Best Ski Resorts in Michigan, United States

Best Ski Resorts in Michigan, United States

Looking for the best ski resorts in Michigan to visit this winter?? Here’s the list with all the travel information.

Michigan offers plenty of skiing and riding areas with powdery snow during the winter. Especially, its hill for ski flying or ski jumping is more famous among adventure seekers.

Featuring over 40 excellent ski areas, 50 terrain parks, over 250 lifts, and over 1000 lifts, Michigan makes one of the best states in the United States for skiing.

On the other hand, skiing in Michigan is more affordable and convenient than other famous skiing states in the United States. Therefore plenty of families with kids, couples, friend groups, solo travelers, and skiers attract to Michigan for skiing.

Read this article to discover the best ski resorts in Michigan and plan a wonderful skiing tour with your family and friends for this winter.

Ski Resorts in Michigan

1. Ski Resorts in Michigan: Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls

Midwest features the top ski resorts in Michigan. And Boyne Mountain Resort is one of the Midwest’s premier destination ski resorts. Located close to the Pellston Regional Airport, you can get there within one hour (36 miles).

Boyne Mountain Resort, Michigan
Boyne Mountain Resort, Michigan

Boyne Mountain Resort features a wide variety of terrain, convenient lodging, and entertaining nightlife. Therefore, obviously, it gets crowded on weekends and holidays.

Containing two mountains, Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain, each features over 400 acres of skiing areas. Also, these two mountains offer 11 terrain parks, over 115 trails, and over 60 runs. Especially, it contains the longest ski run in Michigan with a 1.25-mile trail.

On the other hand, Boyne Mountain Resort is home to the SnowSports Academy, America’s first high-speed, six-place chairlift, and first four-place chairlift.

Ski Resorts in Michigan Boyne Mountain Resort
Boyne Mountain Resort

If you are a beginner or need to teach your kids skiing, Boyne Mountain Resort offers free beginner ski and snowboard areas too.

Aside from downhill skiing, this Ikon Pass ski resort features 35-plus kilometers of exciting snowshoe and cross-country trails for adventures seekers.

That’s why Boyne Mountain Resort attracts thousands of skiers for Nordic skiing, ski shoeing, ziplining, and downhill skiing.

After skiing, do not miss the state’s largest indoor waterpark, Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, located in Boyne Mountain Resort. Kids will love it.

Book your accommodation here: Boyne Mountain Resort

Address: 1 Boyne Mountain Rd, Boyne Falls, MI 49713, United States  Phone: +1 855-688-7024

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2. Ski Resorts in Michigan: Big Snow Resort, Wakefield

Located in the far northwest corner of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Big Snow Resort obviously delivers big snow. Being the home to Blackjack Mountains and Indianhead Mountain, this snow area receives around 18 feet of snow annually.

Ski Resorts in Michigan Big Snow Resort
Big Snow Resort

Big Snow Resort Ski Area is suitable for all levels of skiers (beginners, intermediates, and experts). For example, Blackjack Mountains features 170 acres of skiable areas, and also it mostly contains suitable terrain parks for beginners, intermediate skiers.

On the other hand, Indianhead Mountain features 230 skiable acres with a new ski carpet for beginners.

Especially, both mountains offer excellent night skiing opportunities on the weekends. Definitely, the weekend at Big Snow Resort is so entertaining. Aside from night skiing, the resort also features various entertaining events like live music concerts, yoga events, and delicious restaurants on weekends.

After skiing, you can visit Yeti Snow Fort on Blackjack for tubing slides, climbing, and having fun with your kids.

Address: 500 Indianhead Rd, Wakefield, MI 49968, United States  Phone: +1 800-346-3426

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3. Ski Resorts in Michigan: Boyne Highlands Resort, Harbor Springs

As mentioned above, Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs is a top-rated ski resort in Michigan. It features easy, intermediate, and difficult runs for all level skiers.

Ski Resorts in Michigan: Boyne Highlands Resort
Boyne Highlands Resort

Being the largest resort in Michigan, Boyne Highlands Resort is also home to the highest vertical terrain in the Lower Peninsula.

Since it contains diverse terrains with 55 runs, it attracts expert skiers as well as beginners. If you are looking for a ski vacation with kids, here’s the best place in Michigan. Boyne Highlands Resort’s comfortable lodging, amenities, and off-slope activities prove it.

Boyne Highlands Resort, Harbor Springs
Boyne Highlands Resort, Harbor Springs

If you are coming from Pellston Regional Airport, this ski resort is just 20 minutes away. For those who are coming from Traverse City Airport, it will take around 1.5 hours.

And Boyne Highlands Resort is located overlooking Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay. (30 minutes north of Boyne Mountain Resort)

Although it is lack with the après scene, there are plenty of fun things to do off slopes—for example, snowshoe trails, cross-country trails, a tubing park, and an ice rink.

Are you ready to ski with your kids?

Address: 600 Highland Rd, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, United States

Book your accommodation here: Boyne Highlands Resort

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4. Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville

Featuring 102 acres of skiable terrain, Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville is a great family ski resort.

Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville MI
Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville

It contains 58 runs via diverse terrains, making it suitable for all skill levels. Especially, it gives Ski and snowboard lessons for kids above three. So, come along with your kids.

Its cozy and affordable accommodations, luxuriously indulgent Crystal Spa, and well-lit night skiing make Crystal Mountain Resort one of the top-rated family ski areas in North America. (Just refer to the Parents Magazine, it is consistently on the 10 Best Winter Resorts for Families list)

Since it is located just 40 minutes from Traverse City Airport, you can easily get there.

Those who are not into skiing can enjoy Crystal Mountain Resort’s award-winning, LEED-certified spa, luxury cottages, family campfires, an indoor pool, family play area, and many other entertaining things.

Especially, its spa is famous for treating soreness and winter aches. Aside from that, it features world-famous spa treatments.

Address: Thompsonville, MI 49683, United States

Book your accommodation here: Crystal Mountain Resort 

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5. Mount Bohemia Ski Resort, Mohawk

Are you an expert skier??

Mount Bohemia Ski Resort is undoubtedly the best place in Michigan for expert and advanced skiers. So, this is not suitable for beginners.

Mount Bohemia Ski Resort, Mohawk
Mount Bohemia Ski Resort, Mohawk

Being the most snowful area in the region, Mount Bohemia features the longest vertical drop in the Midwest with 900 ft. The reason for receiving around 273 inches of annual snowfall is due to the location near Lake Superior.

The ungroomed Mount Bohemia Ski Area attracts plenty of advanced skiers who love the mountain’s extreme backcountry area. And these forested runs include plenty of adventurous chutes and cliff drops too.

Mount Bohemia Ski Resort is home to the Midwest’s first ski resort hostel, making it one of the best ski resorts to visit with your skiing buddies. For example, Log Cabin Hostel has 24 coed bunks in two different rooms, an outdoor hot tub, a sauna, and other amenities.

Mount Bohemia Ski Resort, Michigan
Mount Bohemia Ski Resort, Michigan

On the other hand, nearby Voodoo Mountain features snowcat skiing and intermediate runs as well.

Address: 6532 Gay Lac La Belle Rd, Mohawk, MI 49950, United States  Phone: +1 906-360-7240

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6. Ski Resorts in Michigan: Ski Brule, Iron River

Ski Brule is a famous ski area in Michigan as it has the longest ski season in the Midwest (six months long starting from October or November).

Ski Resorts in Michigan Ski Brule
Ski Brule

The reason for that huge snowfall is its location near the Wisconsin and Michigan border (only 1 mile to Wisconsin).

Therefore, this ski area attracts more visitors from Wisconsin. Also, the closest airport is Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport (only 132 miles).

Featuring top-notch snowmaking and grooming, Ski Brule offers you 17 diverse ski runs and 11 ski lifts. And these ski runs include 5 green circles, 6 blue squares, 3 black diamonds, 1 double black diamond, a 30-acre terrain park with two excellent trails, and a tubing park.

If you are looking for an adventurous double black diamond, this is the best place in Michigan. On the other hand, its diverse trails and affordable lift prices attract families with kids too.

There are special programs at Ski Brule for kids. For example, specialized skiing lessons, on-site daycare, and free ski training for kids under nine on weekends.

Additionally, this family-friendly ski resort stays open for night skiing.

Ski Brule, Iron River MI
Ski Brule, Iron River

Aside from that, Ski Brule features other winter activities as well. For example, cross-country skiing, fat biking, sleigh rides, and more.

Especially, Ski Brule’s unique Acrobag offers you a free five-foot jump into an inflatable landing pad.

Due to all these wonderful features, Ski Brule considers one of the Midwest’s best ski resorts for so many years now. And it totally deserves that position.

Address: 397 Brule Mountain Rd, Iron River, MI 49935, United States

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7. Mount Holly Ski & Snowboard Resort, Holly

Mount Holly Ski & Snowboard Resort Southeast Michigan is a famous ski resort area that features skiing and snowboarding trails for all levels and a Bavarian lodge.

Mount Holly Ski & Snowboard Resort, Holly
Mount Holly Ski & Snowboard Resort, Holly

Located just an hour from Detroit and 20 minutes from Flint, Mount Holly Ski & Snowboard Resort is a conveniently close destination too. And also, it is famous for offering good instructional programs for the visitors for really affordable prices.

Although it is a small ski area, Mount Holly Ski & Snowboard Resort features 350 ft of vertical and 100 acres of terrain. Do not expect more amenities like other resorts on the list. But, this resort promises you thrilling ski experiences at affordable prices.

So, if you are looking for a quick and budget-friendly day trip during winter, surely consider Mount Holly Ski & Snowboard Resort. Come along with your kids.

Address: 13536 Dixie Hwy, Holly, MI 48442, United States  Phone: +1 248-634-8269

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8. Nub’s Nob Ski Resort, Harbor Springs

Nub’s Nob Ski Resort is an excellent ski area near Harbor Springs. It started as a small ski area by Norman and Dorie Sarns in 1958; now, it has turned into a huge ski area with 9 lifts and 53 runs.

Nub's Nob Ski Resort, Harbor Springs
Nub’s Nob Ski Resort, Harbor Springs

This ski resort is perfect for all skill levels. Especially if you are a beginner, it is better to ski at Nub’s Nob first, before visiting West. Here’re the reasons for that.

Nub’s Nob Ski Resort’s 30% of the trails are for beginners, while 50% is more intermediate skiers. And the rest of the small and difficult area, including a 427-foot vertical drop, is for advanced skiers. (Night skiing opportunities are also available)

For beginners who are on a budget, there’s a free ski area with a chairlift too. Actually, anyone can try there first and continue further if you love skiing.

Additionally, Nub’s Nob Ski Resort contains a two-kilometer snowshoe trail, allowing uphill skiers to access the Arena Glades without taking a lift.

Also, this resort has won several awards for its grooming and snowmaking operations. Along with that, all visitors can find a friendly atmosphere.

Although Nub’s Nob doesn’t feature more amenities and dining options, you can easily visit Boyne Highlands, located just a few minutes away.

Address: 500 Nubs Nob Rd, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, United States  Phone: +1 231-526-2131

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9. Ski Resorts in Michigan: Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire 

Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Michigan, is a scenic ski area that features 53 runs on two mountains, Summit Mountain and Schuss Mountain.

Ski Resorts in Michigan Shanty Creek Resort
Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire

Summit Mountain has ideal runs for beginners and intermediate skiers, while Schuss Mountain contains more challenging runs.

Actually, 60% of the ski area in Shanty Creek Resort is suitable for beginners and intermediates skiers. Therefore, it attracts families with kids, couples, friend groups, and solo travelers.

Aside from that, there are three terrain parks, a fun tubing park, a fat tire biking trail, and 30 kilometers of trails for Nordic skiers.

Lift tickets at Shanty Creek Resort are valid for both Summit Mountain and Schuss Mountain terrains.

Come along with your kids to have a fun ski holiday.

Address: 5780 Shanty Creek Rd, Bellaire, MI 49615, United States  Phone: +1 866-486-7790 

Book your accommodation here: Cozy Shanty Creek Condo for Skiers and Golfers!

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10. Pine Mountain Ski Resort, Iron Mountain

Located in a quiet place in the Upper Peninsula, Pine Mountain Ski Resort has the best groomed slopes in the Midwest.

Pine Mountain Ski Resort, Iron Mountain
Pine Mountain Ski Resort, Iron Mountain

If you visit there, you can experience over 30 trails and a terrain park, night skiing, and the world’s one of the best ski jumps.

Therefore, the Kiwanis Ski club hosts Jump Weekend in Pine Mountain Ski Resort every February. There you can see the world’s top jumpers’ performances. For example, the US record of 459 feet ski jump was set at Pine Mountain.

Aside from that, Pine Mountain Ski Resort features amenities like comfortable accommodations (at Lodge at Pine Mountain) and trailside condos (at the Cedar Haus).

Are you ready to see impressive ski jumps?

Address: N3332 Pine Mountain Rd, Iron Mountain, MI 49801, United States  Phone: +1 906-774-2747

Book your accommodation here: Pine Mountain Ski Resort

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11. Ski Resorts in Michigan: Caberfae Peaks, Cadillac

Caberfae Peaks is a wonderful downhill ski area located in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. And it features some of the steepest vertical drops in Michigan with a large terrain park.

Ski Resorts in Michigan Caberfae Peaks
Caberfae Peaks

This resort area is located near Mitchell. Due to the lake effect, Caberfae Peaks receives an average of 140 inches of snowfall each year.

Featuring light and fluffy powder, Caberfae Peaks spreads for 200 skiable acres with 485 feet of elevation drop, 34 named ski runs, 4 chair lifts, 1 surface lift, and night skiing experiences.

Also, Caberfae Peaks’ base offers you amenities like Mackenzie Lodge with 39 slope-side rooms, a large outdoor heated pool, hot tub, and many more.

For families, Caberfae Peaks offers Stay-and-Ski special packages, including affordable prices.

Address: 1 Caberfae Ln, Cadillac, MI 49601, United States   Phone: +1 231-862-3000

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12. Cannonsburg Ski Area, Belmont

Cannonsburg Ski Area is a small downhill ski resort in Belmont, Michigan. It features a fun tubing park, fat biking trail, hiking trails, and zip-lining experiences.

Cannonsburg Ski Area, Belmont
Cannonsburg Ski Area, Belmont

Established in 1965, Cannonsburg Ski Area is definitely a perfect family ski destination in Michigan. Since it is kids-friendly, it attracts a lot of families annually from all over the country.

Also, Cannonsburg Ski Area warmly welcomes beginners (skiers and riders who are just starting out) with easy runs and lifts. And their experienced instructors are always ready to offer lessons and guidance on skiing.

On the other hand, its excellent terrain park invites advanced skiers and snowboarders too.

So, bring your friends and family to the Cannonsburg Ski Area this winter and have fun at affordable prices.

Address: 6800 Cannonsburg Rd NE, Belmont, MI 49306, United States  Phone: +1 616-874-6711

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13. Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Bessemer

Located within Bessemer Township, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort is a fantastic 250-acre wintery snow kingdom perfect for families.

Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Bessemer
Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Being a part of the Gogebic Range, Big Powderhorn Mountain has a summit of 1,640 ft and a base elevation of 1,240 ft for a 400 ft. vertical drop.

It features 45 trails from green circles to black diamond routes, “Don’t Chute.” and “Cannonball.” And 9 double chairlifts are there to take you to these routes.

If you are looking for slopeside lodging, Big Powderhorn Mountain’s Caribou Lodge fulfills that need. The lodge also offers you delicious meals, après-ski events, a private pool, and a sauna too.

Are you ready to have fun at Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort?

Address: 11375 Powderhorn Rd, Bessemer, MI 49911, United States  Phone: +1 906-932-4838

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14. Alpine Valley, White Lake, Michigan

Alpine Valley is a famous ski resort in White Lake, Michigan. Featuring various ski runs, snowboard terrain, skiing lessons, and expert guidance Alpine Valley attracts skiers with all skill levels.

Alpine Valley, White Lake, Michigan
Alpine Valley, White Lake

Of course, since it contains three terrain parks and a wonderful mix of beginner, intermediate and black diamond runs, it has become a favorite winter destination in Southeast Michigan.

Especially, Alpine Valley’s beginner training sessions are more famous and admirable. So, come along with your family and friends. Kids will love to learn how to ski.

Address: 6775 Highland Rd, White Lake, MI 48383, United States  Phone: +1 248-887-2180

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15. Ski Resorts in Michigan: Marquette Mountain Resort, Marquette

Located just minutes from downtown Marquette, Marquette Mountain Resort features some of Michigan’s most challenging skiing terrains.

Ski Resorts in Michigan Marquette Mountain Resort
Marquette Mountain Resort

Since it is close to the shores of Lake Superior, it is a scenic famous local resort in Upper Peninsula as well. Therefore it mostly attracts locals and students at Northern Michigan University.

On the other hand, Marquette Mountain Resort offers you affordable lift tickets and season passes. That is also a reason to attract a lot of crowd to this skiing area.

Marquette Mountain Resort maintains its 160 acres of skiable area with excellent grooming. And also, many skiing runs are well lit for night skiing seven days of the week.

No need to bring skiing equipment from home; Marquette Mountain Resort features affordable ski equipment on weekends, weekdays, and nightly.

Address: 4501 M-553, Marquette, MI 49855, United States

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16. Ski Resorts in Michigan: Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl, Grand Haven

Located in the dunes of Grand Haven, Michigan, Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl is a family-friendly local ski hill. Since this ski area is close to the shores of Lake Michigan, it gets a considerable snowfall annually. And also, you can enjoy stunning lake views while skiing.

Ski Resorts in Michigan Mulligan's Hollow Ski Bowl
Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl, Grand Haven

So, come along with your family and friends.

Address: 600 Y Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417, United States  Phone: +1 616-842-0634

Book your accommodation here: Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl

Ski Resorts in Michigan

Ski Resorts in Michigan