Why Northern Michigan is Ideal for Spring Skiing

Shorter lift lines, low-season rates, carnivals, and some of the best snow conditions await skiers and snowboarders on Michigan ski slopes each spring. Many ski areas remain open through the end of March, and some stay open well into April because of deep bases of natural and machine-made snow. 

Snowboarder sitting on snow at Mt. Bohemia
Snowboarding at Mount Bohemia | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan

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Spring can actually be the best time to enjoy the winter weather because of the slightly warmer average temps, full season’s worth of accumulated snow, and spring deals at many winter destinations.

Where to Ski in Michigan During Spring

Latch onto winter as long as possible at resorts around the state, especially those in the Upper Peninsula which receive the highest snowfall in Michigan. Some resorts open into the spring include:

1. Pine Mountain ResortIron Mountain

A ski run surrounded by pine trees at Pine Mountain Ski Resort
Skiing at Pin Mountain | Photo Courtesy of Instagram Fan eick.adventures

With two large terrain parks, a half pipe and numerous paths, Pine Mountain is a versatile ski resort. The resort is also ideal for evening ski runs, with 75% of the runs under lights.

2. Big Snow Resort – Wakefield

Offering 29 downhill slopes, Big Snow has a wide range of choices. The area receives over 17 feet of snow per year, perfect for hitting the slopes, terrain parks, snowmobile trails and more.

3. Mount Bohemia Adventure Resort – Mohawk

The Keweenaw Peninsula is home to the famed Mount Bohemia where the average snowfall is in the 270” range and 900 vertical feet. Located just 45 minutes north of Houghton in the Keweenaw, Bohemia is not for the faint of heart. Its 585 acres of skiable terrain are backcountry-style, meaning no groomers here. Two main lifts service the ski area, with a fleet of shuttle buses that get you back to either should you get too far away.

4. The Highlands – Harbor Springs

A man and woman riding a ski lift
The Highlands at Harbor Springs | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan

With over 432 acres, 53 runs, three terrain parks and eight lifts, The Highlands has trails for all levels of ski enthusiasts. The resort also offers a range of lodging from deluxe rooms and condos to cottages. The resort is also home to a tubing park, zipline adventures, horseback riding and more.

5. Nub’s Nob Ski Resort – Harbor Springs

Head to Nub’s Nob for nearly 250 acres of ski slopes and trails. The resort also features a race arena slope for race training, modeled after the Olympic race paths.

6. Treetops Resort – Gaylord

A man skiing down a hill at Treetops Resort
Skiing at Treetops | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan

Discover spectacular views and thrilling ski runs at Treetops Resort. Here you can also find tubing, dog sledding, sleigh rides and more for the whole family to enjoy. 

Spring Ski Discounts, Deals and Events

Sunnier days, lift ticket deals and friendly conditions make skiing in March and beyond a great experience.

Just about every ski area in the state has some sort of spring carnival with special reduced lift tickets or lodging rates. Crystal Mountain hosts an annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration with discounted lift tickets, a shamrock search and more. Or head to Shanty Creek Resorts for the annual Slush Fest, where skiers race across a 60 foot pond. For beer lovers, head to Boyne Highlands for the Brew-Ski Fest, for a weekend of craft beers, food and of course, skiing.