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 2020-21 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.

Alpine Valley

  • Address: 6775 E. Highland Road, White Lake
  • Phone: 248-887-2180
  • 2020-21 season: November through mid-March

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 high-capacity chair lifts and four rope tows, three terrain parks and a magic carpet for beginners. For lessons, reserve a spot at least a day in advance, helmets required for kids. COVID precautions: Masks are required, groups should plan to ride chair lifts together, singles will be able to ride alone. Extra cleaning and hand sanitizer stations set up.

Bittersweet Ski Resort

  • Address: 600 River Road, Otsego
  • Phone: 269-694-2820
  • 2020-21 season: Usually mid-November to mid-March

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, two wonder carpets for beginners and two rope tows. There are features to accommodate every skill level. Bittersweet also offers snowboard and skiing private and group lessons for adults and children. COVID precautions: Masks are required, bags and shoes must be kept in vehicle, social distancing enforced and hand sanitizer stations set up. Indoor spaces are reduced.

Boyne Mountain

  • Address: 1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls
  • Phone: 855-688-7024
  • 2020-21 season: usually mid-November to the first week of April

Between Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands, the two largest resorts in Lower Michigan, you can fly down 28 runs, two terrain parks and more than 200 acres of open terrain. The water park remains closed until at least late February due to the coronavirus pandemic. COVID precautions: Masks required (winter neck gator may be accepted), online tickets encouraged, social distancing required. Indoor spaces have limited capacity.

Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf

  • Address: 1 Caberfae Lane, Cadillac
  • Phone: 231-862-3000
  • 2020-21 season: usually late November to mid-March

Caberfae is located in Northern Michigan’s snowbelt and offers 34 ski runs with 485 feet of vertical drop, two terrain parks, five lifts and two peaks. COVID precautions: Masks required and be prepared to ride lifts with your group; no one will be forced to ride with someone they don’t know. Use your vehicle as your day lodge, leaving bags and gear there as well as take breaks there. Cafeteria is only open for takeout.

Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area

  • Address: 6800 Cannonsburg Road, Belmont
  • Phone: 616-874-6711
  • 2020-21 season: usually late November to early March

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. COVID precautions: Lodge currently closed, but restrooms are open. Masks required, increased cleaning, online only tickets and tubing is by reservation only. Snack bar and food truck available for food.

Crystal Mountain

  • Address: 12500 Crystal Mountain Drive, Thompsonville
  • Phone: 855-995-5146
  • 2020-21 season: usually early December to early April

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. After a day of fun, treat yourself to some time at their spa or pool, which are open with limited capacity during the pandemic. COVID precautions: Masks and social distancing required. The daycare facility is not open. Advance purchase of tickets online encouraged.

Hanson Hills Recreation Area

  • Address: 7601 Old Lake Road, Grayling
  • Phone: 989-348-9266
  • 2020-21 season: usually mid-December to mid-March

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. COVID precautions: Masks and social distancing required. Lodge open only for restrooms, ticketing and carryout food; be prepared to warm up in your vehicle.

Kensington Metropark

  • Address: 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford
  • Phone: 810-227-8910
  • 2020-21 season: Open during winter months only

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 (it’s $10 for a daily vehicle pass); does not offer rentals. 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

  • Address: 4141 Bauer Road, Brighton
  • Phone: 810-229-9581
  • 2020-21 season: usually late-November to mid-March

In Mount Brighton, you will have access to 24 trails and two terrain parks, five chair lifts and seven surface lifts. COVID precautions: Masks required, capacity will be limited do online ticket purchases encourage, cashless transactions only, no personal property may be left in the lodge.

Mt. Holiday Ski Area

  • Address: 3100 Holiday Road, Traverse City
  • Phone: 231-938-2500
  • 2020-21 season: usually late-November to late-March

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. COVID precautions: Masks and social distancing required, lodge is closed with takeout food only. Tubing tickets required to be purchased online.

Mount Holly

  • Address: 13536 S. Dixie Highway, Holly
  • Phone: 248-634-8269
  • 2020-21 season: usually mid-November to mid-March

There are seven chairlifts, two wonder carpets and three 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. COVID precautions: Masks and social distancing required, food and beverage options limited and gear cannot be stored in the lodge and must be kept in vehicles.

Nub’s Nob Ski Area

  • Address: 500 Nub’s Nob Road, Harbor Springs
  • Phone: 231-526-2131
  • 2020-21 season: usually mid-November to early April

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 nine 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. COVID precautions: Masks and social distancing required, expect limited use of the lodge for food pickup and restrooms, ride chair lift only with your group.

Pine Knob Ski & Snowboard Resort

  • Address: 7778 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston
  • Phone: 248 625-0800
  • 2020-21 season: usually mid-November to March

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. COVID precautions: Masks and social distancing required, gear must be kept in vehicle and expect limited food options.

Shanty Creek Resorts

  • Address: 5780 Shanty Creek Road, Bellaire
  • Phone: 231-533-8621
  • 2020-21: Late-November to end of March

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 slopes will be closed this season, but the tubing area is open. For a more relaxed time, enjoy cross-country skiing while thrill-seekers can try extreme tubing down a special slope of the mountain. COVID precautions: Masks and social distancing required, expect limited rentals so reserve online before arriving.

Snow Snake Ski & Golf

  • Address: 3407 E. Mannsiding Road, Harrison
  • Phone: 989-539-6583
  • 2020-21: usually December to mid-March

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. COVID precautions: Masks and social distancing required, lodge and cafeteria not currently operating but check online before going, new outdoor lift ticket purchase counter, expect long wait times for tubing.

Swiss Valley

  • Address: 13421 Mann St., Jones
  • Phone: 269-244-5635
  • 2020-21 season: usually December to mid-March

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. COVID precautions: Masks required, sanitation stations added, use your vehicle as your “lodge” for gear storage and warm up, capacity at Chalet limited, no apparel rental this season.

Treetops Resort

  • Address: 3962 Wilkinson Road, Gaylord
  • Phone: 866-348-5249
  • 2020-21 season: usually late-November to late-March

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. COVID precautions: Masks and social distancing required, gear rentals are limited this year, resort shuttle service may not be not operating.

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