Learn to Ski – Discover Michigan Skiing

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Want to learn to ski or snowboard?  Everyone 7 years and older can during January, Discover Michigan Skiing Month!

Ski areas across the state team up with Michigan McDonald’s restaurants to offer an affordable introduction to the sports of skiing and snowboarding. This program is for people 7 years and older for skiing and 10 years and older for snowboarding.

  • Choose to downhill ski, cross-country ski or snowboard
  • The price is just $45 per beginner session. ONE SESSION PER CUSTOMER PER LESSON TYPE. (You may take one downhill ski session, one snowboard session and one cross-country session.)


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

How to Register (Note! Not all ski areas are open and ready to take registrations yet.)

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
Marquette Mountain
Marquette (906) 225-1155
Mont Ripley
Hancock, (906) 487-2340
Pine Mountain
Iron Mountain (906) 774-2747
Ski Brule
Iron River, (906) 265-6111
Snowriver Mountain Resort
Wakefield, 800-346-3426
Northwestern Lower Peninsula
The Highlands at Harbor Springs
Harbor Springs, 231-526-3030
Boyne Mountain
Boyne Falls, (231) 549-7155
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
Forbush Corner Nordic
Frederic, 989-614-1955
Hanson Hills
Grayling, (989) 348-9266
Treetops Resort
Gaylord, 989-732-6711
West Central Lower Peninsula
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
North Muskegon, (231) 744-9629
Southwestern Lower Peninsula
Timber Ridge Ski Area
Gobles, (269) 694-9449
Southeastern Lower Peninsula
Mt. Brighton (810) 229-9581
You can direct any questions to mtbrightonskischool@vailresorts.com
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. If you book online, we can refund your money with 48-hour notice.

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) 378-2094

Don Orr Ski Haus
Traverse City, (231) 946-8810

Moosejaw Bike and Snow
Birmingham (248) 212-0565

Grand Rapids (616) 570-0135

Nichol’s Ski & Snowboard
Dearborn (313) 565-0044
Waterford (248) 674-5200

Shumaker’s Ski & Snowboard
Flint (810) 239-6931

Grosse Pointe Woods (313) 881-4363

Shumaker’s at The Stable
Saginaw (989) 799-0601

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

Swiss Valley Ski Shop
Jones (269) 244-5635

The Peak Ski and Sport
Keego Harbor (248) 594-6200

The Shop at Milham Park
Kalamazoo (269) 344-7639

Timber Ridge
Gobles (269) 694-9449

Treetops Village Ski Haus
Gaylord (989) 732-6711

Vertical Drop
Clarkston (248) 241-6509

White Birch
Gaylord (989) 732-2223