s Hollow trail (great trail through the woods) is now lit with LED lights!
Plus, NEW Pine Beginner Conveyor (aka “Magic Carpet”) up and running!
NEW Butternut Double Rope up and running!

Wednesday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Skiing/Snowboarding
$45 Lift $30 Rental

44 skiable acres
16 runs: 44% beginner, 38% intermediate, 19% expert
10 lifts: 2 double, 1 triple, 1 quad, 6 rope tows
2 terrain parks
50 acres of night skiing
100% snowmaking

16) Bittersweet Ski Resort

600 River Road, Otsego, MI 49078

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About Bittersweet Ski Resort
Bittersweet Ski Resort is a resort and recreational facility in Otsego, MI. The resort contains 350 vertical feet, 20 runs, 7 chairs lifts, 2 wonder carpets, and 2 rope tows. The indoor lodge is where you'll find the restaurant, bar, and the full service ski shop.

To ensure you feel safe when you are visiting with us, we have certified Ski Patrol fully staffed at all times ready to help at the drop of a snowflake. If you would like to improve your skills while on the hill, we offer private, semi-private, and group lessons through our onsite ski school, where all lessons are taught by certified ski instructors.

There's always fun to be had at Bittersweet Ski Resort, whether it's a casual day on the hill, or a competitive day where we host a series of races. We also host events for skiers and snowboarders of all ages!

Come on out to Bittersweet and enjoy the snow with us!

Bittersweet Ski Resort Ski Hill Stats
350 vertical feet, 20 runs, 7 chairs lifts, 2 wonder carpets, and 2 rope tows.

17) Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area

13421 Mann Street, Jones, MI 49061

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About Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area
Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area is located in the southwest Michigan near a town called Jones. We have 11 runs of varied terrain, serviced by two quad chairlifts, one triple chairlift and a separate learning area with surface tows.

Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area Ski Hill Stats
225′ Vertical Feet
11 Runs, Lighted for Night Skiing
7 lifts: 2 quad chairs, 1 triple chair, 4 rope tows
Terrain Park
100% Snow Making
Rentals available

18) Mount Holly Ski and Snowboard Resort

13536 Dixie Hwy, Holly, MI 48442

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About Mount Holly Ski and Snowboard Resort
Nestled in Groveland Township near Holly, Michigan, there's no other ski area quite like Mt. Holly. The Resort first opened its doors in December of 1956 and boasted Southeastern Michigan's first ski area to include snowmaking in its master plan.

Mount Holly Ski and Snowboard Resort Ski Hill Stats
350 vertical feet of skiing and riding
100 skiable acres spread over 16 trails
Night skiing is also available
13 lifts (7 chairlifts and 6 surface lifts, including a high-speed chair - 1 carpet & rope on the bunny trail)
100% snowmaking coverage
30% Beginner, 50% intermediate, 20% advanced
Rentals available

19) Alpine Valley Ski Area

6775 Highland Road, White Lake, MI 48383

About Alpine Valley Ski Area
Southeast Michigan's favorite winter destination!

Alpine Valley Ski Area Ski Hill Stats
Length of Season: November – March
Snowmaking Capacity: 100% of Area
Vertical Drop: 300 feet
Elevation: 1,210 feet
Longest Run: 2,000 feet
9 High Capacity Chairs
4 Beginner Ropes
1 Wonder Carpet (for beginners)

20) Pine Knob

7778 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI 48348

Pine Knob Ski and Snowboard Resort

About Pine Knob
Located in Oakland County between Detroit and Flint, Pine Knob is your destination ski resort in Southeast Michigan. Whether you are a beginner or expert, family or individual, we are the place for you to enjoy the slopes this season!

Pine Knob Ski Hill Stats
80 acres of skiable terrain
17 runs: 20% beginner, 20% intermediate, 40% advanced, 20% expert
3 terrain parks
13 lifts: 6 chairlifts, 4 tow ropes, 3 wonder carpets
Groomed trails, 100% snowmaking
Rentals available

21) Mt. McSauba Recreation Area

09223 Mt. McSauba Rd., Charlevoix, MI 49720

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About Mt. McSauba Recreation Area
Rated one of the top three small ski areas in the U.S. by Ski Magazine, Mt. McSauba offers truly affordable family skiing. More than just a ski slope, Mt. McSauba is a winter recreation playground. There is a skating rink with a warming cabin on the south side, a lighted sledding hill on the north side and behind the towering dune, a cross-country ski trail.

Mt. McSauba Recreation Area Ski Hill Stats
Serviced by four tow ropes, most of Mt. McSauba’s six runs are on the front facing the day lodge but on the backside is Tornado Alley, so named because it catches the wind blowing off Lake Michigan. At the top of the Alley, you enjoy a panorama of the lake and the frozen shoreline and then can tackle the Mt. McSauba’s longest run, a 1,100-foot-long intermediate slope with a vertical drop of 150 feet.

80 Acres of Ungroomed Trails

22) Petoskey Winter Sports Park

1100 Winter Park Ln, Petoskey, MI 49770

About Petoskey Winter Sports Park
Seasonal park with ice rinks, sledding/skiing/snowboarding hills & a warming house with concessions.

Petoskey Winter Sports Park Ski Hill Stats
One 0.2km beginning ski and snowboard hill with one tow rope. Elevation info: 219 m - 241 m (Difference 22 m). Valley run available.

Petoskey Winter Sports Park sledding

23) Mt. Holiday

3100 Holiday Road, Traverse City, MI 49686

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About Mt. Holiday
Mt. Holiday is a small nonprofit ski hill in the Traverse City area. Ski, snowboard, snow tube, zipline, hike or bike at this location.

Mt. Holiday Ski Hill Stats
12 runs with a vertical rise of 180 ft
30% beginner, 40% intermediate, 30% advanced runs

24) Hanson Hills Recreation Area

7601 Old Lake Rd, Grayling, MI 49738

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About Hanson Hills Recreation Area
Hanson Hills Recreation Area Offers a variety of Outdoor, year-round recreational activities.

Winter Time Activities include: Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding, Cross Country Skiing, and TUBING!!
Summer Time Activities include: Mountain Biking/Hiking, and Softball Leagues. They also have two Disc Golf Courses.

Hanson Hills Recreation Area Ski Hill Stats
Equipment rentals are available.
Hanson Hills has night skiing.
125 skiable acres with 11 trails.

25) Silver Mountain, St. Ignace

U.S. 2 & Cheeseman Rd, St. Ignance, MI 49781

About Silver Mountain, St. Ignace
Community sledding area just west of St. Ignace off US-2 at Cheeseman Rd.

Silver Mountain, St. Ignace Ski Hill Stats
Snowboarding and skiing *may* be available depending on snow conditions.
3 downhill runs for skiers and snowboarders
Perfect for beginners
No rentals available
Warming shack and snack bar

26) Mt. Zion Rec Complex

E4946 Jackson Road, Ironwood, MI 49938

About Mt. Zion Rec Complex
The Mt. Zion Recreational Complex is located on the campus of Gogebic Community College in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The ski hill operates as an on-campus laboratory for GCC’s Ski Area Management Program and offers downhill, cross-country, snowboard, and snowtubing to visitors. Rental equipment is available. Lessons and learning programs available, too.

Mt. Zion Rec Complex Ski Hill Stats
20 acres of skiable terrain with 9 total trails.
300' vertical.
The longest run is 0.75 miles.
2 chairlifts.
25% easy, 50% intermediate, 25% difficult runs.
Average snowfall: 200 inches.
Includes a terrain park with a halfpipe.

27) Marquette Mountain Resort

4501 M-553, Marquette, MI 49855

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About Marquette Mountain Resort
Where you'll find 170 skiable acres of the Upper Peninsula's finest snow just 5 minutes from lively downtown Marquette.

Marquette Mountain Resort Ski Hill Stats
169 acres of slopes
600 ft vertical drop
25 trails
15% easy, 50% difficult, 35% very difficult
3 chair lifts, 1 surface lift
LED lighting throughout the mountain for night skiing
Rentals available

28) Crystella Ski Hill

Ski Hill Road, Crystal Falls, MI 49920

About Crystella Ski Hill
Community ski hill in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Crystella Ski Hill Ski Hill Stats
Winter in Iron County is incomparable! Snap on your boots and take to the slopes. Your pulse quickens as the chairlift scoops you up and begins your ascent to the top.

Open Fri nights, Saturdays, and Sunday afternoons

29) Big Valley Ski and Tube

14432 County Road 428, Newberry, MI 49868

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About Big Valley Ski and Tube
A ski and tubing destination operated by Luce County Parks in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Ice skating rink.
Open Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Check Facebook for updated conditions and open/closed status.

Big Valley Ski and Tube Ski Hill Stats
Daily: $5.00
Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Tubes
Tube Run (2 lanes)
Lighting (Stay tuned for new and special events)

30) John & Melissa Besse Sports Park

900 North Bluff Drive, Gladstone, MI 49837

About John & Melissa Besse Sports Park
The Gladstone City Ski Hill is located off of M-35 on North Bluff Drive in the John & Melissa Besse Sports Park. Offering beginner and intermediate skiing, the hill also has three (3) tube runs, with a lift, and a snowboard terrain park with a 1/2 pipe. The Ski Chalet includes a concession stand that is also rented out in the off season (April through October) for wedding receptions, graduation parties, family reunions and other community events.

John & Melissa Besse Sports Park Ski Hill Stats
3 rope tows
1 wire rope tow
Beginner to Intermediate ski area
Concession Stand
Snowmaking with power tilled grooming

31) Mt. Brighton

4141 Bauer Rd, Brighton, MI 48116

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About Mt. Brighton
Since 1960, Mt. Brighton Ski Area in Southeast Michigan has been an uplifting family winter destination on the Midwest snow sports scene. Skiers and riders from Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Northwest Ohio can easily access 25 trails and five lifts covering 130 acres.

Mt. Brighton Ski Hill Stats
130 acres terrain, 230 ft vertical rise, 24 trails, 5 chair lifts, 7 surface lifts,

30% beginner, 40% intermediate, 30% advanced/expert

100% snowmaking

Rentals available

32) Mont Ripley

49051 Ski Hill Rd., Hancock, MI 49930

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About Mont Ripley
Mont Ripley welcomes all snow enthusiasts. The ski area is owned by Michigan Technological University and sits in the middle of Houghton and Hancock.

Mont Ripley Ski Hill Stats
24 Trails
440' Vertical Drop
112 Acres of Skiable Terrain
100% Night Skiing and Snowmaking
Six Different Glade Runs
Three Lifts
Powder Bowls, Beginner Hills to Expert Runs, Cruisers to Bumps, Racers to Glades
Terrain Parks with Jumps and Slides


Rentals available

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The Great Fireplace at Caberfae Ski Resort in Michigan

Ski Resorts with the Best Family Deals

Many ski resorts offer deals for kids or families. Here’s what we’ve found.


Shanty Creek Resort

5780 Shanty Creek Rd, Bellaire, MI 49615

Shanty Creek is one of the few ski resorts that offers day care in case you parents want a chance to zip down the hills by yourselves for a few hours, or keep the little ones busy while you challenge the older ones to the moguls.

On Super Sundays you can get a lift ticket, equipment rental and an optional station-by-station lesson for only $39. Or you could take a day off work to sneak up for their Wednesday night deal when lift tickets are just $15.  

Timber Ridge

07500 23 ½ Street, Gobles, MI 49055

Located near Kalamazoo, Timber Ridge Ski Area offers skiing, snowboarding & tubing. There are private and group lessons available and special programs for kids. 

The Timber Tykes program is a great way to introduce your kids to skiing or snowboarding in four weekly lessons for $120.

Timber Wolves is available each weekend for kids 5 – 12 (skiing) or 7 – 12 (snowboarding). It includes lessons, lifts and a lunch for $70 or $75 with equipment rentals. Registration for Timber Tykes and Timber Wolves is required beforehand. 

The Saturday Kids Ski program begins in January for kids age 7 and up and offers an introductory evening lesson for $45 (includes lift, lesson and equipment). There’s also the Junior Development team for kids 5 to 14 to learn racing and technical skills. 

Mt. Holiday

3100 Holiday Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686

It’s located on the east side of Traverse City, making it ideal if your family wants a winter getaway that includes the activities of TC, or access to a very chilly Lake Michigan. 

Kids four and under and seniors over 70 can ski for free.

Caberfae Peaks

1 Caberfae Lane, Cadillac, MI 49601

Caberfae Peaks has an awesome mid-week accommodation deal for families. For $69 per adult and $10 per child, you get a stay at their hotel during weekdays (which includes a fire pit and heated pool) and lift tickets for the family! 

Family Fun-Day Sunday offers lift ticket, equipment and an afternoon lesson (3pm to close) for a family of three for $59. Make sure you print the coupon from their website first! 

The Cabby Kids program is a full-day of fun for kids – and a full day alone for mom and dad! This learn-to-ski and snowboard program includes lift tickets, equipment (helmet, too!), snacks, lunch and hot chocolate. 

If you’re serious enough about getting your little one into skiing or snowboarding to splurge on purchasing equipment, Caberfae offers a complimentary season pass for anyone age 12 and under who are part of the buy-back equipment program run through Bill and Paul’s Sporthaus in Grand Rapids. Make sure to bring your equipment voucher to the ski window when you get to Caberfae!


6800 Cannonsburg Rd. Belmont, MI 49306

Cannonsburg offers the Mountain Minnies program for young girls (ages 3-5) that aims to get them outside and having fun – all while building friendships!

Each session is $25 and offers a unique theme, like fairy tales, science or sports. Register ahead of time.

There’s also the weekend Cannonsburg Kids program where kids 6 to 12 of all ski or snowboarding levels can up their mad dog skills, including terrain park and racing tips. Cost is $75 per day or 3 sessions for $200. Register at Cannonsburg in the Bear Creek Room.

Kids’ lessons are also available starting at $40 for group lessons for ages 8 and up. 

Where to Get Ski Gear in West Michigan

Skiing with kids can get expensive, as they are constantly outgrowing their gear. Here’s where you can trade in gear or score other deals on skiing equipment around Michigan.

Kids Trade Up Program – Bill and Paul’s Sporthaus

1200 E Paris Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Trade up last season’s gear for a percentage of its original purchase price. Score slope passes for participating.

Rentals also available to all ages.

Scott’s Skis and Snowboards

100 Old M-21, Georgetown Twp, MI 49428

Buy, sell, trade, wax or repair downhill equipment.

Find updated, quality, new and used ski and snowboard equipment at affordable prices with services including fittings, waxing, sharpening, repairs and trade-ins.

Junior Has a Fit – Boyne Country Sports

Multiple locations across Michigan.

Purchase a gear package and exchange it for credit the following season for new equipment.

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1 thought on “Skiing in Michigan: 32 Best Ski Hills & Ski Resorts in Michigan, Plus Pro Tips for Beginners & a Ski Trip Packing List”

  1. Hey Melody – Any great family deals for skiing you’re finding this yr? (Like the Sun eve deal Cannomsburg has done previously)

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