December 1, 2023

What’s new on Michigan’s ski slopes and trails for the 2023/24 winter

Seven new chairlifts, including a 6-person bubble lift, some international notoriety and a host of capital improvements top our list of things new on Michigan’s slopes and trails this winter.

“There is a lot of good news for snow lovers right now as demand for skiing continues to grow following the pandemic in 2020. What we are seeing is more investing in infrastructure, including snowmaking and chairlifts,” says Steve Kershner, chairman of the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) and director of snow sports for Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire. “Ultimately all of us who love to ski are the benefactors of these investments,” he added.

“Early on during the pandemic most ski areas paused major capital improvements as none of us knew what would happen next,” said Ben Doornbos, general manager of Nub’s Nob Ski Area in Harbor Springs. “In the following years we have witnessed a resurgence in the sport of skiing that has allowed many Michigan ski areas to invest in capital improvement projects,” Doornbos added.

In addition, Michigan’s hidden gem, Mount Bohemia, has earned the designation as the number one destination in North America for skiing by USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice. “It goes to show the appreciation and support of our passionate customer base,” said Lonie Glieberman, president of Mount Bohemia. “This is not only a huge moment for Mount Bohemia, but also great for Michigan. Our state is a world-class tourism destination in winter, summer and fall.”

MSIA has compiled the following list of updates from ski areas across Michigan.


Southeast Michigan Ski Resort Updates

Alpine Valley Ski Area

300′ vertical drop, 25 runs, 100 skiable acres, 5 terrain parks. 34% Beginner, 36% Intermediate, 30% Advanced

Alpine Valley is the local ski area for many in southeast Michigan. Alpine Valley also hosts multiple events throughout the season, so there is always something exciting to do on snow in metro Detroit.

  • New lift!  Alpine is one of the six ski areas sporting a new lift this season.  Theirs is a Skytrac triple chair and it replaces the old Chair 2 and Chair 3.
  • More guns:
  • Thirty new snow guns, most placed along the new chair, Boardercross Track and Big Air Terrain Park.
  • Rentals have moved and can now be found in the main lodge for convenience.
  • Multi-area season pass: Wisconsin Resorts, parent company for Pine Knob, Mt. Holly, Bittersweet, Alpine Valley (WI), Alpine Valley (MI) and Searchmont Resort (Canada). Skiers now have the option to purchase a multi-area pass that covers Alpine Valley (MI) with all their resorts. Six resort passes, one price!


Mt. Brighton

230′ vertical drop, 24 runs, 130 skiable acres, 5 terrain parks. 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced

Mt. Brighton has the most skiable acres in southeast Michigan and is conveniently located halfway between Detroit and Lansing, and less than 30 minutes from Ann Arbor. Vail has invested $10 million into improvements at Mt. Brighton since their purchase of the ski area in 2012. Those improvements have included snowmaking enhancements, conversion from rope tows to magic carpets in the beginner area, new chair lifts, and a complete renovation of the base area.

  • Technology update: Your phone is now your lift ticket at Mt. Brighton! Download the new MY Epic app, prepay and you’re This app also enables skiers and riders to make resort charges, check lift line status, view interactive trail maps and more.


Mt. Holly

350′ vertical drop, 19 runs, 100 skiable acres, 3 terrain parks. 30% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 20% Advanced

At 350 feet of vertical, Mt. Holly has the largest vertical drop of the southeastern Michigan ski resorts, with varied terrain that caters to skiers of all skill levels. Keep an eye out once the temperatures fall, because Mt. Holly has shown a willingness to blast their snow guns to open when the weather cooperates.

  • New lift coming: Holly is one of the six ski areas with a new lift. However, it won’t be operational until next season.  Stay tuned!
  • Multi-area season pass: Wisconsin Resorts, parent company for Pine Knob, Mt. Holly, Bittersweet, Alpine Valley (WI), Alpine Valley (MI) and Searchmont Resort (Canada). Skiers now have the option to purchase a multi-area pass that covers Mt. Holly with all their resorts. Six resort passes, one price!
  • Snowmaking updates: Mt. Holly is the manufacturing hub for building snowguns for Wisconsin Resort ski areas. Mt. Holly sent snowguns to Searchmont in previous years, and Alpine Valley (MI) last year. In addition to the guns sent to Alpine Valley, Mt. Holly built and installed ten new guns to use at home.


Pine Knob

300′ vertical drop, 17 runs, 80 skiable acres, 3 terrain parks. 20% Beginner, 20% Intermediate, 40% Advanced, 20% Expert

Located 30 minutes from Detroit, Pine Knob is convenient to many Metro Detroiters. Not content to sit on success, Pine Knob keeps busy off-season building new features for its progression park and soliciting feedback on social media. But besides terrain parks, Pine Knob has terrain for all abilities.

  • Multi-area season pass: Wisconsin Resorts, parent company for Pine Knob, Mt. Holly, Bittersweet, Alpine Valley (WI), Alpine Valley (MI) and Searchmont Resort (Canada). Skiers now have the option to purchase a multi-area pass that covers Pine Knob, with all their resorts. Six resort passes, one price


Southwest Michigan Ski Resort Updates

Bittersweet Ski Resort

350′ vertical drop, 20 runs, 100 skiable acres, 2 terrain parks. 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced

At 350 vertical feet, Bittersweet offers the largest vertical drop of the southwestern resorts in Michigan. For those that are unaware, Bittersweet is a sister resort to Mt. Holly, Alpine Valley, and Pine Knob in southeast Michigan, and Searchmont Resort in Ontario.

  • Multi-area season pass: Wisconsin Resorts, parent company for Pine Knob, Mt. Holly, Bittersweet, Alpine Valley (WI), Alpine Valley (MI) and Searchmont Resort (Canada). Skiers now have the option to purchase a multi-area pass that covers Bittersweet, with all their resorts. Six resort passes, one price!
  • Lift updates: Called the Snow Flyer, Bittersweet installed a new high-speed lift last year. The resort realigned the high speed Sweet Express as well in preparation for Snow Flyer, which replaced the Snowberry chairlift and loads near the base lodge.
  • Amenity updates: Outdoor seating proved popular during the pandemic. Like many resorts, Bittersweet expanded outdoor options by building a second outdoor heated patio area.



250′ vertical drop, 21 runs, 100 skiable acres, 5 terrain parks. 35% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 15% Advanced

Cannonsburg Ski Area, established in 1965, offers outdoor activities and events all year round. Located just 15 minutes northeast of downtown Grand Rapids, Cannonsburg branched beyond snowsports to become a place for family fun, corporate events, weddings, and other recreational activities. In addition to skiing, snowboarding, multiple terrain parks, fat biking, Cannonsburg offers the largest tubing facility in the state. The tubing lanes utilize magic carpets that carry you up the hill and allow maximum trips down.


Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park

15 km marked, groomed, and lit cross-country ski trails.  Five different trail systems for all levels of skiers.

Like its name suggests, the Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park features one of only four luge tracks in the United States. It’s the only kunstbahn track (German for artificial track) made from natural ice and not refrigerated. The 850 ft. track was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley. Shorter in length than the Olympic tracks in Lake Placid and Salt Lake City, the Muskegon track provides an Olympic thrill with the first-time luge athletes in mind. It consists of six curves and two starting areas. Public participants receive equipment and training before sliding at speeds up to 30 mph.

  • Other amenities: Cross-country skiing is a large draw to the park.  Much of the terrain is gentle and winds through the woods, dunes, and Lost Lake allowing skiers to explore a variety of Muskegon State Park’s natural features. The trails are groomed for skate and classical skiing daily, as conditions dictate, and lit every night until the park closes. Rental equipment is also available. Muskegon Luge Adventure Park also features a two-acre natural ice rink, ice skating trails through the woods and snowshoeing.


Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl

130′ vertical drop, 6 runs, 7 skiable acres, terrain parks. 25% Beginner, 25% Intermediate, 25% Advanced, 25% Expert

Serviced exclusively by rope tows, Mulligan’s Hollow is a local non-profit ski hill in the sand dunes of Grand Haven. Mulligan’s Hollow might lack the vertical feet of the other resorts, but they make up for it with their goal to bring snowsports to everyone. As a non-profit, Mulligan’s Hollow relies on volunteers, donors, and fundraisers for improvements and infrastructure. This includes snowmaking, a snow cat, warming hut, terrain park, and a hillside sound system.

It has been the mission to make Mulligan’s Hollow an affordable area for anyone that wants to experience the excitement of skiing and snowboarding. Mulligan’s Hollow offers lift pass scholarships, ski and snowboard lessons, rental equipment, school programs, freestyle clubs, and exciting events throughout the season. -Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl


Swiss Valley

225′ vertical drop, 11 runs, 60 skiable acres, 2 terrain parks. 36% Beginner, 36% Intermediate, 27% Advanced

Swiss Valley, Michigan’s southernmost ski area, is the closest place to ski or snowboard in Michigan if you are from Chicago or Indiana. Swiss Valley boasts night skiing on 100% of their terrain.


Timber Ridge

250′ vertical drop, 16 runs, 50 skiable acres, 2 terrain parks. 44% Beginner, 38% Intermediate, 0% Advanced, 19% Expert

Located near Gobles, Michigan, the family-oriented ski area has eight ski lifts, two terrain parks, and a tubing park. The terrain difficulty ranges from beginner to advanced, but most of the trails are at the easy or intermediate level.

  • Snowmaking enhancements: Last year Timber Ridge invested heavily into snowmaking and grooming. The resort purchased five new TechnoAlpin snowguns, one of which is the TechnoAlpin TR10, one of the larger guns on the market. The portable snowgun allows the resort to focus snow wherever it is needed, even when temperatures are marginal. These updates bring Timber Ridge’s total to 11 TechnoAlpin snowguns across two towers and nine portable machines. What good is all this snow without groomers though? Well, worry not, because Timber Ridge tripled their groomer fleet with the purchase of two additional snowcats; a Prinroth BisonX and BR 275
  • Lift updates: Last year Timber Ridge replaced the Pine rope tow with a magic carpet, making it easier for first timers to access beginner terrain. You will find the old Pine rope tow uphill now, which doubles the beginner skiable acreage at Timber Ridge.
  • Amenity updates: Like many resorts, Timber Ridge expanded outdoor seating and added additional fireplaces.
  • Infrastructure updates: Increased high efficiency LED lighting on slopes will improve night visibility while reducing energy consumption.


Northern Michigan Ski Resort Updates

The Highlands (formerly Boyne Highlands)

552′ vertical drop, 55 runs, 435 skiable acres, 4 terrain parks. 35% Beginner, 29% Intermediate, 35% Advanced 2% Expert

The northern Michigan resort is celebrating its 60th year in business and coming full circle with lift innovation with the debut of Camelot 6, a six-person, high-speed Doppelmayr D-Line bubble chairlift, a first in the Midwest.  The Highlands, formerly Boyne Highlands, had the world’s first bubble chairlift in the early 1960s.

New Lift:  Ride in ultra-comfort on the new 6-person bubble lift. Seats are heated, extra wide, and ergonomically designed footrests.  A tinted, weatherproof bubble keeps riders warm and protected from elements while being whisked up the slopes at a swift 6m/s, the fastest in the Midwest.

  • 60th Celebration:  Includes a day of festivities on Tuesday, December 26, offering lift ticket deals, live music, food & drink specials, and more.  The resort’s annual Anniversary Weekend, January 19-21, offers another chance to celebrate with a European style market and fireworks.
  • Night Skiing News: Head to the slopes midweek for Slopes after Sundown available Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m.  Night skiing tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for youth and seniors.  Add rental equipment for only $5 more.  Plus, ski even more with expanded night terrain.  The Highlands has added lights to four additional trails – North and South Tournament, Camelot Bowl, and Valley View – for a total of 326 acres of night skiing.
  • On the Snow: Upgrades include eight carriage SMI Super PoleCats and two Super PoleCat towers, plus two miles of new air and water lines, along with snowmaking vaults for the hydrants and electrical system, and new electrical wiring. For cross-country skiing, a new Pisen Bully 100 Cross Country groomer provides added consistency and the ability to expand Nordic trails for skate and double track skiing this winter. The Funland terrain park is shifting to the north side of upper Camelot and expanding to include more beginner features. Rounding out the on slope moves, a new glade area on the south end offers open tree skiing and an intermediate pitch ending at the Valley runs.


Boyne Mountain

500′ vertical drop, 65 runs, 415 skiable acres, 7 terrain parks. 29% Beginner, 41% Intermediate, 29% Advanced 1% Expert

Steeped in history and innovation, Boyne Mountain is marking this winter’s 75th anniversary with a show-stopping array of upgrades, attractions, and experiences building on its legacy as the premier winter destination of the Midwest.

  • Going up! Boyne Mountain is debuting two new lifts this winter, replacements for Boyneland and Superbowl in its quest for the most advanced lift infrastructure in the Midwest.  Boyneland, a former triple located in the resort’s beginner area, is now a four-person Dopplemayr fixed grip chairlift that expands capacity and transports riders up-hill in under four minutes – half the former ride time.  The new lift has been realigned for easier access within the base area and smoother unloading for accessing the Boyneland slope.  The greater accessibility also allows Boyneland to become the gateway with quick and convenient access to the Disciples 8 lift, and family-friendly terrain within the Disciples Ridge area. The Superbowl lift, servicing expert-rated terrain on the south end of the slopes, has been replaced with a three-person Dopplemayr fixed grip chairlift – the fastest in the Midwest.  The new lift was shifted downward to provide easier loading access and additional space at the top for an improved unloading experience. Both the new Boyneland and Superbowl lifts have loading conveyors, and RFID gates providing hands-free, direct-to-lift access to the slopes. Another up-hill advancement at Boyne Mountain this winter is a new 400-foot Sunkid covered conveyor, which replaces the existing conveyor in the beginner area.
  • Celebrating 75:This winter, Boyne Mountain celebrates its 75th anniversary. Kicking off the festivities from January 10 – 13, for 75 hours straight, skiers can hit the slopes to help raise funds for Challenge Mountain with a goal of raising $40,000 in honor of their 40th anniversary. Festivities also include a public party, a drone show, live musical acts throughout the weekend, snow sculptures, and more.
  • On The Slopes: Snowmaking improvements include a new booster; new stationary HKD snowmakers; two new fully automatic fan guns and miles of new pipe. Boyne Mountain has also added two new snow cats to its fleet – a PistenBully 100 and PistenBully 400.
  • In the Park: Already a popular pastime at Boyne Mountain Resort, the Top Notch Tubing Park is getting a glow up this winter with the addition of music and color changing LED lights, plus a new 530-foot covered Sunkid conveyor.


Caberfae Peaks

485′ vertical drop, 34 runs, 200 skiable acres, 2 terrain parks. 35% Beginner, 35% Intermediate, 29% Advanced

Caberfae Peaks opened in January 1938, making it one of the oldest ski resorts in the country. Caberfae lies within Michigan’s lake-effect snow belt and receives nearly 12 feet of natural snowfall each season. In addition to lift-serviced terrain, Caberfae also provides ungroomed backcountry terrain for those numerous fresh powder days. Consisting of two peaks, Caberfae provides the highest elevation for lift-serviced terrain in the Lower Peninsula. The North Peak is home to beginner and intermediate terrain, and winding trails through the woods. The South Peak features steep and advanced terrain.

  • More power: Consumers Energy teams worked eight straight 12-hour days to bring power line upgrades to Caberfae Peaks, completing the project just prior to opening for the season. Teams installed almost five miles of new power lines and nearly 40 new poles.

We are looking forward to having the ability to operate our snowmaking plant at 100% capacity. The upgrades have also positioned us well for increased reliability and will accommodate future growth and continued upgrades at Caberfae. – Caberfae Peaks Team


Challenge Mountain

Challenge Mountain is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing year-round adaptive recreation for individuals living with disabilities.  In the winter months they offer adaptive skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding on their 160-acre property in a family-friendly environment. During the spring, summer, and fall Challenge Mountain offers a variety of outdoor activities including biking, fishing, and kayaking.

We believe that all people, regardless of ability, should have opportunities to experience life and adventure! – Linda Armstrong, Challenge Mountain Program Director


Cross Country Ski Headquarters

Over 11 miles (18 km) of cross-country ski trails suitable for all abilities and “Ginzu” groomed every morning with the same groomer used in the Olympics. All track set and groomed for skaters.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters (XC Ski HQ) is a specialty cross country ski shop and premier Nordic skiing destination in Michigan and throughout the country. Named #2 Cross Country Ski Destination in North America by USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards in 2018, XC SKi HQ is most known for pristine ski trails, a warm and welcoming lodge atmosphere, and an outstanding selection of cross- country ski equipment and clothing with top notch service.

  • Event updates: Fun-seekers will enjoy a slew of outdoor events that will take place throughout the winter, including free beginner ski lessons, food and drink events, live music, and more. Start with Winter Trails Day, January 6th, where beginner skiers receive a free trail pass and ski lesson, plus discounted rental rates. Cross Country Ski Headquarters offers free beginner lessons most Saturdays throughout the winter. Enjoy a taste of the Alps at the Bavarian Ski Festival on Saturday, January 20th. Stein-holding contests, Team Ski Time Trials, a costume contest, plus German sausages, and beer served by German Dave. Returning this year is the gourmet, candle-lit, Winter Feast dinner on February 2nd; Paella on January 28th, and Winterfest on February 16. There are more events listed on their website.


Crystal Mountain

375′ vertical drop, 59 runs, 103 skiable acres, 3 terrain parks. 22% Beginner, 48% Intermediate, 30% Advanced

Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort destination located 28 miles southwest of Traverse City and a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The 1,500-acre resort features lodging, dining, downhill and cross-country skiing, two championship golf courses, shopping, award-winning Crystal Spa, Michigan’s only alpine slide, Peak Fitness, the Park at Water’s Edge, Michigan Legacy Art Park, a wedding venue, a conference center, and real estate options.

  • Snowmaking Update: With the addition of five new snow guns, Crystal Mountain now boasts a total of 177 snowmaking machines. The new Super Puma Snowmakers, from Michigan-based SMI, are exceptionally efficient, producing even more snow than their predecessors, ensuring optimal skiing and snowboarding conditions throughout the season.
  • Grooming news: The newest addition to the groomer fleet is the PistenBully 400. This state-of-the-art groomer is not only designed to increase productivity but also has the cleanest exhaust technology, meeting Tier 4 Final emission standards.
  • New Pass Options: For the very first time, Crystal Mountain is proud to offer the Freedom Pass to Premier Passholders. This special passholder perk unlocks the freedom to explore more than 20 resorts across the country, including nearby Caberfae Peaks, for three days with zero blackout dates. This is in addition to the already established reciprocal deal at Mount Bohemia, plus passholders enjoy discounts on lessons, lodging, retail and Crystal Spa.
  • Introducing Flaik: Crystal Mountain is taking a significant step towards improving kids’ learning experience on the slopes. “Flaik” utilizes a GPS tag that students will wear during their lessons which allows snowsports instructors to track their progress, and it also gives instructors and parents more peace of mind knowing where the kids are on the slopes. Plus, student progress reports and satisfaction surveys will be included in the “Re-live Your Lesson” follow-up messaging.
  • Igloo Dining: For those looking for a unique dining experience, there will be outdoor igloos available for reservation at the Wild Tomato. The 12-foot diameter domes can fit up to eight people inside to enjoy a special selection of beverages, small plates, and sweet treats Blankets and a faux fireplace heater to keep it extra cozy.

“What we love about the Super Pumas is the snow quality and the throw,” said Mike Cutler, director of Mountain Operations. “Our goal is to create more snow, more efficiently, and by investing in these automated, high-tech snow guns, our snowmakers can be strategic about when and where to cover the slopes.”


Forbush Corner Nordic

Over 25 km of dedicated ski trails groomed for both classic and skate skiing, over 10km of dedicated snowshoe trails

Forbush Corner Nordic is a recreational non-profit 501(c)(3) cross country ski facility where families can enjoy miles of rolling, wooded trails that are designed for all ability levels.  The entire trail system is groomed with large Pisten Bully snow cat(s) to provide classic tracks and skate lanes.  Forbush Corner Nordic also utilizes a SMI snowmaking system (2 km figure 8 loop) that almost guarantees skiing for much of the winter.  Forbush Corner Nordic is in the Northern Michigan snowbelt which is a micro-climate that receives early and frequent snowfalls.

  • Additional Amenities: Ski and snowshoe rentals for on-site usage, lessons with a PSIA-AASI Level III instructor, pro shop featuring Madshus skis and equipment, snowshoes, wax, and apparel, expert ski boot fitting services, binding mounting and wax services, ski shop, warming room, and new yurt for changing and taking a break, variety of snacks and drinks for purchase.


Hanson Hills

225′ vertical drop, 11 runs, 1 terrain park, 125 skiable acres. 50% Beginner, 50% Intermediate

Hanson Hills, located in Grayling, is one of Michigan’s first ski areas. Snowboarders will find 3 surface lifts, a terrain park, tubing, and a snowsports school to get you on the slopes. Other options at Hanson Hills include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat tire biking.

  • “We are one of Northern Michigan’s hidden gems.  Enjoy a great Family Atmosphere at a very affordable price. Our Ski Area offers Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding, Tubing, Snow Shoe Trails, and over 35km of Groomed Nordic Ski Trails. Learn to Ski or Snowboard with our Professional Snow Sports School– Hanson Hills Management


Hickory Hills Ski Area

15 runs with 3 beginner, 8 intermediate, and 3 advanced runs, 1 freestyle terrain park.

Owned and operated by Traverse City, Hickory Hills offers downhill and cross-country skiing right within the confines of the city. The top of Swede trail offers great views of Grand Traverse Bay and Downtown Traverse City.

  • Infrastructure updates: Last year the Hickory Hills crew made numerous updates.  Skiers and riders can now enjoy six rope tows, one conveyor lift and 15 runs, of which 14 are lit for night skiing. They previously had 8 runs. They’ve also increased their cross-country skiing to include 5k of groomed trails, with 1k lit for night skiing.

We plan to host four seasonal events at Hickory Hills for the major activities onsite, including cross-country skiing, disc golf, running, and mountain biking [and] each event would use the lodge, as well as temporary facilities outdoors to support the event activities. -Traverse City statement


Mt. Holiday

240′ vertical drop, 12 runs, 45 skiable acres. 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced

Mt. Holiday is a non-profit ski area in Traverse City with affordable skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and zip lines.


Nubs Nob

427′ vertical drop, 53 runs, 248 skiable acres, 3 terrain parks. 30% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 20% Advanced

Nub’s Nob is arguably a local’s favorite for skiing and snowboarders in northwest Michigan. Expect to find terrain that has the size and variety to keep things interesting, but without the trappings and glitz of a full-scale resort. Nubs Nob embraces this role, curating a reputation for excellent grooming, and some of the best glade runs (runs through the trees) in Michigan.

  • Going up! Skiers and riders will be treated to a new Skytrac quad fixed grip lift that replaces the flagship Green Lift.
  • At the bottom: A new race house was built at the bottom of Smokey.
  • Snowmaking: Both Smokey and Scarface received new snowmaking infrastructure.  Smokey and Valley also received new LED lighting for night skiing.

Nub’s Nob is Nub’s Nob. We try to make it more so rather than bring in novelties that run counter to the vibe and traditions that people love here; that we love too. The terrain is unusually varied for the Midwest, and our two peaks offer slopes facing three different directions so that guests can chase the sun, hide from the wind, and cover new ground over 53 runs. It’s a special place. – Nubs Nob


Otsego Resort

400′ vertical drop, 32 runs, 136 skiable acres, 3 terrain parks. 36% Beginner, 24% Intermediate, 38% Advanced

Otsego Resort is a four-season resort located just a mile east of downtown Gaylord. Formerly a private club, Otsego is now open to the public. New ownership has been heavily involved in operations and has invested in extensive updates. Arguably one of the easiest of the ‘up north’ resorts to access from much of lower Michigan, Otsego offers on-site lodging, restaurants, short lift lines, terrain for all skill levels, and well-maintained terrain parks.


Shanty Creek Resort

450′ vertical drop, 41 runs, 70 skiable acres, 4 terrain parks. 24% Beginner, 24% Intermediate, 51% Advanced

Conveniently located in Bellaire, just northeast of Traverse City, Shanty Creek Resort is home to a variety of winter experiences for the entire family. The four distinct villages within the resort – Summit, Schuss, Cedar River and Hawk’s Eye – offer everything from downhill to cross country skiing, terrain parks and tubing to please every skill level and thrill seeker.

  • Dead On Tuning Center:Shanty Creek’s highly trained technicians, along with state-of-the-art equipment including the Montana Crystal SR automated stone grinder and ceramic disc edger, will make sure skis and snowboards are tuned and ready for the slopes.
  • New Winter Infrastructure: When Mother Nature is not cooperating and sending snow from above, the Shanty Creek team is busy making snow. This year new tower snow guns have been added to the face of Schuss Mountain. In addition, several portable snow guns have also been added to Shanty Creek’s snowmaking resources.
  • Keeping Skiers and Boarders Safe: With Shanty Creek’s continued pledge to keep guests safe on the slopes, helmets are included with all rental packages.
  • New Alpine and Nordic Equipment: Shanty Creek and Rossignol have continued to partner to add to the fleet of Alpine and Nordic rental equipment (skis, boots, poles) at the resort. New Rossignol High Performance Demo Skis and Boots will be available throughout the season.
  • Expanded Skibra Hours:With a 5,500-acre resort, including 4 distinct villages, resort guests typically need to rely on some type of transportation to get to activities in the other villages. Driving is one option, but Shanty Creek makes it even easier, and more fun, to get around. Hopping aboard the Skibra, the open-air shuttle painted like a zebra, is easy and fun.
  • No cash? No problem!Shanty Creek Resort is moving to all cashless payments throughout the property. Simply swipe or tap your card or smart device where you would normally use cash. It’s faster, safer, and always secure. Guests without non-cash forms of payment will find card kiosks dotted throughout the resortto convert cash into a pre-paid card to be used anywhere. It’s easy, and FREE!
  • Pet Friendly:The resort welcomes well-mannered dogs to accompany their humans at The Lakeview Hotel. Dog-friendly rooms are in the lower level making the outdoors easily accessible for pets and their owners.


Snow Snake Ski & Golf

210′ vertical drop, 12 runs, 40 skiable acres, 2 terrain parks. 30% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 20% Advanced

Conveniently located just off US-127 in Harrison, winter enthusiasts will find one of the nicest beginner hills in the state for skiers and snowboarders. Snow Snake also offers two terrain parks and a bunny hill with a magic carpet. Ski and snowboarding lessons are available as well as snow tubing with 4 exciting runs and 2 lifts! Head inside the lodge between runs to warm up and enjoy food and drinks from the full kitchen and bar.

  • More snow: Snow Snake has added new SMI PoleCat snow guns to their arsenal
  • Online options: Purchase your tubing tickets online and skip the
  • Know before you go: An updated live-streaming camera has been added to Snow Snake’s website so skiers and riders can take a look before taking off for the resort.

If you can’t make a trip in winter, find us in summer to play our challenging, scenic “Up North Course, Close By.” Natural rolling terrain, undulating greens, unique hazards and challenging tees on tree lined fairways carved out of a hardwood forest. Snack bar, lounge, and pro shop. Start your adventure at Snow Snake today! – Mick Haley, Manager


The Homestead

320′ vertical drop, 15 runs, 16 skiable acres, 1 terrain park. 27% Beginner, 47% Intermediate, 27% Advanced

The Homestead is a four-seasons, beachfront resort offering a wide range of unique lodging choices. Winter activities include downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. The Homestead also offers spa and salon services, dining, shopping, and facilities for weddings and special events.


Treetops Resort

225′ vertical drop, 24 runs, 80 skiable acres, 4 terrain parks. 17% Beginner, 49% Intermediate, 39% Advanced

Treetops Resort, located just west of Gaylord, prides itself in being one of the most family friendly options in northern Michigan.

  • Package update:  Last winter Treetops introduced “COOL SCHOOL: YOUR MID-WEEK GETAWAY,” and they’re bringing it back again.  The package includes unlimited tubing, ski, snowboarding, snow shoeing, equipment rental, lessons, lodging, breakfast and dinner for the low price of $155 per person per night. Kids 17 and younger are $55 per person.

Cool School is the ultimate winter getaway for families, beginners, and those with an adventurous soul. We’ve created an all-inclusive deal packed with unlimited winter fun, lodging and dining, so you can beat the winter blues and be constantly entertained all-day-long. Start the day with a ski lesson, hit a few runs, then head out for cross country skiing and snowshoeing across terrain with some of the greatest views and vistas in Michigan, and then end the day with extreme tubing and ice skating. – Treetops Resort


Upper Peninsula Ski Resort Updates

Big Powderhorn Mountain

600′ vertical drop, 45 runs, 253 skiable acres, 2 terrain parks. 27% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 31% Advanced, 2% Expert

Voted the #1 “Mom & Pop” ski resort in the country by Men’s Journal, Big Powderhorn Mountain has two full-service restaurants, a dedicated beginner lift, a charming Bavarian-style village with complimentary shuttle service, and 17 feet of annual natural snowfall.


Snowriver Mountain Resort

Black River Basin: 465′ vertical drop, 25 runs, 170 skiable acres, 1 terrain park. 16% Beginner, 32% Intermediate, 44% Advanced 8% Expert
Jackson Creek Summit: 637′ vertical drop, 32 runs, 240 skiable acres, 1 terrain park. 19% Beginner, 31% Intermediate, 41% Advanced 9% Expert

After being purchased by Charles Skinner, owner of Lutsen Mountain in 2022, SnowRiver Mountain Resort has undergone monumental growth. Formerly known as Big Snow Resort, the ski resort, including two separate yet adjacent mountains, Indianhead and Blackjack, were rebranded as SnowRiver Mountain Resort, Jackson Creek Summit, and Black River Basin, respectively.

  • Infrastructure improvements:Before the 2022-23 season, they renovated the chalet, opened the Sugar Maple Cafe at the chalet, updated the retail stores, and added ticket windows to the exterior of Sugar Maple Chalet.
  • Going up! The major for this season is the replacement of the Chippewa Double, the Leelanau Triple, and the Voyageur Quad chairlifts over at Jackson Creek Summit. These were replaced by a Doppelmayr detachable high-speed six-pack chairlift.Called The Voyageur Express, it has 53 chairs with an uphill carrying capacity of 2800 people per hour, with the potential to grow it to 3200 people per hour in the future. The ride time will be three and a half minutes, a drastic improvement over the 8-10 minutes of the lifts that were removed.
  • Also Planned: A lift that will connect the two mountains, Jackson Creek Summit and Black River Basin is in the future for the resort.

Our mission is to provide healthy, outdoor recreation of the highest quality in the Midwest, especially for families.  Indianhead was the first ski area in the Upper Peninsula. The staff and previous ownership did a great job combining two ski areas into one and improving operations. Our team is excited to welcome the resort staff to our family of resorts. Snowriver will continue to offer a single lift ticket for the entire resort, and to provide shuttle transportation until a connecting lift is constructed. – Charles Skinner


Marquette Mountain

600′ vertical drop, 27 runs, 170 skiable acres, 4 terrain parks. 15% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 35% Advanced

Marquette Mountain resides on the southern side of Marquette, within view of Lake Superior. Like many of the Upper Peninsula resorts, skiers and snowboarders can expect plenty of lake effect fresh and a persistent snow base. A unique feature at Marquette Mountain is a lift-accessed backcountry area with challenging drops and steep terrain. U.S. News & World Report named Marquette Mountain Resort one of the top ski resorts in Michigan, noting its 27 ski trails spanning more than 170 acres of slopes.

In addition to the resort’s expansive offering of ski runs with four chair lifts and 600-foot vertical drops, Marquette Mountain Resort is also home to a collection of distinctive and eccentric art displays.

Unusual for a ski resort is its focus on art, demonstrated through installations like the ‘Guardians of the Hill:’ giant sculptures positioned at the base of the mountain, made from old railroad parts, and collectively weighing in at 5 tons. – U.S. News & World Report.

  • Infrastructure Updates: Marquette Mountain Resort is readying to unveil its multimillion-dollar improvements in new, state-of-the-art snowmaking infrastructure for improved powder and coverage. The snowmaking upgrades include more than 4,800 feet of water pipe, 5,000 feet of power cables, hydrants and nine permanent fan gun towers that can be operated and monitored remotely.
  • Terrain Expansion: Additional skiable terrain was added last year at mid-mountain and on the East side. Lights were also added to areas at the top of the mountain to expand night skiing terrain.
  • Terrain Parks: Marquette Mountain added a beginner progression park to the parks it already builds. Each park will progress the rider through the skills they need to play in the big park.
  • Ski School: Marquette Mountain will offer multi-week after school ski and ride programs to local schools that are modeled after their very popular Mountaineer program and is bringing back weekday multi-week group lessons for
  • Season Pass Perks: Marquette Mountain has reciprocal pass agreements with Mont Ripley, Pine Mountain, The Porkies, and Big Powderhorn, Crystal Mountain and Ski Cooper/Chicago Ridge.


Mont Ripley

440′ vertical drop, 22 runs, 112 skiable acres, 2 terrain parks. 21% Beginner, 29% Intermediate, 42% Advanced, 8% Expert

Mont Ripley, located in Hancock on the Keweenaw Peninsula, opened in 1934, making it the oldest ski area in Michigan. Mont Ripley is owned and operated by Michigan Technical University. Students at Michigan Tech ski free as part of their tuition, but Mont Ripley is open to the public as well. Night skiing is available Monday-Saturday from January to March.

Mont Ripley boasts over 300 inches of snow each winter, and its location in the Keweenaw sets it up for lake effect dumps on a regular basis. In fact, the city of Hancock leads the state of Michigan for snowfall, and the Weather Channel ranks them #3 in the country for snowfall.

Mont Ripley is a very challenging hill, with many runs that we leave ungroomed because they’re too steep for any groomer. We leave those runs for powder, which we get a lot of…the quality of the skiers and snowboarders at Mont Ripley is extremely high because of our difficulty. Our claim to fame is that we are the snowiest city in the Midwest and the third snowiest in the entire country. -Nick Sirdenis, General Manager

  • Reopened Terrain:  Deer Track Trail and Powder Stash were washed away in a huge 2018 rain deluge that left a 500-foot-long, 300-foot-wide, and 50-foot-deep hole. Last year the resort worked to resurrect the popular runs.


Mount Bohemia and Voodoo Mountain

Bohemia: 900′ vertical drop, 102 runs, 585 skiable acres. 0% Beginner, 1% Intermediate, 88% Advanced 11% Expert
Voodoo Mountain: 700′ vertical drop, 26 runs, 200 skiable acres. 0% Beginner, 0% Intermediate, 50% Advanced, 50% Expert

Mount Bohemia has the highest vertical in the state; known for ungroomed, wild, and steep tree runs with cliff drops and deep snow. The word has gotten out on Bohemia, but the remoteness and limited accommodation options has kept it intimate. Mount Bohemia is lift and shuttle-serviced, while Voodoo Mountain is their cat skiing operation. Accommodations include on-site hostel, yurts, and cabins.

  • Mount Bohemia was just voted as the number one destination in North America for skiing by USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice.
  • In another odd twist, Mount Bohemia’s YouTube series has become a success on international cable TV. Mount Bohemia TV caught the eye of Simon Nichol out of the UK who picked it up to broadcasts across Europe on the Unreel platform. The series ended up being the top show on the channel, outperforming even Warren Miller films. The international appeal of Mount Bohemia TV is so strong that Simon Nichol is taking it to Africa by way of Yanga TV. All the hilarity and drama of Mount Bohemia will soon be available to viewers across the whole of the African continent.

Mount Bohemia is a very special place,” said Lonie Glieberman, President of Mount Bohemia Ski Resort. “We’d like to thank the people who helped choose us this year as the number one ski resort in North America. It goes to show the appreciation and support of our passionate customer base. This is not only a huge moment for Mount Bohemia, but also great for Michigan. Our state is a world-class tourism destination in winter, summer and fall.”


Mt. Zion

300′ vertical drop, 10 runs, 20 skiable acres. 25% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 25% Advanced

Owned and operated by Gogebic Community College, Mt. Zion is the oldest winter recreation complex in “Big Snow Country.” This complex also serves as a laboratory for the college’s nationally recognized Ski Area Management Program. Known for very reasonable rates, Mt. Zion has numerous “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Programs” for children, and a snow-tubing park.


Pine Mountain Resort 

500′ vertical drop, 35 runs, 160 skiable acres, 1 terrain park. 20% Beginner, 55% Intermediate, 25% Advanced

Fun fact: Pine Mountain is home to something you won’t normally see at a ski resort; one of the highest artificially created ski jumps in the world. Follow Pine Mountain on Facebook for ski jumping events this winter. New owners purchased Pine Mountain Resort, located in Iron Mountain, in 2017. Since then, significant investment into capital improvements took place for lodging and on-hill experience.

Pine Mountain Resort offers 55 rooms at the base of its ski hill, and the most family friendly resort in the area. We have skiing and lodging to entertain your entire family. All newly remodeled! -Pine Mountain Resort

  • Upgrades: Pine Mountain Resort recently completed a multi-million-dollar renovation and now offers numerous lodging options to fit every budget.
  • A tubing run is in the works and management hopes to have it operational this season.
  • Property Management:  Pyramid Global Hospitality, a lodging property management company, recently announced that it added Pine Mountain and its sister resort, Four Seasons Island Resort in Pembine, Wisconsin, to its portfolio.  Both resorts are owned by Indianapolis-based Storie Co.


Porcupine Mountain

800′ total vertical drop (670′ lift-served), 18 runs, 250 skiable acres, 16% Beginner, 39% Intermediate, 16% Advanced, 29% Expert

The Porcupine Mountains Ski Area, located just inside the entrance of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, offers a breathtaking view of Lake Superior to skiers and snowboarders. In addition to spectacular views, Porcupine Mountain provides some of the best backcountry experiences in the area. Be mindful of when you visit, the resort is closed Tuesday-Thursday. However, Porcupine Mountain receives 17 feet of snow annually, so it is likely that skiers will have access to plenty of fresh powder.

In addition to downhill skiing, cross-country ski trails are also accessible from the ski area, as well as ski and snowshoe rentals. Porcupine Mountain is also home to the Snowburst Winter Carnival in February, and the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival every August. Porcupine Mountain also hosts fall color rides on the ski lift each fall.


Ski Brule Resort

500′ vertical drop, 17 runs, 150 skiable acres, 3 terrain parks. 35% Beginner, 35% Intermediate, 24% Advanced, 6% Expert

Ski Brule in Iron River is a family-centered resort that has made a commitment to be the first to open (sometimes as early as October) in Michigan because of its location and snowmaking capabilities. The Rapids and Snowshoe Terrain Parks make it a favorite of snowboarders and there’s a Learn To Ride program that’s free for first-timers, age 10 and up. The Homestead Lodge is popular and has the built-in coziness of a family homestead dating to 1891.


Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) was formed in 1991 as the trade association for the ski and snowboard industry in our state. Our main purpose is to increase awareness of snowsports such as skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing in Michigan and to introduce new individuals to the sport.