With dozens of challenging downhill and Nordic ski areas, family-friendly lodging, top notch instructional programs, and plenty of après ski diversions, the state deserves its outstanding reputation.
As a seemingly endless bolt of alluring, white carpeting is rolled out across the two peninsulas, Michigan is fit for winter royalty. Downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, tubing and snowshoeing in Michigan offer enough thrills to cure any case of cabin fever. This diversity of snowsport options, often within a single resort or ski area, invites families to vacation together and still lets everyone do their own thing.
Numerous Michigan resorts and ski areas offer outstanding learn-to-ski programs for beginners of every age and for experienced skiers looking to stay sharp. Michigan offers dozens of ski destinations. Check our list of downhill ski areas and cross country destinations to find the perfect class.
Ski areas across the state have teamed up with Michigan McDonald’s restaurants to offer an exciting and very affordable introduction to the sport of skiing and snowboarding, Discover Michigan Skiing. The program includes a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross country trail pass. The lesson normally covers basic maneuvering on skis or snowboards, including stopping, turning, riding the lifts and getting up from a fall. The prices for the Discover Michigan Snowsports program are: $20 for Discover Michigan Cross Country Skiing; $30 for Discover Michigan Downhill Skiing; and $40 for Discover Michigan Snowboarding. The program is open to everyone seven years and older.
For more winter sports updates, contact the Michigan Snowsports Association.