Michigan’s beautiful winter weather provides premium opportunities for winter sports fans to enjoy the season. Skiers and snowboarders can look forward to an exciting winter with many places to enjoy Michigan’s snow-filled slopes and trails. With 51 ski areas, more than 260 lifts, nearly 1,000 runs, more than 50 terrain parks and hundreds of kilometers of groomed cross-country trails, everyone can find the perfect place to enjoy some Pure Michigan snow.
Michigan’s ski resorts are constantly working to improve and grow to ensure skiers and snowboarders are having the best experience. This includes things like a new tow rope at Mt. Holiday in Traverse City, a larger ski shop at Mont Ripley in Houghton and new snow technology and special events at resorts across the state.
The following is a rundown of other improvements and special offers for the 2012-2013 season:
Big Powderhorn, Bessemer, Mich.
Big Powderhorn is celebrating the first full winter season for the new Gun Barrel Lodge, which has received high praise for its convenient and modern design features. 1-800-501-SNOW (7669)
Blackjack Resort, Bessemer, Mich.
At Blackjack Resort, there are continued improvements in snowmaking as well as added glade skiing (runs cut through the trees). 906-229-5115
Pine Mountain, Iron Mountain, Mich.
Pine Mountain will partner with the Kiwanis Ski Club to host the Pine Mountain Ski Jump Weekend. The top jumpers in the world will be participating in this event. 906-774-2747
Mount Bohemia, Keweenaw Peninsula, Mich.
This season brings the addition of new runs and a new snocat skiing area. 231-420-5405
Marquette Mountain, Marquette, Mich.
Nine new gladed runs were marked for this year and snowmaking capacity has been increased with the purchase of additional snowmaking guns. In addition, Marquette Mountain is adding more weekday hours by opening at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. 906-225-1155
Nub’s Nob Ski Area, Harbor Springs, Mich.
Nub’s Nob has added six guns to the Easy Mile Slope bringing the total snowgun arsenal to 282. They increased snowmaking capacity and made some significant changes in distribution infrastructure with the addition of six guns to the Easy Mile Slope, bringing their total snowgun arsenal to 282. New grooming machines were also purchased. Families will be excited about the addition of a “just for kids” trail on the Nub’s Nob South. Additional night lighting was added to sections of Nub’s South and Dorie’s Bowl. 231-526-2131 or 1-800-SKI-NUBS
Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs, Mich.
Boyne Highlands is featuring a new spa facility available to guests this winter, in addition to upgrades at the Main Lodge. Snowmaking capacity has been increased with the addition of 40 fan guns and the resort has added electronic live-time signage at the base of the slopes providing easy access to the open/close status of trails and chairlifts. Boyne Highlands has partnered with Burton Snowboards to develop Riglet Park for the 2012-2013 season. Riglet Parks offer on-snow play areas with fun terrain and features designed to introduce children ages 3 to 6 to snowboarding. 1-800-GO-BOYNE
Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, Mich.
Snowmaking efficiency and capacity has been upgraded with the installation of an additional 1,000 gallons-per-minute water pump and ten fan guns. New live-time signage provides immediate access to the open/close status of trails and chairlifts, and Boyne Mountain’s beginner chairlift, Boyneland, will see increased up-hill capacity this season with the addition of 13 triple chairs on the lift. Boyne Mountain is also introducing a Riglet Park this winter and opening a Burton-exclusive store at the resort. Boyne Mountain’s tubing park is being expanded and the resort is introducing winter fly fishing trips. 1-800-GO-BOYNE
Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire, Mich.,
In partnership with Monster Energy, major renovations and expansion of terrain parks have been completed. The ski area is retiring its half pipe and in its place adding Big Air ramps and landings to Elf Shelf. In addition, they are adding a beginner’s terrain park called “Low Rider.” Like many other ski areas, Shanty Creek has made improvements to its snowmaking equipment by adding ten new snow guns. For the cross-country skier, Shanty Creek is doubling the lighting on Moonlite Run. For additional diverse winter activity, they have expanded the tubing park and snowmobile rentals are returning this winter. 1-800-678-4111
Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville, Mich.
Crystal Mountain is adding snow bikes this winter for northern Michigan’s only dedicated snow bike trail system. The resort has also added to their snowmaking capacity this year with new water pipes and more snow guns. More than half of the Wintergreen condominiums units have been upgraded with new kitchens and bathrooms. 1-800-968-7686 or 231-378-2000
Caberfae Peaks, Cadillac, Mich.
Thirty-two additional energy-efficient snowmaking fan guns, along with the expansion of the snowmaking reservoir, several snowmaking pipe installations and various electrical upgrades all add up to a major increase in snow making ability. A new Bombardier Snow Groomer will assist with keeping all that snow groomed for skiing. 231-862-3000
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, Mich.
The resort has extended the Rolling Hills Trail and installed a big outdoor bonfire pit on the sun deck of the Stone Turtle Day Lodge. Every full moon during the ski season (snow permitting) Cross Country Ski Headquarters will light the Trapper’s Cabin ski trail with torches, creating a truly unique and memorable nighttime experience. 989-821-6661
Snow Snake Ski & Golf, Harrison, Mich.
The beginner terrain park, introduced mid-season last year, is now a permanent fixture, in addition to the main terrain park. The Zip Line, which will be open this winter, received new, upgraded landings. 989-539-6583
Mt. Holly, Holly, Mich.
The snowmaking system was expanded by adding a pump and piping which will increase water output by approximately 20 percent. More water means more snow when temperatures dip below 28 degrees this winter. 248-634-8269
Learn more about skiing in Michigan in the video below, from the Pure Michigan winter video series:
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