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Top 10 Best & Luxurious Ski Resorts in Michigan

Michigan has more ski areas than any other state except New York. Michigan is also home to the country’s only ski fly hill, which is similar to ski jumps but on a much larger scale.

While these stats are impressive, there are two other factors that set Michigan apart from other states when it comes to skiing: convenience and cost. Surprisingly, wherever you go in the state, you always reach the ski resort within two hours. Skiing in Michigan is much cheaper than buying lift tickets at ski resorts in Colorado or Utah.

Ski Resorts in Michigan

Find the best ski resorts in Michigan with our list of the best ski resorts in Michigan.

1. Ski Brule Resort

Ski Brule Resort

It looks more like a dessert than a ski resort, but once you ski here, you’ll see why it’s the best dessert. Brewer Ski Resort is consistently rated as one of the top resorts in the Midwest. It’s also expected to open sometime as early as October and stay open for about six months. Most of the credit goes to its location near the Wisconsin-Michigan border and its enormous profit-making capacity. It can generate enough snow to unlock any of the 17 tracks in 24 hours. It also has three terrain parks and a tube park and is open late for night skiing.

Other winter activities at Ski Brule include cycling, cross country skiing and tobogganing. The resort’s unique Acrobag allows guests to jump from a height of 5 feet onto an inflatable landing pad (free with purchase of a lift ticket). Kid-friendly programs at Ski Brule include on-site daycare, professional classes, and free skiing for kids under 9 every Sunday.

Address: 397 Brewer Mountain Road, Iron River, Michigan

Official website: https://skibrule.com/

2. Mount Bohemia Resort

Mount Bohemia Resort

Verticality is one of the biggest attractions of the Bohemian Hills in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Here you will find the longest vertical in the Midwest at 900 feet. The Bohemian Mountains are also rich in lake-effect snow, with an average of 273 inches per year.

Mountain Bohemia is only for serious skiers who will undoubtedly appreciate the extreme distance of the mountain, as its trails are not groomed and the runs are either professional or advanced. There are slides and cliff descents on the forested track. Bohemian Mountain now also oversees the development of nearby Voodoo Mountain, which offers more intermediate running and snow skiing.

The resort also recently opened the Midwest’s first ski resort cottage. Chalet Lodge in the Bohemian Hills offers 24 shared beds in two different rooms, all on the slope side, a sauna and an outdoor hot tub. You can also sleep in a 10-person dormitory or in one of 12 cabins for up to 7 people each.

Address: 6532 Gay Lac La Belle Road, Mohawk, Michigan

Official website: www.mtbohemia.com

3. Nub’s Nob Ski Area

For those looking to put on their ski feet for the first time before heading west, Nub’s Nob is the place to go. This is because 30% of the routes are marked as easiest and the other 50% as medium. Only a small portion is reserved for the toughest, but with just 427 feet of vertical drop, even intermediate skiers can tackle these trails.

For complete beginners, there is a free starting area with a chair lift, so if you have any doubts about your love of sports, you can try it before you buy your ticket. Skiers under the age of eight and over 70 are free. After hitting the slopes, Pintail Peak is a great place to ski on gently winding trails. In recent years, Nub’s Nob Ski Resort has expanded its snowmaking efforts and added velvet snowmobiles to its fleet. Another recent addition to the resort includes a 2km snowshoe trail that gives uphill skiers lift-free access to the Arena Glades.

Address: 500 Nubs Nob Road, Harbor Springs, Michigan

Official website: https://www.nubsnob.com/

4. Pine Mountain Resort

Hidden in the Upper Peninsula, family-friendly Pine Mountain likes to say it has some of the best slopes in the Midwest. There are more than 30 trails and an all-terrain park, as well as night skiing. But what sets Pine Mountain apart is its ski jumps, which are often considered some of the best in the world. Every February, Kiwanis Ski Club hosts Jump Weekend, where the world’s best skydivers have broken multiple records over the years. In fact, the still standing American record of 459 feet was set at Pine Mountain. More than 20,000 viewers attended Jump Weekend.

Pine Mountain’s change of ownership in 2018 brought millions of dollars in improvements to the resort. Guests staying overnight at the Pine Mountain Lodge this year can enjoy refurbished rooms with alpine d├ęcor and easy ski access. The property also offers newly renovated roadside apartments in Cedar Haus.

Address: N3332 Pine Mountain Road, Iron Mountain, Michigan

Official website: http://www.pinemountainresort.com/

5. Shanty Creek Resort

Beginners and intermediate skiers flock to Shanty Creek Resort, which features two unique ski areas, Schuss Mountain and Summit Mountain, with a total of 53 pistes. Although the resort also has developed terrain, more than 60% of the pistes are suitable for beginners and intermediate skiers. Shanty Creek Resort also has three terrain parks for northern skiers, tubing, fat tire bikes and 30 miles of groomed and piste trails.

 Lift tickets are valid for Mount Shuss and Peak Mountain. Shanty Creek Resort has also recently upgraded its rental equipment to include the latest in ski technology leader Rossignol.

Address: 5780 Shanty Creek Road, Bel Air, Michigan

Official website: http://www.shantycreek.com/

6. Big Snow Resort

Big Snow lives up to its name. On average, it takes more than 17 feet of snow to cover its two mountains: Indian Head and Blackjack. While both are suitable for handling skiers of all levels, beginners and intermediate skiers will have more terrain options in blackjack. Indian Head Mountain has a comfortable starting area with a new ski mat.

If you’re looking for size, Indianhead is the most popular, with 170 acres of skiable terrain versus 230 acres. Both mountains offer night skiing on weekends after January 1. The two mountains are also home to two popular terrain parks, and Indian Head Mountain recently added a new clearing for a chance to groom.

Big Snow is more than just skiing as it has live music every weekend and many other activities like yoga at Blackjack Mountain Ski Lodge. Need a ski break? Go to the tube slides at Blackjack or the Yeti Snow Fortress where you can climb and slide as much as you want. Located between two mountains, Snowy Resort also has eight different places to have a snack.

Address: Indian Head Road, Wakefield, Michigan

Official website: www.bigsnow.com

7. Marquette Mountain

Close to the shores of Lake Superior, Marquette Hill is another popular local getaway in the Upper Peninsula. The mountain is a standard winter getaway for Marquette locals, including Northern Michigan University students. Above the cold terrain, the affordable season of the mountain and lift tickets tend to attract crowds.

Marquette Hill has a wide variety of groomers spread across nearly 160 acres. Many runs are illuminated 7 days a week for night skiing. The mountain also offers weekend, weekday and night ski equipment rentals – perfect for those new to the sport.

Address: Marquette, Michigan 4501 M-553

Official website: https://marquettemountain.com/

8. Mount Holly Ski & Snowboard Resort

Mount Hawley is located in the Groveland Valley in southeast Michigan, about an hour’s drive from Detroit. The resort is known for its long season and wide variety of pistes, suitable for most intermediate and advanced skiers.

Mount Holly has a total of 16 slides accessible by 7 chairlifts and two lifts. The facility’s total elevation drop is approximately 350 feet, providing a fast yet dynamic bottom line. And since 100% of the mountain can receive artificial snow, new trails are built every day. Beginners can also have fun in the mountains. Two ropes and a magic carpet allow you to get closer to the main mountain more easily. This starting area is a great place to learn before tackling steep inclines.

Address: 13536 Dixie Highway, Hawley, Michigan

Official website: https://www.skimtholly.com/

9. Boyne Resorts

The most famous resort in Michigan is actually the Boyne, which consists of two mountains, Mount Boyne and Boyne Hills. These are the two largest resorts in Lower Michigan, each with over 400 acres and more than 115 trails. Boyne Heights also has a 1.25-mile trail that is the longest ski run in Michigan. All these possibilities make the mountains more like those in the west.

At Boyne Mountain Resort you’ll find America’s first high-speed six-person chairlift, and Boyne Heights has Michigan’s first four-person chairlift. In addition, there are 11 terrain parks on the two hills and a snow sports academy that is always praised by guests. Both mountains offer free beginner ski and snowboard areas.

For those who don’t like going downhill, each mountain has an impressive 35+ miles of terrain and snowshoe trails. Each mountain is rewarded for its overnight stays, including hostels, lodges, and ski lodges. Boyne Heights and Boyne Mountain Resort have been joining Ikon Pass ski resorts since the 2018/19 season.

Address: 1 Boyne Hill Road, Boyne Falls, Michigan

Official website: www.boyne.com

10. Crystal Mountain

Crystal has earned a spot on the list of top 10 family ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada alongside heavyweights like Utah’s Deer Valley and Colorado’s Steamboat Springs. This is not only thanks to the 102-acre ski area, but also thanks to the resort’s amenities.

Some of Crystal Mountain’s features include luxury cabins at the base of the slopes, free activities like family campfires, and an indoor pool with family playground. The mountain is also home to a number of additional snow activities such as fat tire snowmobiling, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

Crystal also has an 18,500-square-foot LEED-certified spa. Crystal Spa offers special treatments designed to treat winter pains. On the slopes, nine lifts provide access to 58 trails, 27 of which are used for night skiing. The resort also includes three land areas and six open spaces.

Address: 12500 Crystal Hill Drive, Thompsonville, Michigan

Official website: www.crystalmountain.com

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