Best Skiing and Snowboarding in, around Southeast Michigan

Spend some quality family time on the slopes this season at some of Michigan's greatest ski resorts and winter getaways in 2014-15

Best Skiing and Snowboarding in, around Southeast Michigan

We may not be known for our mountains, but any Michigander will tell you that the local ski resorts are some of the best places to be come wintertime. To prove that point, Metro Parent has compiled a list of some the top places in Michigan to hit the slopes, along with some helpful information like lift ticket and ski/snowboard rental prices, as well as other information you’ll need before planning a trip. Also be sure to check out resort websites, which sometimes offer partial season passes and other discounts.

Alpine Valley

Address: 6775 E. Highland Road, White Lake

Phone: 248-887-4183

2014-15 season: usually mid-December to mid-March

2014-15 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $34
  • Sunday-Thursday evening 3-10 p.m. $35
  • Sunday-Thursday night 6-10 p.m. $34
  • Ski and snowboard rental $26
  • Weekends and holidays (day) 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $42
  • Weekends and holidays (all day and evening) 9 a.m.-11 p.m. $50
    Friday-Saturday evening 3-11 p.m. (holidays) $39
  • Ski and snowboard rental $26, helmet $10
  • See website for additional pricing information and late ski times and costs

With a new fleet of rental skis and expanded snowmaking capabilities, Alpine Valley is 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.

Apple Mountain

Address: 4519 N. River Road, Freeland, Michigan

Phone: 989-781-6789

2014-15 season: usually mid-December to mid-March

2014-15 hours and costs:

  • Sunday-Thursday (all day and evening) 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $35
  • Weekends and holidays (all day and evening) 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $35
  • Daily 4:30 p.m.-close $25
  • Daily 2 p.m.-close $30
  • Ski and snowboard rental 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $25; 4:30 p.m.-close $25
  • Ski and snowboard rental (full day) 10 a.m.-close $35

Conveniently located in the heart of the Midland, Bay City and Saginaw areas, this state-of-the-art facility is a great place to hit the slopes with the family. In addition to the many amenities Apple Mountain offers, like a ski lodge with a full-service snack bar and a skiers’ lounge, the park offers 12 different slopes to choose from that range from beginner to advanced.

Bittersweet Ski Resort

Address: 600 River Road, Otsego

Phone: 269-694-2032, ext. 23

2014-15 season: usually late-November to mid-March

2014-15 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $32
  • Saturday and holidays 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. $41
  • Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. $41
  • Sunday-Thursday (evenings) 5 p.m.-close $29
  • Friday (evenings) 5 p.m.-close $32
  • Saturday (evenings) 5 p.m.-close $32
  • Skis and snowboards $25 (skis are $23 evenings)

The folks at Bittersweet Ski Resort pride themselves on their snow-making ability. The resort just north of Kalamazoo has a quad chairlift to complement six other chairlifts and two 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: 231-549-6000

2014-15 season: usually November to April

2014-15 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $59 adults (ages 19-64), $54 teens (ages 13-18) and seniors (65-79), $46 juniors (ages 6-12), 5 and under; 80 and over free
  • Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and noon-9 p.m. $69 adults (ages 19-64), $58 teens (ages 13-18) and seniors (65-79), $50 juniors (ages 6-12), 5 and under; 80 and over free
  • Holidays 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and noon-9 p.m. $79 adults (19-64), $66 teens (ages 13-18) and seniors (65-79), $55 juniors (ages 6-12), 5 and under; 80 and over free
  • Wednesday-Friday (evenings) 4-9 p.m. $34 adults (ages 19-64), $29 teens (ages 13-18) and seniors (65-79), $24 juniors (ages 6-12), 5 and under; 80 and over free
  • Saturday (evenings) 4-9 p.m. $34 adults (ages 19-64), $29 teens (ages 13-18) and seniors (65-79), $24 juniors (ages 6-12), 5 and under; 80 and over free
  • Holidays (evenings) 4-9 p.m. $48 adults (ages 19-64), $43 teens (ages 13-18) and seniors (65-79), $40 juniors (ages 6-12), 5 and under; 80 and over free
  • Call for ski and snowboard rental information

Not only will you get access to 415 acres of beautifully groomed runs at Boyne Mountain Resort, but you can also have access to its sister resort, Boyne Highlands. Boyne recently added new rental equipment, better snow-making tools, an expanded spa and pool and remodeled lodge rooms.

Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf

Address: 1 Caberfae Lane, Cadillac, Michigan

Phone: 231-862-3000

2014-15 season: usually mid November to mid-March

2014-15 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-close $36 adults (18-69), $31 teens (13-17), $26 juniors (6-12), $18 seniors 70 and older, $5 children 8 and under
  • Monday-Friday (evening) 4 hours or 1 p.m.-close $31 adults (18-69), $26 teens (13-17), $24 juniors (6-12), $15.50 seniors 70 and older, $5 children 8 and under
  • Monday-Friday (night) 4 p.m.-close $26 adults (18-69), $24 teens (13-17), $21 juniors (6-12), $13 seniors 70 and older, $5 children 8 and under
  • Weekends 9 a.m.-close $46 adults (18-69), $41 teens (13-17), $36 juniors (6-12), $23 seniors 70 and older, $5 children 8 and under
  • Weekends (evening) 4 hours or 1 p.m.-close $41 adults (18-69), $36 teens (13-17), $31 juniors (6-12), $20.50 seniors 70 and older, $5 children 8 and under
  • Weekends (night) 4 p.m.-close $26 adults (18-69), $24 teens (13-17), $21 juniors (6-12), $13 seniors 70 and older, $5 children 8 and under
  • Skis and snowboards $34

With six chair lifts and more than 30 trails offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, there is fun for the whole family. And with new snow-making improvements and updated features like a renovated pool and hot tub area with heated concrete, as well as the addition of a poolside, wood-burning campfire pit for house guests, there are plenty of activities to pick.

Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area

Address: 6800 Cannonsburg Road, Belmont, Michigan

Phone: 616-874-6711

2014-15 season: usually late November to early March

2014-15 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-close $30 adults 11 and older, $22 juniors (ages 7-10), ages 6 and under free
  • Weekends and holidays 10 a.m.-close $37 adults (ages 11 and older), $27 juniors (ages 7-10), ages 6 and under free
  • Monday-Friday (day only) 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $22 adults (ages 11 and older)
  • Monday-Friday (evening) 4 p.m.-close $22 adults (ages 11 and older), $17 juniors (ages 7-10)
  • Weekends and holidays (evening) 4 p.m.-close $30 adults (ages 11 and older), $20 juniors (ages 7-10)
  • Ski and snowboard rental Monday-Friday $20
  • Ski and snowboard rental weekends and holidays $25, helmets $8

With new runs and lifts for beginners, this resort park offers the best possible environment for skiers and snowboarders who are just starting out. But don’t fret, snowy daredevils: The park also has one of the top three terrain parks in the Midwest, according to Transworld Snowboarding. The park, established in 1965, is approaching its 50th anniversary this year.

Crystal Mountain

Address: 12500 Crystal Mountain Drive, Thompsonville

Phone: 231-378-2000

2014-15 season: usually late November to April

2014-15 hours and costs:

  • “9-9″ ticket (daily) 9 a.m.-9 p.m. $52 adults (ages 18-plus), $46 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. $47 adults (ages 18-plus), $41 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. Additions to the 2014-15 season are two new slopes, Last Call and Jester’s Alley, increasing Crystal Mountains offerings to a whopping 50 slopes. After a day of fun, treat yourself to some time at the spa. Deals include multi-day ski passes and lodging, plus skiing and activity packages. Additional lift ticket discounts are available if you order online.

Hanson Hills Recreation Area

Address: 7601 Old Lake Road, Grayling

Phone: 989-348-9266

2014-15 season: usually late December to end of February

2014-15 hours and costs:

  • Friday 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $1 lift ticket; $9 ski/snowboard rental
  • Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $30 lift ticket; $20 ski/snowboard rental
  • Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $20 lift ticket; $20 ski/snowboard rental

Known as one of northern Michigan’s hidden gems, Hanson Hills offers great family atmosphere with reasonable prices for skiing and snowboarding. For even more savings, take advantage of Friday’s new discounted rate in 2015.

Hickory Hills Ski Area

Address: 2000 Randolph St., Traverse City

Phone: 231-947-8566

2014-15 season: usually mid December to mid-March

2014-15 hours and costs:

  • Saturday 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. $18 adults, $16 children (ages 12 and under), $13 seniors for residents; $21 adults, $19 children (ages 12 and under), $16 seniors for non-residents
  • Saturday (evening) 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m. $14 adults, $13 children (ages 12 and under), $13 seniors for residents; $17 adults, $16 children (ages 12 and under), $16 seniors for non-residents

This park offers eight runs: one for beginners, five intermediate and two advanced. In addition to the snow hills offered at Hickory Hills, cross-country skiers will find 4K of trails to explore, as well as a 1K trail for night skiing.

Kensington Metropark

Address: 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, Michigan

Phone: 810-227-8910

2014-15 season: Open during winter months only

2014-15 hours and costs:

  • Only open when there is snow on the ground
  • Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-dusk
  • Weekends 10 a.m.-dusk

For beginners with their own snowboarding equipment looking for a place to practice, Kensington Metropark’s Orchard Picnic Area is a great place to start. There is no fee to use the hill, except for the cost of entry into the park (it’s $7 for a daily vehicle pass); does not offer rentals.

Mount Brighton Ski Resort

Address: 4141 Bauer Road, Brighton

Phone: 810-229-9581, ext. 212

2014-15 season: usually late-November to mid-March

2014-15 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $37
  • Monday-Friday 3:30-10 p.m. $37
  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $47
  • Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $44, 1-5 p.m. $39, 3 p.m.-close $44, 9 a.m.-close $50
  • Ski or snowboard rental $28
  • See website for additional pricing information and late ski times and costs

With plenty of improvements made to Mount Brighton for the 2014-15 season – including an expanded children’s area, a new terrain park layout and new programs like the Women’s Ski Academy – there is plenty to look forward to at this great resort, which boasts 130 skiable acres with 26 trails to explore.

Mount Holly

Address: 13536 S. Dixie Highway, Holly

Phone: 800-582-7256

2014-15 season: usually late-November to mid-March

2014-15 hours and 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 (evenings) 3-10 p.m. $34
  • Friday, Saturday and holidays (evenings) 3-11 p.m. $42
  • Monday-Thursday (all day) $47
  • Friday-Sunday and holidays $55
  • Skis and snowboards $27

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.

Mt. Holiday Ski Area

Address: 3100 Holiday Road, Traverse City

Phone: 231-938-2500

2014-15 season: usually late-November to late-March

2014-15 hours and costs:

  • Tuesday-Thursday 4 p.m.-8 p.m. $20 adults (ages 11 and older), $18 juniors (ages 5-10), free for seniors (ages 65 and older) and children (ages 0-4)
  • Friday 4 p.m.-9 p.m. $20 adults (ages 11 and older), $18 juniors (ages 5-10), free for seniors (ages 65 and older) and children (ages 0-4)
  • Saturday and holidays 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $32 adults (ages 11 and older), $26 juniors (ages 5-10), free for seniors (ages 65 and older) and children (ages 0-4)
  • Saturdays and holidays (evening) 4 p.m.-9 p.m. $20 adults (ages 11 and older), $18 juniors (ages 5-10), free for seniors (ages 65 and older) and children (ages 0-4)
  • Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $26 adults (ages 11 and older), $21 juniors (ages 5-10), free for seniors (ages 65 and older) and children (ages 0-4)
  • Holiday and weekend prices vary, rental equipment packages available, check website for more info

Operating since 1949, this ski area is a great place to hit the slopes up north. With a range of runs offered for all skill levels, two chair lifts and four tow lifts, there are plenty of options to have fun in the snow this season. Also be sure to check out the Mt. Holiday lodge, which has a full-operating restaurant inside.

Nub’s Nob Ski Area

Address: 500 Nub’s Nob Road, Harbor Springs

Phone: 231-526-2131

2014-15 season: usually late-November to early April

2014-15 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 pm. $56 adults (ages 20-64), $51 teens (ages 13-19) and seniors (ages 65-69), $45 children (ages 9-12), free for children (ages 8 and under) and seniors (ages 70 and older)
  • Weekends 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $67 adults (ages 20-64), $57 teens (ages 13-19) and seniors (ages 65-69), $50 children (ages 9-12), free for children (ages 8 and under) and seniors (ages 70 and older)
  • Holidays 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $76 adults (ages 20-64), $66 teens (ages 13-19) and seniors (ages 65-69), $56 children (ages 9-12), free for children (ages 8 and under) and seniors (ages 70 and older)
  • Monday-Friday (half day) 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. $46 adults (ages 20-64), $41 teens (ages 13-19) and seniors (ages 65-69), $37 children (ages 9-12), free for children (ages 8 and under) and seniors (ages 70 and older)
  • Weekends (half day) 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. $59 adults (ages 20-64), $51 teens (ages 13-19) and seniors (ages 65-69), $47 children (ages 9-12), free for children (ages 8 and under) and seniors (ages 70 and older)
  • Holidays (half day) 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. $66 adults (ages 20-64), $56 teens (ages 13-19) and seniors (ages 65-69), $50 children (ages 9-12), free for children (ages 8 and under) and seniors (ages 70 and older)
  • Ski and snowboard rental $42

Nub’s Nob is known for its variety. With over 50 different runs at all skill levels covering 248 acres of pristine snow, three award-winning terrain parks, nine chair lifts and 58 lodges to choose from, you and your family will not be bored. Nub’s Nob was rated as the No. 1 ski park in a Petoskey News Review reader survey.

Pando Winter Sports Park

Address: 8076 Belding Road, Rockford, Michigan

Phone: 616-874-8343

2014-15 season: usually late-November to mid-March

2014-15 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m. $14 adults (ages 11 and older), $12 juniors (ages 6-12), free ages 5 and under with paid adult
  • Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $22 adults (ages 11 and older), $19 juniors (ages 6-12), free ages 5 and under with paid adult
  • Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $22 adults (ages 11 and older), $19 juniors (ages 6-12), free ages 5 and under with paid adult
  • Ski rental $18; snowboard rental $20

Pando is a great destination for all forms of winter fun. From the typical skiing and snowboard runs scattered throughout the park to the less-typical snow tubing hill, there are plenty of activities. But don’t expect to see any chairlifts; it’s a tow rope-only resort with six different tow ropes maintaining the parks eight-plus runs.

Pine Knob Ski & Snowboard Resort

Address: 7778 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston

Phone: 248-625-0800

2014-15 season: usually December to March

2014-15 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: 5780 Shanty Creek Road, Bellaire

Phone: 231-533-8621

2014-15 season: usually November to early April

2014-15 hours and costs:

  • Superticket, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-close $40 (ages 9-12), $44 (ages 13-17) and seniors (ages 62-29), $48 (ages 18-61), kids 8 and under $5
  • Day ticket, Monday and Wednesday-Friday (non-holiday) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $35 (ages 9-12), $40 (ages 13-17) and seniors (ages 62-69), $42 (ages 18-61), kids 8 and under $5
  • Superticket, Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-close $52 (ages 9-12), $54 (ages 13-17) and seniors (ages 62-29), $64 (ages 18-61), kids 8 and under $5
  • Day ticket, Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $48 (ages 9-12), $50 (ages 13-17) and seniors (ages 62-29), $60 (ages 18-61), kids 8 and under $5
  • Night only, Saturday-Sunday 5 p.m.-close $25 (ages 9-12), $25 (ages 13-17) and seniors (ages 62-69), $35 (ages 18-61), kids 8 and under $5
  • Superticket, holidays 9 a.m.-close $56 (ages 9-12), $60 (ages 13-17) and seniors (ages 62-69), $70 (ages 18-61), kids 8 and under $5
  • Day ticket, holidays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $54 (ages 9-12), $58 (ages 13-17) and seniors (ages 62-69), $68 (ages 18-61), kids 8 and under $5
  • Night only, holidays 5 p.m.-close $25 (ages 9-12), $30 (ages 13-17) and seniors (ages 62-69), $40 (ages 18-61), 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.

Snow Snake Ski & Golf

Address: 3407 E. Mannsiding Road, Harrison

Phone: 989-539-6583

2014-15 season: usually November to mid-March

2014-15 hours and costs:

  • Daily hours vary, see website for details
  • Day pass 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $27
  • Night pass 4 p.m.-close $22
  • Ski and snowboard rentals also available; see website for pricing

There are many fun features to enjoy at Snow Snake, from the easy, intermediate and difficult ski and snowboard runs and hills dedicated to snow tubing to an all-new feature in 2015: the Magic Carpet. Whether you want to hit the lodge to relax and have a snack, or test out the hills at this popular resort, there are plenty of great activities to choose from.

Swiss Valley

Address: 13421 Mann St., Jones

Phone: 269-244-5635

2014-15 season: usually late-December to mid-March

2014-15 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $30 (ages 13-plus), $25 junior (ages 6-12)
  • Monday-Friday (part-day) 4-10 p.m. $25 (ages 13-plus), $21 junior (ages 6-12)
  • Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m. $39 (ages 13-plus), $30 junior (ages 6-12)
  • Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. $37 (ages 13-plus), $30 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 2014-15 season!

Treetops Resort

Address: 3962 Wilkinson Road, Gaylord

Phone: 866-348-5249

2014-15 season: usually November to early April

2014-15 hours and costs:

  • Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. lift prices vary
  • Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. lift prices vary
  • Ski and snowboard rentals $45
  • See website for holiday and rental pricing information

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.

Comments
  • As an owner of a local Mom and Pop skate and snowboard shop, People Skate and Snowboard, our family loves Boyne Mountain and Crystal Mountain. Both are super kid friendly. Boyne Mountain has Happy’s Taco truck stake out all afternoon! Yum! Check out our rider owned shop in Keego Harbor or online at http://www.peopleskateandsnowboard.com

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  • Unfortunate that Boyne Highlands was not included in the listing as they were rated #1 in customer service/friendliness. They are very family oriented, have great day care facilities, ski/snowboard lessons, tubing, dog sledding, zip-lining, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, etc. for children of all ages. For the adults that want to spend some quality time together, they offer a covered-sled ride to the top of the hill for a nice dinner (Aonach Mor) with same-time alternatives for kids. Themed weekend events are great and non-denominational christian church services are also offered on Sunday (top of hill, great view of Little Traverse Bay). See http://www.boyne.com/boynehighlands for more info.

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