The Groundhog Day prediction was for an early spring, but skiers and snowboarders can still enjoy late season deals and special events on Pure Michigan slopes and trails. With more than 40 ski areas and their 840 runs, 200 chairlifts and over 40 terrain parks---plus 3,000 miles of cross-country ski trails---the Great Lakes State is one of the top ski destinations in the Midwest.
This is home to the U.S. National Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum, founded in 1954 in the Upper Peninsula city of Ishpeming, the “birthplace of organized skiing.”
Snow sports enthusiasts can choose the terrain that best suits their ability, budget, and locale, from the gentle slopes in the southern part of the state to the highly rated resorts in the northern Lower Peninsula, and formidable verticals in the rugged Upper Peninsula.
Depending on Mother Nature’s mood (and, if need be, the assist of snowmaking equipment) this Pure Michigan ski season will linger into spring.
Southern Lower Peninsula
The state’s southernmost slopes extend the season with state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment, but when it’s time to close things out some ski areas host fun events like the annual Slurpee and Costume Contest at Swiss Valley in Jones, just 17 miles north of the Indiana border. Sign up to receive texts with updates on conditions and deals at Timber Ridge in Gobles, near Kalamazoo.
For downhill skiing deals near Detroit, head to the hills at Mt. Brighton Ski Area for Sunday Family Night, Four for $40 Monday, and Two for Tuesday savings through the third week of March (weather permitting). Other Detroit area ski areas are Mt. Holly, scenic Alpine Valley near White Lake, and Clarkston’s Pine Knob.
Northern Lower Peninsula
Some of the best ski resorts in the Midwest are in the upper region of Michigan’s Mitten. In the Gaylord area Treetops Resort winds down its season with the Amazing Race Weekend March 11-13 and wacky fun and entertainment during the March 18-20 Spring Fling.
Be sure to consult Caberfae Peaks Ski Resort’s handy calendar for midweek and weekend ski packages and lodging-only prices at a glance. Cool ski deals include Silver Streak, Family Days, and College Nights. The Cadillac resort closes out its ski season on March 26.
Crystal Mountain resort in Thompsonville packs the March calendar with family-friendly activities like an on-slope kayak race and Slush Cup during Spring Fling Weekend, March 12-13. There are special activities and rates March 13-17 for Canadian March Break and St. Patrick’s Day activities, plus a free night with a two-night stay March 13-17.
At Shanty Creek’s Schuss Mountain in Bellaire there’ll be tons o’fun at Irish Weekend, March 11-13. Deals for Michigan’s international neighbors follow during Canadian Week, March 14-18.
Nub’s Nob, near Harbor Springs, offers its Canadian Discount Period March 14-20, and hosts the 49th Nub’s Nob Open slalom racing event March 19. The annual Late Season Spring Discount Period and Spring Ski & Ride promotion kick off March 21; find special rates for downhill skiers and snowboarders, and lift tickets included with lodging at area participating properties through the Petoskey Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Soaker Cup, costume contest and more fun fill Mardi Gras March 26. Nub’s Nob is planning to close for the season with its annual Telebration April 10.
Head to the Boyne Resorts for a variety of events through March. Salute the snow and suds with the 2nd Annual Brew-Ski Festival March 12 at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, where family fun is the theme of Krazy Daze on March 19 and racing action takes over March 26-27. “Mardi Gras Meets the Mountain” in Boyne Falls March 18-20 during Carnival Weekend at Boyne Mountain Resort.
The Western UP is Big Snow Country, where the typical 200” annual snowfall usually means a long ski season. Head to Porcupine Mountains Ski Area near Ontonagon Friday through Monday to enjoy Alpine skiing with spectacular views of Lake Superior, a 787-foot vertical drop, 42 runs, plus Snowcat Skiing over 100 acres of backcountry “Everest” terrain.
The Pow Wow in the Pines Music Festival sounds fun at Indianhead Mountain in Wakefield March 18-19. Check out the Snofari Special offer of three nights for the price of two, and mark your calendar for the crowd-pleasing Famous Bikini Race March 19 followed by the annual Slush Cup March 26.
Big Powderhorn Mountain in Bessemer hosts its Spring Carnival Weekend with a Springy Slope Style contest and games for the family March 19-20, followed by Slushy Style Spring Skiing March 26-27 before closing April 2. Neighboring Blackjack Resort invites you to Board ‘Til You Drop on the lit terrain park in an all-night event March 12. The annual St. Patty’s Day Weekend is March 19-20 and includes the Slush Cup across the 50-foot pond. Planned season closer is April 3rd.
Special rates and packages for families, seniors, military, and evening and midweek skiers await at Marquette Mountain Ski Area. Fun and games March 11-12 include Hot Dog Day, followed by the March 19-20 Spring Carnival featuring the Polar Plunge.
Dress in a costume and get half-off tickets for family fun at the Brule Bash (.pdf 327kb) at Ski Brule in Iron River, March 19-20. Head to the 55th Anniversary (.pdf 2722kb) celebration April 2-3, and enjoy a Spring Break Lift & Lodging Package Special from March 22-April 10. Ski Brule, which vows that of all Michigan resorts it will be “the first to open and the last to close,” wraps the season with its Life’s A Mountain Beach Party (.pdf 617kb) April 16-17 featuring games plus half-price ski/ride tickets to those in beachwear.