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 2016-17.

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: 248-887-2180
2016-2017 season: usually mid-December to mid-March
2016-2017 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $37
  • Sunday-Thursday evening 3-10 p.m. $37
  • Weekends and holidays (day) 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., $45
  • Weekend and holidays (all day and evening) 9 a.m.-10 p.m. $53
  • Friday-Saturday evening (holidays) 3 p.m.-11 p.m. $42
  • Ski and snowboard rental $28, 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. Families can have fun all day on 25 tree-lined slopes at this southeast Michigan park. There are 9 chair lifts and four rope tows, four terrain parks and a magic carpet to help make this a great destination for family fun.

Bittersweet Ski Resort

Address: 600 River Road, Otsego
Phone: 269-694-2032, ext. 23
2016-2017 season: usually late-November to mid-March

2016-2017 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $35
  • Friday 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. $35
  • Saturday and holidays 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. $44
  • Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. $44
  • Sunday-Thursday evening 5 p.m.-close $30
  • Friday-Saturday (evenings) 5 p.m.-close $33
  • Skis $26/day, $24/evening
  • Snowboards $26
  • Helmets $10

The folks at Bittersweet Ski Resort pride themselves on their snowmaking ability. The resort, located just north of Kalamazoo, is home to the sweet express quad chairlift, two wonder carpets for beginners, seven standard chairlifts and two ropes. There are features to accommodate every skill level. Bittersweet also offers snowboard and skiing private and group lessons for adults and children.

Boyne Mountain

Address: 1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls
Phone: 855-688-7024
2016-2017 season: usually November to April
2016-2017 hours and costs:

  • Sunday-Tuesday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday-Saturday and Peak Days 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 23-March 17)
  • Early and late season 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily
  • Sunday $79/adults (ages 19-64), $69/teens (ages 13-18), $59/juniors (ages 6-12), $69/seniors (ages 65-79)
  • Midweek $69/adults (ages 19-64), $59/teens (ages 13-18), $49/juniors (ages 6-12), $59/seniors (ages 65-79)
  • Friday-Saturday and peak days $89/adults (ages 19-65), $79/teens (ages 13-18), $69/juniors (ages 6-12), $79/seniors (ages 65-79)
  • Midweek night 5 p.m.-9 p.m. $35/adults (ages 19-64), $25/teens (ages 13-18), $20/juniors (ages 6-12), $25/seniors (ages 65-79)
  • Friday-Saturday and peak days nights 5 p.m.-9 p.m. $45/adults (ages 19-64), $35/teens (ages 13-18), $30/juniors (ages 6-12), $35/seniors (ages 65-79)
  • Night skiing is offered Wednesday-Saturday and during holiday periods between Dec. 23, 2016-March 17, 2017.
  • Call for ski and snowboard rental information

Between Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands, the two largest resorts in Lower Michigan, you can fly through 115 slopes and trails which span over 850 acres. From the sweet corduroy groomers to technical terrain park elements, there is something for everyone. After having a winter blast at the 10 terrain parks and 18 chairlifts, you can cool off in the spa and heated pool.

Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf

Address: 1 Caberfae Lane, Cadillac
Phone: 231-862-3000
2016-17 season: usually mid-November to mid-March
2016-17 hours and costs: Target opening date for 2016-17 season is Nov. 25. Early season and late season hours will vary.

  • Holiday Lift Hours of Operation
    • Dec. 24 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Dec. 25 1 p.m.-9 p.m.
    • Dec. 26-Jan 1 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Regular Season Lift Hours of Operation
    • Sundays 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
    • Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
    • Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
    • Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Midweek All Day (open-close) $39/adults (ages 18-69), $34/teens (ages 13-17), $29/juniors (ages 9-12), $5/child (ages 8 and under)
  • Midweek 4 hour or 1 p.m.-close $34/adults (ages 18-69), $29/teens (ages 13-17), $24/juniors (ages 9-12), $5/child (ages 8 and under)
  • Midweek Nights (after 4 p.m.) $29/adults (ages 18-69), $24/teens (ages 13-17), $21/juniors (ages 9-12), $5/child (ages 8 and under)
  • Weekends All Day (open-close) $49/adults (ages 18-69), $44/teens (ages 13-17), $39/juniors (ages 9-12), $8/child (ages 8 and under)
  • Weekends 4 hour or 1 p.m.-close $44/adults (ages 18-69), $39/teens (ages 13-17), $34/juniors (ages 9-12), $5/child (ages 8 and under)
  • Weekend Nights (after 4 p.m.) $29/adults (ages 18-69), $24/teens (ages 13-17), $21/juniors (ages 9-12), $5/child (8 and under)
  • Weekend Lift Rates in effect from Dec. 25, 2016-Jan. 1, Jan 16, Feb. 13, 2017. Ski, snowboard, snowblade and helmet rentals available; check online for rates.

The resort will be opening a new chairlift this season. The Doppelmayr triple chairlift will have a top elevation of 1,561 feet and will give you a 360-degree view of the Manistee National Forest. With a new chairlift and more than 30 ski runs with 485 feet of vertical drop, there is fun for the whole family. The area is also home to an outdoor pool and spa as well as a day lodge.

Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area

Address: 6800 Cannonsburg Road, Belmont
Phone: 616-874-6711
2016-17 season: usually late November to early March
2016-17 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-close $30/adults (ages 11 and older), $22/juniors (ages 7-10), free/kids (ages 6 and under)
  • Weekends and holidays 10 a.m.-close $37/adults (ages 11 and older), $22/juniors (ages 7-10), free/kids (ages 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), $22/juniors (ages 7-10)
  • Ski and snowboard rental weekends and holidays $25, weekdays $20; helmets $8

With runs and lifts geared toward beginners to advanced, this resort park offers the best possible environment for skiers and snowboarders who are just starting out and those looking for a challenge. The destination is 15 minutes northeast of Downtown Grand Rapids and features chair lifts, rope tows and magic carpets.

Crystal Mountain

Address: 12500 Crystal Mountain Drive, Thompsonville
Phone: 855-995-5146
2016-2017 season: usually early December to early April
2016-2017 hours and costs:

  • Hours and prices TBD
  • 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
Season: usually mid-December to mid-March
2016-17 hours and costs:

  • Christmas Break 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $30, ski/snowboard rental $20
  • Friday 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $1, ski/snowboard rental $9
  • Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $30, ski/snowboard rental $20
  • Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $20, ski/snowboard rental $20
  • Helmet rental $10

Known as one of northern Michigan’s hidden gems, Hanson Hills offers a 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. The Hansom Hills Snow Sports School also offers programs to help teach those interested in learning to ski.

Kensington Metropark

Address: 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford
Phone: 810-227-8910
2016-17 season: Open during winter months only
2016-17 hours and costs:

Snowboarding:

  • 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 $10 for a daily vehicle pass); does not offer rentals.

The Ski Center (located at the Golf Course)

For those interested in cross country skiing, there is a ski center located at the golf course at the metropark. Rental equipment is available on weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with the last rental at 4:30 p.m.

  • Trails are open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. (They are not lit)
  • 1/2 day full equipment package $15/adults
  • 1/2 day full equipment package $9/youth (ages 15 and under)
  • Skis $6

For more information check the website.

Mount Brighton Ski Resort

Address: 4141 Bauer Road, Brighton
Phone: 810-229-9581
2016-2017 season: usually late-November to mid-March
2016-2017 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $56/full rate, $51/preferred rate
  • Saturday-Sunday/Holiday 9 a.m.-10 p.m. $63/full rate, $58/preferred rate
  • Monday-Friday Mornings 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $46/full rate, $41/preferred rate
  • Saturday-Sunday/Holiday Mornings 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $53/full rate, $48/preferred rate
  • Saturday-Sunday/Holiday Afternoons 1-5 p.m. $48/full rate, $43/preferred rate
  • Monday-Friday Evenings 3:30 p.m.-10 p.m. $46/full rate, $41/preferred rate
  • Saturday-Sunday/Holidays Evenings 3 p.m.-10 p.m. $53/full rate, $48/preferred rate

Ages 12 and under need a parent/guardian to sign them up for the “Preferred Program,” which is free and open to guests at the ticket window or online. See website for more pricing and rental information.

In Mount Brighton, you will have access to 25 trails and five lifts, which covers 130 acres of winter fun. Catch a thrill while hitting the slopes and exploring the terrain park. Kids may want to try the EpicMix, an interactive feature that tracks your accomplishments on the slopes with digital leader boards and progress tracking.

Mt. Holiday Ski Area

Address: 3100 Holiday Road, Traverse City
Phone: 231-938-2500
2016-17 season: usually late-November to late-March
2016-17 hours and costs:

  • Hours and prices TBD
  • 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
2016-2017 season: usually late-November to mid-March
2016-2017 hours and costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $36
  • Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $44
  • Holidays 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $44
  • Monday-Thursday (evenings) 3-10 p.m. $36
  • Friday (evenings) 3-11 p.m. $44
  • Saturday (evenings) 2-10 p.m. $44
  • Sunday (evenings) 2-9 p.m. $36
  • Holiday (evenings) 2-10 p.m. $44
  • Monday-Thursday (all day) $48
  • Friday-Sunday (all day) $56
  • Holiday (all day) $56
  • Ski/Snowboard Rental $29
  • Helmet Rental $10

Ages 6 and under get half off lift ticket and ski rental. Military and seniors 65 and over with ID get $5 off lift ticket. All rates subject to change and not every lift in operation at all times.

There are seven chairlifts, two wonder carpets and four rope tows to get you to the slope for your skill level. There are also ski lessons available to beginners. With a few hotels nearby to keep you warm, you can relax before heading back for more downhill fun.

Nub’s Nob Ski Area

Address: 500 Nub’s Nob Road, Harbor Springs
Phone: 231-526-2131
Season: usually late-November to early April
2016-17 hours and costs:

  • Every day $40/adults ages 20-64, $35/teens ages 13-19 and seniors ages 65-69, $30/child ages 9-12, free/kids 8 and under, seniors 70 and over
  • Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $62/adults ages 20-64, $57/teens ages 13-19 and seniors ages 65-69, $49/child ages 9-12, free/kids 8 and under, seniors 70 and over
  • Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $73/adults ages 20-64, $62/teens ages 13-19 and seniors ages 65-69, $55/child ages 9-12, free/kids 8 and under, seniors 70 and over
  • Holidays 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $82/adults ages 20-64, $70/teens ages 13-19 and seniors ages 65-69, $59/child ages 9-12, free/kids 8 and under, seniors 70 and over
  • Monday-Friday half day 12:30-4:30 p.m. $52/adults ages 20-64, $47/teens ages 13-19 and seniors ages 65-69, $40/child ages 9-12, free/kids 8 and under, seniors 70 and over
  • Saturday-Sunday half day 12:30-4:30 p.m. $65/adults ages 20-64, $57/teens ages 13-19 and seniors ages 65-69, $51/child ages 9-12, free/kids 8 and under, seniors 70 and over
  • Holidays half day 12:30-4:30 p.m. $73/adults ages 20-64, $63/teens ages 13-19 and seniors ages 65-69, $56/child ages 9-12, free/kids 8 and under, seniors 70 and over

All rates subject to change without notice. Night skiing is available starting Dec. 26, 2016. Check online for rates and equipment rental.

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
2016-2017 season: usually December to March
2016-2017 hours and lift ticket costs:

  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $36
  • Weekends and Holidays 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $44
  • Sunday-Thursday 3-10 p.m. $36
  • Friday-Saturday and Holidays 3-10 p.m. $44
  • All Day Pass Weekdays $49
  • All Day Pass Weekends $57
  • Ski/Snowboard Rental $29
  • Helmet Rental $10

Lift ticket rates for children 6 years and under are half off. The child must be with you at ticket window for discounted purchase.

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! People can also enjoy the two wonder carpets in the midst of the winter fun. Everyone will find a slope to meet their skill level.

Shanty Creek Resorts

Address: 5780 Shanty Creek Road, Bellaire
Phone: 231-533-8621
2016-2017 season: usually November to end of March
2016-2017 hours and costs:
Schuss Mountain Lift Ticket Rates

  • Superticket, Saturdays and Holidays 9 a.m.-close $69/ages 18-61, $59/ages 13-17 and 62-69, $54/ages 9-12
  • Superticket Sunday-Friday (Non-Holidays) 9 a.m.-close $50/ages 18-61, $46/ages 13-17 and 62-69, $42/ages 9-12
  • Day 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Holidays $63/ages 18-61, $53/ages 13-17 and 62-69, $49/ages 9-12
  • Day 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Friday (Non-Holidays) $44/ages 18-61, $40/ages 13-17 and 62-69, $36/ages 9-12
  • Evening 5 p.m.-close Saturdays and Holidays $35/ages 18-61, $30/ages 13-17 and 62-69, $25/ages 9-12
  • Evenings 5 p.m.-close Sunday-Friday (Non-Holidays) $20/ages 18-61, $20/ages 13-17 and 62-69, $20/ages 9-12
  • Superticket Weekends (Friday-Sunday) $99/ages 18-61, $94/ages 13-17 and 62-69, $89/ages 9-12

Summit Mountain Lift Ticket Rates

  • Friday Night $10/ages 9-69
  • Saturday and Holidays $25/ages 9-69
  • Sunday $10/ages 9-69
  • Ski and snowboard rentals also available; see website for pricing

Shanty Creek is home of two enormous mountains, the Schuss Mountain, which features four terrain parks as well as five quad-chairlifts and more. The Summit Mountain has 11 ski resort slopes as well. 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
Season: usually November to mid-March
2016-17 hours and costs:

  • Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday 3-9 p.m.
  • Hours subject to change for the 2016-17 season, see website or call for more details.
  • Day pass $28
  • Night pass $23
  • All Day pass $33
  • Skis $15
  • Snowboards $15
  • Children 6 and under ski/ride for free with paid adult. Seniors 70 and over ski/ride free.

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
2016-2017 season: usually late-December to mid-March
2016-2017 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. $42/ages 13-plus, $30/junior (ages 6-12)
  • Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. $40/ages 13-plus, $30 junior (ages 6-12)
  • Free/5 and under are free with purchase of adult ticket
  • 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 2016-17 season!

Treetops Resort

Address: 3962 Wilkinson Road, Gaylord
Phone: 866-348-5249
2016-2017 season: usually November to late-March
2016-2017 hours and costs:

  • Open-to-close $25-59/adult (ages 18-69), $20-$55/teen (ages 13-17), $15-$49/junior (ages 7-12), free/children (ages 6 years and younger) and seniors (ages 70 and older)
  • Rates vary on the day of the season. Equipment can be rented. Prices vary. Check on their website for more details.

Treetops Resort in northern Michigan offers families hours of skiing opportunities and much more. When you’re not hitting the slopes, try extreme tubing or ice skating. If you ever need to rest your feet, chow down on some tasty s’mores in the Halfway Café.

This post has been updated for 2016 by Charnae Sanders.

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