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Best Skiing and Snowboarding in, around Southeast Michigan

For your next family winter getaway, spend a day (or more) conquering the snow-covered mountains at great ski resorts in metro Detroit and beyond in 2013-14

Ask any Michigander and they'll agree: Hitting the slopes is one of the region's favorite winter pastimes. We've compiled this list of ski resorts that are of great quality and close to home. Metro Parent has included the prices for lift tickets, ski rentals and other information you'll need before you go. Be sure to check the websites which sometimes offer partial season passes and other discounts.

You may not have to wait long to make one of these trips, as many of these resorts have their own snow-making machines when temperatures dip low enough!

Alpine Valley

Address: 6775 E. Highland Road, White Lake
Phone: 248-887-4183

2013-2014 season: usually mid-December to mid-March
2013-2014 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $32
  • Sunday-Thursday evening 3-10 p.m. $33
  • Sunday-Thursday night 6-10 p.m. $32
  • Ski and snowboard rental $25
  • Weekends and holidays (day) 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $40
  • Weekends and holidays (all day and evening) 9 a.m.-11 p.m. $50
  • Friday-Saturday evening 3-11 p.m. (holidays) $37
  • Ski and snowboard rental $25, helmet $9

See website for additional pricing information and late ski times and costs

Alpine Valley has a brand new fleet of rental skis and has expanded its snowmaking capabilities, making it an ideal choice for your next ski trip. Snowboarders will love the half-pipe, and skiers can have fun all day on 25 tree-lined slopes at this southeast Michigan park. There are nine chair lifts and four rope tows to help you make your way to the top of the slopes.

Bittersweet Ski Resort

Address: 600 River Road, Otsego
Phone: 269-694-2032, ext. 23

2013-2014 season: usually late-November to mid-March
2013-2014 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $32
  • Saturday and holidays 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. $40
  • Sunday 9 a.m.-10 p.m. $40
  • Sunday-Thursday (evenings) 5 p.m.-close $29
  • Friday (evenings) 5 p.m.-close $32
  • Saturday (evenings) 5 p.m.-close $31
  • Skis and snowboards $25 (skis are $23 evenings)

The folks at Bittersweet Ski Resort pride themselves on their snowmaking ability. The resort just north of Kalamazoo has a quad chairlift to complement six other chairlifts and six rope tows to get you on their snow-covered slopes. For kids ages 6 years and under, rates are 50 percent off! Stay at one of the many local hotels and inns and make a weekend out of your trip.

Boyne Mountain

Address: 1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls
Phone: 800-462-6963

2013-2014 season: usually November to April
2013-2014 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $56 adults (ages 19-54), $51 teens (ages 13-18), $44 juniors (ages 6-12), 5 and under free
  • Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and noon-9 p.m. $66 adults (ages 19-54), $55 teens (ages 13-18), $48 juniors (ages 6-12), 5 and under free
  • Holidays 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and noon-9 p.m. $74 adults (19-54), $62 teens (ages 13-18) $52 juniors (ages 6-12), 5 and under free
  • Wednesday-Friday (evenings) 4-9 p.m. $32 adults (ages 19-54), $28 teens (ages 13-18), $23 juniors (ages 6-12), 5 and under free
  • Saturday (evenings) 4-9 p.m. $32 adults (ages 19-54), $28 teens (ages 13-18), $23 juniors (ages 6-12), 5 and under free
  • Holidays (evenings) 4-9 p.m. $45 adults (ages 19-54), $40 teens (ages 13-18), $37 juniors (ages 6-12), 5 and under free

Call for ski and snowboard rental information

Between the two ski areas, you can fly through 115 runs and 850 skiable acres. Boyne is celebrating its 50th season by adding new rental equipment, better snowmaking tools, an expanded spa and pool, and remodeled lodge rooms. Tickets at Boyne Mountain are also good at its sister ski area, Boyne Highlands.

Crystal Mountain

Address: 12500 Crystal Mountain Drive, Thompsonville
Phone: 231-378-2000

2013-2014 season: usually late November to April
2013-2014 hours and costs:

  • "9-9" ticket (daily) 9 a.m.-9 p.m. $50 adults (ages 18-plus), $45 teen (ages 13-17), $40 junior (ages 7-12) and seniors (ages 65-79), 6 and under free
  • Day ticket (daily) 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or 1-9 p.m. $45 adults (ages 18-plus), $40 teen (13-17), $35 junior (ages 7-12) and seniors (ages 65-79), 6 and under free
  • Night ticket (daily) 5-9 p.m. $29 adults (ages 18-plus), $25 teen (ages 13-17), $20 junior (7-12) and seniors (ages 65-79), 6 and under free

Holiday and weekend prices vary, rental equipment packages available, check website for more info

One of the region's top-tier resorts includes scenic slopes, comfy lodging and delicious restaurants. New additions to the 2013-14 season are three new hills and a four-person chairlift on Buck slope. After a day of fun, treat yourself to some time at their spa. Deals include multi-day ski passes and lodging, plus skiing and activity packages. Additional lift ticket discounts are available if you order online.

Mount Brighton Ski Resort

Address: 4141 Bauer Road, Brighton
Phone: 810-229-9581, ext. 212

2013-2014 season: usually late-November to mid-March
2013-2014 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $33
  • Monday-Friday 3:30-10 p.m. $33
  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $43
  • Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $40, 1-5 p.m. $35, 3 p.m.-close $40, 9 a.m.-close $50
  • Ski or snowboard rental $28

See website for additional pricing information and late ski times and costs

The 2013-14 season will showcase $10 million in improvements to Mount Brighton, including new chairlifts, a new children's ski area, complete redesign of base area facilities and much more. You'll still find 130 skiable acres with 26 trails to explore. If you're looking for a nighttime thrill, try hitting the slopes after dark, with some slopes staying open until 2 a.m. on Saturdays. Kids may want to try the new EpicMix, an interactive feature that tracks your accomplishments on the slopes with digital leader boards and progress tracking.

Mount Holly

Address: 13536 S. Dixie Highway, Holly
Phone: 800-582-7256

2013-2014 season: usually late-November to mid-March
2013-2014 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $33
  • Saturday-Sunday and holidays 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $41
  • Sunday-Thursday (evenings) 3-10 p.m. $33
  • Friday, Saturday and holidays (evenings) 3-11 p.m. $41
  • Monday-Thursday (all day) $46
  • Friday-Sunday and holidays $54
  • Skis and snowboards $26

This expertly maintained ski hill has nine black-diamond trails and world-class instructors teach you the tips and tricks of the slopes. There are seven lifts and five rope tows to get you to the slope for your skill level. Take a break and warm up next to the fire in the Bavarian lodge before you head back out for more downhill fun.

Pine Knob Ski & Snowboard Resort

Address: 7778 Pine Knob, Clarkston
Phone: 248-625-0800

2013-2014 season: usually December to March
2013-2014 hours and lift ticket costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $34
  • Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $42
  • Sunday-Thursday (evening) 3-10 p.m. $34
  • Friday, Saturday and holidays (evening) 3-11 p.m. $42

See website for holiday and rental pricing information

Just a quick drive up I-75, Pine Knob is a regional favorite. Because it's close, you'll have the whole day to ski the 17 runs, with six chairlifts and four rope tows to get you to the top! Everyone will find a slope to meet their skill level. All-day weekend passes are available. Snowboarders in your family will want to test their skills on the rails and jumps at Big Park.

Shanty Creek Resorts

Address: 5820 Shanty Creek Road, Bellaire
Phone: 231-533-8621

2013-2014 season: usually November to early April
2013-2014 hours and costs:

  • Superticket, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-close $40 (ages 9-12), $42 (ages 13-17), $45 (ages 18-61), $42 (ages 62-69), kids 8 and under $5
  • Day ticket, Monday and Wednesday-Friday (non-holiday) 9 a.m.-close $35 (ages 9-12), $37 (ages 13-17), $39 (ages 18-61), $37 (ages 62-69), kids 8 and under $5
  • Superticket, Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-close $50 (ages 9-12), $52 (ages 13-17), $62 (ages 18-61), $52 (ages 62-69), kids 8 and under $5
  • Day ticket, Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $45 (ages 9-12), $49 (ages 13-17), $59 (ages 18-61), $49 (ages 62-69), kids 8 and under $5
  • Night only, Saturday-Sunday 5 p.m.-close $25 (ages 9-12), $25 (ages 13-17), $35 (ages 18-61), $25 (ages 62-69), kids 8 and under $5
  • Superticket, holidays 9 a.m.-close $55 (ages 9-12), $59 (ages 13-17), $69 (ages 18-61), $59 (ages 62-69), kids 8 and under $5
  • Day ticket, holidays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $52 (ages 9-12), $57 (ages 13-17), $67 (ages 18-61), $57 (ages 62-69), kids 8 and under $5
  • Night only, holidays 5 p.m.-close $25 (ages 9-12), $30 (ages 13-17), $40 (ages 18-61), $30 (ages 62-69), kids 8 and under $5

Ski and snowboard rentals also available; see website for pricing

Shanty Creek has two enormous mountains with over 50 runs, so skiers and snowboarders of all experience levels can find the right slopes to suit their fancy. For a more relaxed time, enjoy cross-country skiing – while thrill-seekers can try extreme tubing down a special slope of the mountain.

Swiss Valley

Address: 13421 Mann St., Jones
Phone: 269-244-5635

2013-2014 season: usually late-December to mid-March
2013-2014 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $30 (ages 13-plus), $24 junior (ages 6-12)
  • Monday-Friday (part-day) 4-10 p.m. $24 (ages 13-plus), $20 junior (ages 6-12)
  • Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m. $38 (ages 13-plus), $29 junior (ages 6-12)
  • Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. $36 (ages 13-plus), $28 junior (ages 6-12)
  • Ages 5 and under are free

See website for holiday and rental pricing information

Starting back in 1960 under the name Little Switzerland, this resort is a great place to learn how to ski. Strap up your boots, click into some skis and sign up for one of their lessons. If you're up for some friendly competition on the slopes, sign up for one of the many races during the 2013-14 season!

Treetops Resort

Address: 3962 Wilkinson Road, Gaylord
Phone: 888-873-3867

2013-2014 season: usually November to late-March
2013-2014 hours and costs:

  • Fridays and Sundays (non-holiday) 10 a.m.-close $39 adults (ages 18-plus), $35 teens (ages 13-17), $30 juniors (ages 9-12)
  • Saturdays (non-holiday) 10 a.m.-close $49 adults (ages 18-plus), $45 teens (ages 13-17), $39 juniors (ages 9-12)
  • All day and evenings 10 a.m.-close, Monday-Thursday (non-holiday) $29 adults (ages 18-plus), $29 teens (ages 13-17), $25 juniors (ages 9-12)
  • Nights 4 p.m.-close Monday-Thursday $19 adults (ages 18-plus), $19 teens (ages 13-17), $15 juniors (ages 9-12)
  • All day and evenings, 10 a.m.-close (holidays) $55 adults (ages 18-plus), $49 teens (ages 13-17), $45 juniors (ages 9-12)
  • Night, 4 p.m.-close (holidays) $39 adults (ages 18-plus), $35 teens (ages 13-17), $30 juniors (ages 9-12)

Treetops Resort in northern Michigan offers families hours of skiing opportunities and much more. After you've explored a few of the 25 downhill runs, you can try out a few other winter sports including extreme tubing and scenic cross-country skiing.

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