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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

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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.

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