Learn to Ski – Discover Michigan Skiing

Mt Brighton

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 sport 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

Includes

  • 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. You may want to call now, but please understand that they may not have ski school staff available 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
DH
Mont Ripley
Hancock, (906) 487-2340
DH/SB
Pine Mountain
Iron Mountain (906) 774-2747
DH/SB
Porcupine Mountain
Ontonagon, (906) 885-5209
DH/XC/SB
Ski Brule
Iron River, 1-800-362-7853
DH
Northwestern Lower Peninsula
Boyne Highlands
Harbor Springs, 231-526-3056
DH/SB/XC
Boyne Mountain
Boyne Falls, 1-866-931-3191
DH/SB/XC
Cross Country Ski Hqts.
Roscommon, (989) 821-6661
XC
Bay Mtn. at The Homestead
Glen Arbor, (231) 334-5249
DH/SB
Mt. Holiday
Traverse City, (231) 938-2500
DH/SB
Nub's Nob
Harbor Springs, (231) 526-2131
DH/SB/XC
Shanty Creek Resorts
Bellaire, (231) 533-3000 x3383
DH/SB/XC
North Central Lower Peninsula
Hanson Hills
Grayling, (989) 348-9266
DH/SB
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
XC
Southwestern Lower Peninsula
Bittersweet Ski Area
Otsego, (269)694-2032
DH/SB
Swiss Valley Ski Area
Jones, (269) 244-5635
DH/SB
Timber Ridge Ski Area
Gobles, (269) 694-9449
DH/SB
Southeastern Lower Peninsula
Mt. Brighton
Brighton, (810) 229-9581
DH/SB
Mt. Holly
Holly, (248) 634-3249
DH/SB
Pine Knob
Clarkston, (248) 625-0800 x 4
DH/SB

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

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

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

Schummer’s 
Grosse Pointe Woods (313) 881-4363

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

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