Did you know that Michigan has more ski resorts than any other state, with the exception of New York? Unbeknownst to much of the country, Michigan is actually chock full of great skiing. There are 38 different resorts scattered across the Great Lakes State, with plenty of fun, exciting terrain for you to explore and test yourself on.


Skiing in Michigan?

You may be skeptical of Michigan skiing, but let me tell you from experience that Michigan skiers are diehards. Skiing in Michigan is cold and can be expensive, but every weekend at all 38 of our ski resorts you will find a group of dedicated skiers out there having just as much fun as all those skiers out west. This is why Skis.com is proud to call Michigan our home state.

“Photo by Beth Price. Courtesy of Schuss Mountain.”

Take it from legendary Michigan skier Lou Batroi, who at 107-years old is still hitting the slopes. In this piece from the Traverse City Record-Eagle, he explains what he loves about Michigan skiing:

“It was a bit of a surprise, but I found that I could log as much vertical feet in a day here in Michigan as I could in the mountains where you spend a lot more time riding a lift,” he told me. “Here the lift ride is shorter, and you spend more time on the slopes. It may not be a mountain, but at the end of the day it all adds up.”

This year the snowfall in Michigan is off to a great start, boasting a deeper snowpack than many resorts in Colorado and Utah. Michigan skiers can also take advantage of what is called the White Gold Card. For $269, the White Gold Card gives you a one-day lift ticket at every ski resort in the state. You also get a few extra goodies included, like a free ski tune, a free ski wax and a discounted coupon off of a $100 purchase. These are available at participating ski shops in the Fall, most notably Summit Sports and Don Thomas Sporthaus. It’s not so bad being a skier in Michigan, eh?


The Birthplace of Organized Skiing

It is a little known fact that tucked away in the tiny city of Ishpeming, Michigan sits the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. It’s only fitting that Ishpeming houses the Hall, as it was where the creation of the National Skiing Association, the first national ski organization, took place. The Hall honors skiers and snowboarders who have had a major influence on our beloved sport.

Immortalized in the Hall of Fame are star skiers like Jonny Mosley, Nelson Carmichael, William (Bill) Johnson and Daron Rahlves due to their gold-medal-winning and World Cup performances, as well as those who helped grow the sport and make it what it is today such as Dick Dorworth, Alf Engen and Warren Miller.


Let’s Check Out the Top 10

Are you convinced yet that Michigan is a great ski spot? Here are 10 Michigan ski resorts that showcase the awesome skiing this state has to offer (in no particular order):


Mount Bohemia

Address: 6532 Lac La Belle Road, Lac La Belle, MI
Opened In: 2000
Vertical: 900 ft.
Skiable Acres: 585 acres
Annual Average Snowfall: 273 in.

Easily the most talked about ski resort in Michigan, Mount Bohemia is a must-do for any skier looking for a challenge. Located in the tip top of the Keweenaw Peninsula in the UP, Mount Bohemia offers an expert only experience. No groomers and natural snow conditions offer up an authentic experience of an annual 250 inches that fall there. Steep tree stashes packed with powder along with rocks and cliffs are the real deal. Only two chairs deliver you to 900 vertical foot drops.

If you happen to ski down in between the chairs (which I recommend) a bus will pick you up on the access road and drop you off at the triple for another lap. Mount Bohemia also consists of nearby Voodoo Mountain, which is the only snow cat skiing operation east of the Rockies, and is available on a separate ticket.

Staying at one of the Mountain Cabins or Yurts is a quite the treat if you call ahead and make a reservation. The Log Cabin Bar offers up a fantastic apres scene that is known to rage well into the night with guests staying just a few steps away. The wood fired pizza is a great option for the munchies. New to BoHo this season is the largest hot tub in the UP. This jumbo-sized delight is adjacent to the bar and has the capacity for up to 30 people. This is a great place to swap powder stories and make new friends.

Prices (Full Day):
All Ages: $65
Snowcat Skiing: $150 per person


Nubs Nob

Address: 500 Nub’s Nob Road, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Opened In: 1959
Vertical: 427 ft.
Skiable Acres: 248 acres
Annual Average Snowfall: 123 in.

Nubs is continually recognized for the best grooming and best snow in the Midwest, and understandably so. The north-facing frontside can hold fantastic, skiable snow well into April. Steeps like Chute and Scarface are perfect for late afternoon hot laps. Areas like the Powerline Glades and the Southern Comfort Glades provide a perfect pitch for powder skiing when the snow is fresh and excellent bump skiing once a few tracks have been laid down. Pintail Peak is perfect for the family to ski all together in the terrain of their choice, then meet back up at the lift to ride up together.

For the best access to untracked powder, the short hike up to the Tower Chutes should be checked off any time you visit Nubs. There is also a very strong racing program that has produced several state champions over the years. Add in the friendliest ski patrol that you will find anywhere, and Nubs Nob is a perfect getaway.

Prices (Full Day):
Ages 20-64: $64 (Weekdays), $76 (Weekends), $85 (holidays)
Ages 13-19 and 65-69: $58/$66/$73
Ages 9-12: $50/$58/$73
Ages 8 and under and 70+: Free


Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resorts

Address: 1826 Schuss Mountain Ln, Mancelona, MI 49659
Opened In: 1967
Vertical: 450 ft.
Skiable Acres: 100 acres
Annual Average Snowfall: 180 in.

Shanty Creek is a gem of a resort near Bellaire that sits in the middle of a big lake-effect snow belt that can easily drop a foot of snow at a moment’s notice. The front face named Kingdom Come offers as steep of a pitch as you can find on any groomed slope. Kings Canyon is the perfect blue cruiser for any skier looking to make long, fast turns. The terrain off of the short, but fun, red chair has a great mix of smooth family runs and legitimate tree skiing.

One of the biggest strengths of Schuss Mountain is their ski school, consistently being recognized as one of best in the state. I can attest to this first hand, as I was taught there from my first day on the slopes at 6 years old up into my teens. I made sure that this was the place that both of my children learned to ski when they started at age 3. If you are lucky enough to get Sherry for your kids, you will be one happy ski parent. Schuss Mountain offers up Super Sundays deals that for $29 will get you a lift ticket, ski rental and a station-by-station group lesson that will have any first-timer falling in love with the sport.

Prices (Full Day):
Ages 18-61: $55 (Sunday-Friday), $70 (Saturdays and Holidays)
Ages 13-17 and 62-69: $50/$65
Ages 9-12: $45/$60
Ages 8 and under and 70+: $5 any day


Caberfae Peaks

Address: 1 Caberfae Lane, Cadillac, MI 49601
Opened In: 1937
Vertical: 485 ft.
Skiable Acres: 200 acres
Annual Average Snowfall: 140 in.

Near Cadillac, Caberfae Peaks is prone to getting dumped on with lake effect snow coming off of Lake Michigan. This is a very down-homey resort that is perfect for families and value-minded skiers. The base area has a perfect spot in the basement for brown bag lunches or for plugging in a crock pot for an afternoon snack. The South Peak has the most challenging terrain and the most vertical, while the North Peak is great for beginners, intermediates and the family. The steepest run on the mountain, I-75, is not always open, but presents an opportunity for you to catch some air before you drop in. Think of it as a Michigan version of Corbet’s Couloir.

In recent years, Caberfae has opened up the backcountry. This short on vertical, but rich in powder, terrain is the first spot to head to after a storm to get your fix for powder skiing.

Prices (Full Day):
Ages 18-69: $39 (Weekdays), $49 (Weekends)
Ages 13-17: $34/$44
Ages 9-12: $29/$39
Age 70 and over: $20/$25
Ages 8 and under: $5 any day


Marquette Mountain

Address: 4501 M-553, Marquette, MI 49855
Opened In: 1959
Vertical: 600 ft.
Skiable Acres: 169 acres
Annual Average Snowfall: 210 in.

Located near Northern Michigan University, Marquette Mountain is always loaded with college kids looking for a good time, while also offering up incredible skiing. It’s 600 vertical feet can get hammered with an average of 210 inches of good old fashioned Upper Peninsula snow. Upper Rocket and Cliffs Ridge provide some fall line skiing, while runs like Snowfield and Contour deliver plenty of elbow room for wide open GS style turns at a fast rate of speed. Most terrain to the skiers right is left ungroomed for skiers who want to test their skills on some back East style bumps.

A little bit of a haul from the Metro-Detroit area, Marquette Mountain is a perfect place for you to get off the beaten path and avoid the crowds for some excellent skiing at prices not often found in the lower Peninsula. Lift tickets come in at a very reasonable $48 for an adult weekend ticket.

Prices (Full Day):
Ages 18+: $38 (Weekdays), $48 (Weekends and Holidays)
Ages 7-17: $33/ $43
Ages 6 and under: Free


Crystal Mountain

Address: 12500 Crystal Mountain Dr, Thompsonville, MI 49683
Opened In: 1956
Vertical: 375 ft.
Skiable Acres: 102 acres
Annual Average Snowfall: 132 in.

Crystal Mountain is just southwest of Traverse City and offers a bustling base area with several accommodation options. Bungalows, cottages and standard hotel rooms are all just walking distance from the lifts. Larger houses with the ability to accommodate groups of twenty or more are also available just a few minutes away.

Frontside runs Thor and Loki offer short but steep pitches, while Buck is often coveted by racers looking to hone their skills. The North Face is packed with plenty of intermediate terrain and lower crowd volumes, especially on busy holiday weekends. The Buck Glades make a great option for the powder seeker when some more of that beautiful lake effect snow drops. A very large portion of the mountain is lit up for night skiing for those friday nights when you arrive or for Saturday after-dinner turns.

Prices (Full Day):
Ages 18-59: $79 (Peak Days), $69 (Pre-Peak), $59 (Regular), $49 (Low)
Ages 7-17 and 60-79: $69/49/39
Ages 6 and under and 80+: Free


Ski Brule

Address: 397 Brule Mountain Road, Iron River, MI 49935
Opened In: 1957
Vertical: 500 ft.
Skiable Acres: 150 acres
Annual Average Snowfall: 150 in.

Although a bit of a hike for many Michigan skiers, Ski Brule is definitely not one to be overlooked. Located near the Michigan/Wisconsin border in the western Upper Peninsula, Ski Brule often has the longest season, sometimes open as early as October and plugging along as late as May.

500 vertical feet and 150 inches make this a destination for many in the cheesehead state as a great place for families to ski. Runs like Homestead and Maple Syrup are almost a mile long. Wide open and uncrowded slopes are pretty commonplace in this hidden corner of the state. 33km of Cross Country and snowshoe trails along with 30km of Fat Bike Trails allow for a variety of wintertime fun.

Prices (Full Day):
Ages 18+: $49
Ages 60+: $46
Ages 10-17: $43
Ages 9 and under: Free


Boyne Mountain/Boyne Highlands

Address: 1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls, MI 49713 / 600 Highland Drive, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Opened In: 1948 / 1964
Vertical: 500 ft. / 552 ft.
Skiable Acres: 415 acres / 435 acres
Annual Average Snowfall: 140 in.

These are really two resorts that we are lumping into one. Boyne Mountain is located in Boyne Falls, while Boyne Highlands is right outside of Harbor Springs. The Boyne Resorts are always among the most popular in the state and draw big crowds, especially around the holiday ski weekends. Boyne Mountains high-speed six pack was one of the first in the country, maximizing uphill capacity to 500 vertical feet and 415 acres. Runs like Hemlock and Superbowl are steep with consistent pitches that will satisfy any speed demon.

Boyne Highlands is the more kid-friendly of the two, with a definite laid-back, family vibe to it. Not without its challenges, the Dark Side is always packed with bumps, and the short, yet steep runs off of Tournament Pass give you the ability to send it off of the top.

Both resorts offer plenty to do for the apres scene, as well. The Victor Halfway house has always got all-day parties taking place on Saturday, and is a great place to warm up during the week. The Snowflake Lounge at Boyne Mountain can also be rockin into the wee hours any given night.

Prices (Full Day):
Ages 19-64: $85 (Sundays), $75 (Monday-Thursday), $95 (Friday-Saturday)
Ages13-18 and 65-over: $75/$65/$80
Ages 6-12: $65/$55/$70.


Cannonsburg

Address: 6800 Cannonsburg Rd., Belmont, MI 49317
Opened In: 1965
Vertical: 250 ft.
Skiable Acres: 100 acres
Annual Average Snowfall: 100 in.

While Cannonsburg has a small vertical drop, it’s the strong race and freestyle scene that make it worthy of inclusion on this list. Just Northeast of Grand Rapids, Cannonsburg has a devout following of skiers that show up every weekend to get their quick fix by running some hot laps down Face and Plunge. Wednesday nights are packed with all levels of recreational racers competing against each other for the spirit of competition and bragging rights.

Equally as large as the race scene is the freestyle game; Cannonsburg is often recognized as having one of the best parks in the Midwest. Every night you can see lines of kids boosting into the air and hitting every rail in sight. A snow tubing park is offered every night of the week for riders over 42 inches tall to allow for some fun without skis on too.

Prices (Full Day):
Ages 11+: $30 (Weekdays), $37 (Weekends and Holidays)
Ages 7-10: $22/ $27
Ages 6 and under: Free

If you’re not from the area, come find out what skiers in the Mitten State already know: Michigan has some stellar skiing. There are plenty of high-quality, unique ski resorts in Michigan, many of them perfect for the skier on a budget, too. Check out the entire list of Michigan ski resorts here.

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