Learn to Ski – Discover Michigan Skiing

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Discover Michigan Skiing

During January, ski areas across the state teamed up with Michigan McDonald’s restaurants to offer an affordable introduction to the sport of skiing and snowboarding. This program is for people 7 years and older for skiing and 10 years and older for snowboarding.

  • $35 Downhill Skiing or Snowboarding
  • $20 Cross-country Skiing


  • Ski or snowboard rental
  • Beginner lesson
  • Lift ticket or cross country pass

How to Register

1. Choose the ski area you want to visit from the list below.

2. Call the ski area to preregister.  Or, register online. Ski areas in BLUE below allow online reservations. But please be patient!  Some ski areas don’t have their dates online yet.

3. Fill Out This Voucher and bring it with you.  Make sure to arrive one hour prior to lesson time to get equipment.

5. Discover Michigan Skiing!

Discover Michigan Skiing includes a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross-country trail pass. Not sure what to wear?  Check out the recommendations from REI here.

Want a to watch a video lesson before you get to the slopes?  Here is a series of short videos to get you started. (We suggest skipping the ad at the start.)

Discover Michigan Skiing Participating Ski Areas

DH = Downhill Skiing, SB = Snowboarding, XC = Cross-country Skiing

Ski AreaDiscover Michigan Skiing Participation
Upper Peninsula
Big Powderhorn
Bessemer, 1-800-501-7669
Mont Ripley
Hancock, (906) 487-2340
Pine Mountain
Iron Mountain (906) 774-2747
Porcupine Mountain
Ontonagon, (906) 885-5209
Ski Brule
Iron River, 1-800-362-7853
Northwestern Lower Peninsula
Boyne Highlands
Harbor Springs, 231-526-3056
Boyne Mountain
Boyne Falls, 1-866-931-3191
Cross Country Ski Hqts.
Roscommon, (989) 821-6661
Bay Mtn. at The Homestead
Glen Arbor, (231) 334-5249
Mt. Holiday
Traverse City, (231) 938-2500
Nub's Nob
Harbor Springs, (231) 526-2131
Shanty Creek Resorts
Bellaire, (231) 533-3000 x3383
North Central Lower Peninsula
Hanson Hills
Grayling, (989) 348-9266
Treetops Resort
Gaylord, 989-732-6711
DH/SB/XC Reserve online for DH/SB. Call for XC reservations
West Central Lower Peninsula
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
North Muskegon, (231) 744-9629
Southwestern Lower Peninsula
Bittersweet Ski Area
Otsego, (269)694-2032
Swiss Valley Ski Area
Jones, (269) 244-5635
Timber Ridge Ski Area
Gobles, (269) 694-9449
Southeastern Lower Peninsula
Mt. Brighton
Brighton, (810) 229-9581
Discover Michigan AM Ski
Discover Michigan PM Ski
Discover Michigan AM Snowboard
Discover Michigan PM Snowboard
Mt. Holly
Holly, (248) 634-3249
Pine Knob
Clarkston, (248) 625-0800 x 4

If you need to cancel or change your reservation, please contact the ski area directly.

Special Bonus for Signing Up!

Everyone who completes the Discover Michigan Skiing program will receive a packet of ski information in the mail next fall, including a coupon valid for $20 off the purchase of $100 or more in ski-related merchandise at the participating MSIA retail ski shops listed below.

  • Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus
    Grand Rapids (616) 458-1684
  • Boyne Country Sports
    Bloomfield Hills (248) 338-0803
    Boyne Mtn. Boyne Falls (231) 549-6006
    Grand Rapids (616) 420-6060
    Novi (248) 347-3323
    Petoskey (231) 439-4906
    Traverse City (231) 941-1999
    Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs (231) 526-3006
  • Crystal Mountain Sports
    Thompsonville (231) 378-2000 ext. 4400
  • Don Orr Ski Haus
    Traverse City, (231) 946-8810
  • Don Thomas Sporthaus
    Birmingham (248) 220-1999
  • Nichol’s Ski & Snowboard
    Dearborn (313) 565-0044
    Waterford (248) 674-5200
  • Pine Knob
    Clarkston, (248) 625-0800
  • Shumaker’s Ski & Snowboard
    Flint (810) 239-6931
  • The Peak Ski and Sport
    Keego Harbor (248) 594-6200
  • Shumaker’s at The Stable
    Saginaw (989) 799-0601
  • Summit Sports
    Brighton (810) 227-6877
    East Lansing (517) 332-4000
    Bloomfield Hills (248) 738-4444
    The Shop at Cannonsburg (616) 874-8050

    Sun & Snow Sports, Inc.
    Ann Arbor (734) 663-9515
    Plymouth (734) 927-0007

    Swiss Valley Ski Shop
    Jones (269) 244-5635

    Treetops Village Ski Haus
    Gaylord (989) 732-6711

    Timber Ridge
    Gobles (269) 694-9449

    Uncle Jib’s Ski Shop
    Holland (616) 416-3010

    White Birch
    Gaylord (989) 732-2223