Family Destinations for Skiing and Snowboarding in Michigan

For your next family winter getaway, spend day or two skiing and snowboarding in Michigan at some of these snowy fun locations open for the 2021-22 season.

Ask any Michigander and they’ll agree: Hitting the slopes is one of the region’s favorite winter pastimes (along with snowmobiling). Skiing and snowboarding in Michigan is definitely a blast!

Getting all that equipment to the slopes is no easy task. That’s why the Ford Expedition offers exceptional cargo space when you need it. A full 104.6 cu. ft. behind the first row of seating, 63.6 cu. ft. behind the second row* and 20.9 cu. ft. behind the third. Woo-hoo! That means there is no excuse for skipping a winter road trip to one of these cool Michigan ski destinations.

Bonus: Many of these destinations for skiing and snowboarding in Michigan also have their own snow-making machines when temperatures dip low enough.

Call ahead for COVID precautions; masks may be required in certain places.

Alpine Valley

  • Address: 6775 E. Highland Road, White Lake
  • Cost: Day $48-$56/day session, $48-$56/night session, $65/all-day, $35/ski and snowboard rental, $15/child ski and snowboard rental, $10/helmet rental

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 ten high-capacity chair lifts and ten rope tows. For lessons, reserve a spot at least a day in advance, helmets required for kids.

Bittersweet Ski Resort

  • Address: 600 River Road, Otsego
  • Cost: $50-$65/day session lift ticket, $40-$55/day session beginner hill, $48-$49/evening session lift ticket, $38-$39/evening session beginner hill, discounted group rates and military discounts available

The folks at Bittersweet Ski Resort pride themselves on their snowmaking ability. The resort, located just north of Kalamazoo, is home to the seven chair lifts, three wonder carpets for beginners and one rope tow. There are features to accommodate every skill level. Bittersweet also offers snowboard and skiing private and group lessons for adults and children.

Currently closed for skiing and snowboarding. Check website for the next opening day.

Boyne Mountain

Between Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands, the two largest resorts in Lower Michigan, you can fly down mile-long runs, eleven terrain parks with varying difficulties and each park has more than 400 acres of open terrain. There are 115 runs and 30 acres of free beginner areas and Michigan’s longest magic carpet conveyor lifts. It also has America’s first high speed six-place chairlift, Michigan’s first four-place chairlift and 16 additional chairlifts.

Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf

  • Address: 1 Caberfae Lane, Cadillac
  • Cost: $29-$39/weekday all-day lift ticket, $21-$34/weekday part-day lift ticket, $59-$79/all-day Saturday and holiday lift ticket, $24-$59/part-day Saturday and holiday lift ticket, $39-$59/all-day Sunday lift ticket, $29-$39/part-day Sunday lift ticket and $5/child lift tickets

Caberfae is located in Northern Michigan’s snowbelt and offers 30 ski runs with 485 feet of vertical drop, two terrain parks, four lifts and a full service rental shop and demo center.

Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area

  • Address: 6800 Cannonsburg Road, Belmont
  • Cost: $25-$35/all-day weekday lift ticket, $20-$25/evening weekday lift ticket, $30-$45/all-day weekend lift ticket, $25-$35/part-day lift ticket, $35/Sunday night lift ticket, free/ages 6 and under; season tickets available

It’s located 15 minutes northeast of downtown Grand Rapids. 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. It features chair lifts, rope tows and magic carpets.

Crystal Mountain

One of the region’s top-tier resorts includes 58 trails and eight lifts, terrain park, fat tire and cross country trails and ice skating. There’s beginner, intermediate and advanced trails. After a day of fun, treat yourself to some time at their spa or pool.

Hanson Hills Recreation Area

  • Address: 7601 Old Lake Road, Grayling
  • Cost: $5/Friday night lift ticket, $30/Saturday and holiday lift ticket, $25/Sunday lift ticket, free/ages 5 and under; season passes are available

Known as one of northern Michigan’s hidden gems, Hanson Hills offers a great family atmosphere with reasonable prices for skiing and snowboarding in Michigan. Also offers snowboarding, tubing, fat bike trails, snowshoe trails and cross country trials.

Kensington Metropark

Kensington Metropark’s Orchard Picnic Area is a great place to start with beginning, intermediate, and advanced sledding hills. There is no fee to use the hill, except for the cost of entry into the park. For those interested in cross country skiing on 12 miles of trails, there is a ski center located at Kensington’s golf course. Rental equipment is available on weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and rentals must be returned by the time the center closes. For more information check the website

Mount Brighton Ski Resort

In Mount Brighton, you will have access to 24 trails, two terrain parks, five chair lifts and seven surface lifts. It partners with several area hotels that are only minutes from the ski area. There are trails for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers.

Mt. Holiday Ski Area

  • Address: 3100 Holiday Road, Traverse City
  • Cost: $20/Tuesday-Friday lift ticket, $30/Saturday-Sunday lift ticket, free/ages 4 and under; season passes available

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, there are plenty of options to have fun in the snow this season. The lodge is open for dining Wednesday-Saturday.

Mount Holly

  • Address: 13536 S. Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Cost: $65-$75/full-day lift ticket, $50-$60/part-day lift ticket, $43-$50/beginning hill; group rates and senior and military discounts available

There are seven chairlifts, two wonder carpets and four rope tows to get you to the slope for your skill level. Twenty slopes and two terrain parks available. There are also ski lessons available to beginners.

Nub’s Nob Ski Area

Nub’s Nob is known for its variety. With more than 50 different runs at all skill levels covering 248 acres of pristine snow, three award-winning terrain parks and eight chair lifts, 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 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston
  • Cost: $65-$75/full-day lift ticket, $50-$60/part-day lift ticket, $43-$50/beginning hill; Half-off for ages 6 and under; Senior, military and group rate discounts available

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, three wonder carpets and four rope tows to get you to the top! Everyone will find a slope to meet their skill level.

Shanty Creek Resorts

Shanty Creek is home of two enormous mountains, the Schuss Mountain, which features five terrain parks as well as 53 downhill slopes and more. 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

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. Features two terrain parks, one for beginners and another for the more advanced skier.

Swiss Valley

  • Address: 13421 Mann St., Jones
  • Cost: $32-$38/all-day weekday lift ticket, $26-$30/part-day weekday lift ticket, $39-$49/weekend lift ticket, free/ages 5 and under

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.

Treetops Resort

Treetops Resort in northern Michigan offers families hours of skiing opportunities, terrain park and much more. When you’re not hitting the slopes, try extreme tubing, dog sledding or ice skating.

This post is updated regularly.

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