One of the best parts about living in Michigan is the time we get to spend enjoying winter. Various ski resorts scattered throughout the mitten make winter bearable for those who dislike it, and provide a sense of purpose for those of us who take delight in the snowy season. We Michiganders have the good fortune of choosing from many ski resorts, many of which have more to offer than you might expect!
Nubs Nob – This Harbor Springs ski resort first opened for snow enthusiasts in 1958, where a weekend lift ticket could be purchased for a mere $5! Currently, a lift ticket for adults on a Saturday or Sunday is $63. Nubs offers three different terrain parks; the Main Line Park, the Jib Yard, and the Purple Park.
These parks offer sections that vary in difficulty, so all skill levels are welcome to try these areas out. At the top of Pintail Peak sits a warming hut that offers beautiful views of Little Traverse Bay, soups and sandwiches.
Alpine Valley Ski Area -For those living in Southern Michigan and are hoping to find an excellent place to ski, you’re in luck! White Lake’s own ski resort is packed with 25 slopes, 9 chairlifts, 4 tow ropes, and a magic carpet. It’s a great place to go for all skill levels, and lift tickets run about $50 on Saturdays and Sundays. Lessons are available for all ages, and these can be taken with a group or individually. Their website offers some fantastic videos of the terrain park for everyone to scope out in anticipation of a great, snow-filled weekend.
Crystal Mountain – Thompsonville is home to this one of a kind ski resort. A lift ticket on a weekend at this resort will generally be $55. Not only can you downhill ski and snowboard here, but other activities include ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, horse-drawn surrey rides, fat tire snow biking, and paintballing. Summer activities include the alpine slide, a beautiful golf course, and awesome events like the Beer and Brat Festival. The Crystal Spa is available year round for some extreme relaxation and pampering.
Mount Bohemia – All the way in our Upper Peninsula is a fantastic place that is comparable to skiing out west. This mountain is so extreme that it is not recommended for beginners to even attempt any of the runs. Unlike many of Michigan’s other ski resorts, Mount Bohemia does not groom their snow, leaving so much fresh powder for snow enthusiasts. Keweenaw Peninsula’s average snowfall is 273 inches per year and you can ski their 85 runs for $54. And of course, the North Pole Bar and Restaurant has a variety of Keweenaw beers on draft.
There are so many awesome places to ski in Michigan, it’s impossible to fit them all into one feature. Everyone at the Awesome Mitten would love to hear which are your favorites, and why!
Jennifer Hamilton, Feature Writer