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 2015-16.

Best Skiing and Snowboarding in, around Southeast Michigan

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!

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Alpine Valley

Address: 6775 E. Highland Road, White Lake
Phone: 248-887-2180
2015-2016 season: usually mid-December to mid-March
2015-2016 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $35
  • Sunday-Thursday evening 3-10 p.m. $36
  • Sunday-Thursday night 6-10 p.m. $35
  • Ski and snowboard rental $27
  • 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) $40
  • Ski and snowboard rental $27, helmet $10
  • See website for additional pricing information and late ski times and costs

Alpine Valley has a fleet of rental skis and prime 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 10 chair lifts and seven 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
2015-2016 season: usually late-November to mid-March
2015-2016 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $34
  • Saturday and holidays 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. $43
  • Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. $43
  • Sunday-Thursday (evenings) 5 p.m.-close $31
  • Friday-Saturday (evenings) 5 p.m.-close $32
  • Skis and snowboards $26 (skis are $24 evenings)
  • Helmets $10

The folks at Bittersweet Ski Resort pride themselves on their snowmaking ability. The resort, located 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 and three terrain parks that accommodate every skill level. 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: 855-688-7024
2015-2016 season: usually November to April
2015-2016 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $61/adults (ages 19-54), $56/teens (ages 13-18), $47/juniors (ages 6-12), free/age 5 and under
  • Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and noon-9 p.m. $71/adults (ages 19-54), $60/teens (ages 13-18), $52/juniors (ages 6-12), free/age 5 and under
  • Holidays 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and noon-9 p.m. $81/adults (19-54), $68/teens (ages 13-18) $57/juniors (ages 6-12), free/age 5 and under
  • Wednesday-Friday (evenings) 4-9 p.m. $35/adults (ages 19-54), $30/teens (ages 13-18), $25/juniors (ages 6-12), free/age 5 and under
  • Saturday (evenings) 4-9 p.m. $35/adults (ages 19-54), $30/teens (ages 13-18), $25/juniors (ages 6-12), free/age 5 and under
  • Holidays (evenings) 4-9 p.m. $49/adults (ages 19-54), $44/teens (ages 13-18), $41/juniors (ages 6-12), free/age 5 and under
  • Call for ski and snowboard rental information

Between the two ski areas, you can fly through 115 runs and 850 skiable acres. Seven terrain parks let visitors practice their techniques, and head to the spa and heated swimming pool to thaw after an action-packed day on the slopes. Tickets at Boyne Mountain are also good at its sister ski area, Boyne Highlands.

Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf

Address: 1 Caberfae Lane, Cadillac
Phone: 231-862-3000
2015-16 season: usually mid-November to mid-March
2015-16 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-close $37/adults (18-69), $32/teens (13-17), $27/juniors (6-12), $5/8 and under
  • Monday-Friday (evening) 4 hours or 1 p.m.-close $32/adults (18-69), $27/teens (13-17), $24/juniors (6-12), $5/8 and under
  • Monday-Friday (night) 4 p.m.-close $26/adults (18-69), $24/teens (13-17), $21/juniors (6-12), $5/8 and under
  • Weekends 9 a.m.-close $47/adults (18-69), $42/teens (13-17), $37/juniors (6-12), $5/8 and under
  • Weekends (evening) 4 hours or 1 p.m.-close $42/adults (18-69), $37/teens (13-17), $32/juniors (6-12), $5/8 and under
  • Weekends (night) 4 p.m.-close $27/adults (18-69), $24/teens (13-17), $21/juniors (6-12), $5/8 and under
  • Ski, snowboard, snowblade and helmet rentals available; check online for rates

With six chair lifts and more than 30 trails offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, there is fun for the whole family. With 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 houseguests, there are plenty of activities to pick. Nine new snowmaking towers will assure the peaks never lose their winter wonderland appeal this 2015-16 season.

Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area

Address: 6800 Cannonsburg Road, Belmont
Phone: 616-874-6711
2015-16 season: usually late November to early March
2015-16 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-close $30/adults 11 and older, $22/juniors (ages 7-10), free/6 and under
  • Weekends and holidays 10 a.m.-close $37/adults (ages 11 and older), $27/juniors (ages 7-10), free/6 and under
  • 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 weekends and holidays $25, weekdays $20; helmets $8

With runs and lifts geared toward 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.

Crystal Mountain

Address: 12500 Crystal Mountain Drive, Thompsonville
Phone: 855-995-5146
2015-2016 season: usually early December to early April
2015-2016 hours and costs:

  • “Open-to-Close” ticket (daily) 9 a.m.-9 p.m. $52-$72/adults (ages 18-60), $37-$60/teen (ages 13-17), $35-$49/junior (ages 7-12) and seniors (ages 61-79), free/age 6 and under
  • Day ticket (daily) 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or 1-9 p.m. $47-$67/adults (ages 18-60), $34-$57/teen (13-17), $35-$49/junior (ages 7-12) and seniors (ages 61-79), free/age 6 and under
  • Night ticket (daily) 5-9 p.m. $27-$37/adults (ages 18-60), $25-$30/teen (ages 13-17), $20-$25/junior (7-12) and seniors (ages 61-79), free/age 6 and under
  • 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. 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.

Hanson Hills Recreation Area

Address: 7601 Old Lake Road, Grayling
Phone: 989-348-9266
2015-16 season: usually mid-December to mid-March
2015-16 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (December only) $30/all day ticket, $20/half day ticket
  • Friday 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $1 lift ticket; $9 ski/snowboard rental
  • Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $30/all day ticket, $20/half
  • Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $20/all day ticket
  • Extended hours and additional days; look online
  • Open Christmas Eve 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Closed Christmas day

Known as one of northern Michigan’s hidden gems, Hanson Hills offers great family atmosphere with reasonable prices for skiing and snowboarding. Legs need a break from the slopes? Take the family to session tubing on hills adjacent to the ski slopes. When you reach the bottom, the tow rope will take you to the top for another exhilarating ride.

Kensington Metropark

Address: 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford
Phone: 810-227-8910
2015-16 season: Open during winter months only
2015-16 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
2015-2016 season: usually late-November to mid-March
2015-2016 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $44
  • Monday-Friday 3:30-10 p.m. $44
  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $54
  • Saturday, Sunday and holidays 1-5 p.m. $46
  • Ski or snowboard rental $28, helmets $7
  • See website for additional pricing information and late ski times and costs

Last year, the resort spent $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 EpicMix, an interactive feature that tracks your accomplishments on the slopes with digital leader boards and progress tracking.

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Mt. Holiday Ski Area

Address: 3100 Holiday Road, Traverse City
Phone: 231-938-2500
2015-16 season: usually late-November to late-March
2015-16 hours and costs:

  • Tuesday-Thursday 4 p.m.-8 p.m. $20/adults (ages 11 and older), $18/juniors (ages 5-10), free/children (ages 0-4)
  • Friday 4-9 p.m. $20/adults (ages 11 and older), $18/juniors (ages 5-10), free/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/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/children (ages 0-4)
  • Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $26/adults (ages 11 and older), $21/juniors (ages 5-10), free/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.

Mount Holly

Address: 13536 S. Dixie Highway, Holly
Phone: 800-582-7256
2015-2016 season: usually late-November to mid-March
2015-2016 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $35
  • Saturday-Sunday and holidays 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $43
  • Sunday-Thursday (evenings) 3-10 p.m. $35
  • Friday, Saturday and holidays (evenings) 3-11 p.m. $43
  • Monday-Thursday (all day) $48
  • Friday-Sunday and holidays $56
  • Skis and snowboards $28, helmets $10
  • Ages 6 and under get half off lift ticket and ski rental. Seniors 65 and over with ID get $5 off lift ticket

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 four 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.

Nub’s Nob Ski Area

Address: 500 Nub’s Nob Road, Harbor Springs
Phone: 231-526-2131
2015-16 season: usually late-November to early April
2015-16 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 pm. $59/adults (ages 20-64), $54/teens (ages 13-19), $47/children (ages 9-12), free/8 and under
  • Weekends 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $70/adults (ages 20-64), $59/teens (ages 13-19), $52/children (ages 9-12), free/8 and under
  • Holidays 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $80/adults (ages 20-64), $68/teens (ages 13-19), $57/children (ages 9-12), free/8 and under
  • Monday-Friday (half day) 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. $49/adults (ages 20-64), $44/teens (ages 13-19), $40/children (ages 9-12), free/8 and under
  • Weekends (half day) 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. $62/adults (ages 20-64), $54/teens (ages 13-19), $48/children (ages 9-12), free/8 and under
  • Holidays (half day) 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. $70/adults (ages 20-64), $60/teens (ages 13-19), $54/children (ages 9-12), free/8 and under
  • Ski and snowboard rentals available, and night skiing begins the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, 2015; check online for rates

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.

Pine Knob Ski & Snowboard Resort

Address: 7778 Pine Knob, Clarkston
Phone: 800-642-7669
2015-2016 season: usually December to March
2015-2016 hours and lift ticket costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $35
  • Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $43
  • Sunday-Thursday (evening) 3-10 p.m. $35
  • Friday, Saturday and holidays (evening) 3-11 p.m. $43
  • 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
2015-2016 season: usually November to end of March
2015-2016 hours and costs:

  • Superticket, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-close $42/ages 9-12, $46/ages 13-17, $50/ages 18-61, $5/age 8 and under
  • Day ticket, Monday-Friday (non-holiday) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $36/ages 9-12, $40/ages 13-17, $44/ages 18-61, $5/age 8 and under
  • Superticket, Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-close $53/ages 9-12, $56/ages 13-17, $66/ages 18-61, $5/age 8 and under
  • Day ticket, Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $48/ages 9-12, $51/ages 13-17, $61/ages 18-61, $5/age 8 and under
  • Night only, Monday-Friday 5 p.m.-close $20/ages 9-12, $20/ages 13-17, $20/ages 18-61, $5/age 8 and under
  • Night only, Saturday-Sunday 5 p.m.-close $25/ages 9-12, $25/ages 13-17, $35/ages 18-61, $5/age 8 and under
  • Check website for additional holiday rates, close dates and moreSki 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
2015-16 season: usually November to mid-March
2015-16 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
  • All-Day Pass 10 a.m.-close $32
  • 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 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
2015-2016 season: usually late-December to mid-March
2015-2016 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. $40/ages 13-plus, $30/junior (ages 6-12)
  • Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. $38/ages 13-plus, $30 junior (ages 6-12)
  • Free/5 and under are free
  • See website for holiday and rental pricing information

Learn how to ski at this resort that started back in 1960 under the name Little Switzerland. 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 2015-16 season!

Treetops Resort

Address: 3962 Wilkinson Road, Gaylord
Phone: 866-348-5249
2015-2016 season: usually November to late-March
2015-2016 hours and costs:

  • “Open-to-Close”10 a.m.-close $25/adults (ages 18-69), $20/teens (ages 13-17), $15/juniors (ages 9-12)
  • All day and evenings 10 a.m.-close $35-$57/adults (ages 18-69), $30-$52/teens (ages 13-17), $25-$47/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 $25-$40/adults (ages 18-69), $20-$35/teens (ages 13-17), $15-$30/juniors (ages 9-12)
  • Tickets typically cheapest on weekdays; rates vary per month

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.

This post has been updated for 2015 by Kristy Case

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  • 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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