The two Boyne resorts in the Northwest corner of the Lower Peninsula, Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands, offer endless variety for snowboarders with 114 downhill runs at two mountains, 850 acres for riding, eight terrain parks, an 18’ superpipe plus halfpipes, 50 jibs and plenty of jumps.
Family-friendly Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Thompsonville, not far from Traverse City, is home to 45 downhill slopes, three terrain parks and, new this season on the North Face, a boarder and skier super-cross course with banks, hairpins and rollers.
Nub’s Nob Ski Resort in Harbor Springs, with 53 ski slopes and trails on three peaks, also boasts top notch snowmaking and grooming equipment and crew. This year boarders will enjoy an expanded Terrain Park, which increased the length of the pipe and height of the wall from 9’ to 12’. Also new this season: unique jibs, boxes and a new jump area.
Schuss and Summit, the two mountains of Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire, offer skiers and snowboarders 53 runs and a half pipe and four terrain parks including the groovy Yellow Mellow and the challenging Purple Daze.
Across the Michigan "Mitten" at Treetops Resort in Gaylord snowsports lovers can enjoy the 23 downhill runs and exciting terrain park, The Yard. In nearby Grayling the 1,000-acre Hanson Hills Recreation Area is an affordable snowsports center that includes a terrain park and 11 downhill ski runs.
Boarding action is not limited to Northern Michigan; a sampling of the range of terrain parks in Southeast corner of the state includes Huron-Clinton Metroparks, from Oakwoods near Flat Rock, to Stony Creek in Shelby Township, and a beginner snowboarding hill at Kensington near Milford. Alpine Valley in White Lake has 25 slopes, three terrain parks and a half pipe, and Mt. Brighton’s 130 skiable acres are home to 26 runs and a 15-acre terrain park with over 20 features, including a VW Beetle.
Timber Ridge Ski Area in Gobles, just west of Kalamazoo, has enlarged its terrain park and welcomes boarders to learn new skills at its specially designed Pumpkin Park. Pando Winter Sports Park in Rockwood, near Grand Rapids, has four hills with backwoods runs plus a terrain park and half-pipe. Family-oriented Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area in Jones, near the Indiana border, has a “starter” area for beginners or brushing up on skills as part of its terrain park in addition to 11 downhill runs.