When the flip flops are put away and the snow boots come out, it's time to head to middle and southern Michigan ski resorts and ski areas to play in the snow!
The Middle and Southern ski regions in Michigan will be well powdered and waiting! Which resorts will you dash through this year?
There aren't as many ski options in these areas as in the northern part of the state, but there are still some top quality resorts and beautiful smaller areas ready for your skis and snowboards.
Cannonsburg Ski Area (Cannonsburg)
Enjoy the seventeen trails and five lifts in Cannonsburg or bring your snowboard and hit up the exciting terrain park and half pipe. If you want to say "I do" and have your wedding reception on the slopes, you can get free seasons passes as a wedding gift!
The ski shop can take care of all your equipment renting needs and there are areas on-site for lounging, warming up, and refilling your stomach before heading back into the blissful cold. Instruction in skiing is available and there are programs to accommodate the youngest skiers in your bunch.
Apple Mountain (Freeland)
Skiers head to Apple Mountain for the twelve trails and six lifts, while snowboards head in for the adventurous terrain park and half pipe. From the on-site pro shop and rentals to dining facilities and instructional programs, everything you need for excitement in the snow is provided. The slopes stay open past dark and there are snowshoeing adventures to be gained while there.
Pando Winter Sports Park(Rockford)
If you like the feel of a small, hometown ski destination, you will fit right in at Pando. This park features a single lift going up to seven trails. You can go skiing, tubing, or hop on your snowboard and enjoy the half pipe and terrain park. Trails for cross country skiing are offered as well. All of your equipment rental needs can be handled through the pro shop and ski instruction can be obtained on-site. There are even programs for children, so parents can get some alone time on the trails if desired.
Alpine Valley Ski Area (White Lake)
Home to a half pipe, terrain park, new rental equipment, and twenty-five ski trails, Alpine Valley is a southern Michigan ski resort worthy of your vacation time. They have fourteen lifts so you do not have to wait all day to get to the top of the mountain and their slopes stay open well past dark. From on-site dining opportunities to a ski shop and options for ski lessons, this is a full service ski area suitable for families, groups of friends, individuals, or any other group situation.
Bittersweet Ski Area (Ostego)
There are nineteen trails and thirteen lifts at this comfortable Michigan ski area. Snowboarding is permitted in the park and there is a terrain park to add some excitement to the day if desired. Standard ski park features are included, from the lodge and equipment rentals to the ski lessons and children's programs.
Mt. Brighton (Brighton)
When the skies are clear and the sun is shining, visitors and locals head to Brighton to golf at Mt. Brighton. When the sun goes into hiding and the temperatures drop, the snow machines turn on full blast and cover the mountain with the fluffy, wet white stuff we all know and love. That is when the twenty-six ski trails and eighteen lifts go into action at Mt. Brighton. Besides straight slope skiing, there is a terrain park that just might be the talk of the town. It features over-rails, boxes and jumps along with a half pipe for more adventurist skiers and snowboarders. There are concessions available for convenience as well as a pro shop offering complete rental of ski gear. When the dark sets in, the slopes stay alive for night skiing adventures.
Mt. Holly (Holly)
A lot has changed at Mt. Holly in recent years. They have increased their power for shooting out the snow, expanded their terrain park, and created a cozy heated porch with fireplace for warming up. This is one of the most comfortable ski destinations if you like simple skiing and snowboarding in comfortable, peaceful setting. You will not find babysitting for children or cross country ski trails, but you will find comfortable surroundings for a day out in the snow. Ski rental is available on site when you visit this southern Michigan ski area.
Pine Knob Ski Area (Clarkston)
Whether skiing at night or in daylight, you will find all the basic amenities offered at Pine Knob Ski Area. There is a ski shop for purchases and equipment rentals and facilities for dining or just grabbing nourishment between runs down the trails. Some ski lessons are offered as well. This is more of a local ski area for residents. They do not offer terrain parks, half pipes or cross country skiing trails. The facilities are basic, so you can enjoy the snow at an affordable price and without the crowds of large resorts. They offer seventeen trails, serviced by twelve ski lifts.
Swiss Valley Ski Area (Jones)
Swiss Valley is a great southern Michigan ski resort for day trips, but you will have to find accommodation in nearby communities if you want to spend the night. No accommodations are offered on site. There is a pro shop decked out with used and brand new equipment for purchase or rent. There are casual dining opportunities along with a lodge full of alcoholic beverages and a warm atmosphere to relax in. The amenities are perfect for a day out skiing, but do not expect to go snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, or enjoy any advanced winter sports. Yet, it is excellent for nighttime skiing, since all trails stay open well after dark.
Timber Ridge Ski Area (Gobles)
This is a full service southern Michigan ski resort destination complete with terrain parks and fifteen ski trails. There are eight lifts and ski lessons are offered if needed. There are options for tubing and dining options are located on-site for convenience. You can also rent your own equipment in the pro shop and enjoy the trails well after dark.