Best Places to Ski in Michigan
While a sustained arrival of winter snow hasn’t hit the eastern part of Michigan quite yet, other parts of the state have already seen their fair share. In fact, the west side of Michigan experienced a record-breaking 30 inches of snow before December! That means it’s officially ski and snowboarding season in the Mitten State. Here are some of the best places to hit the slopes here in Michigan.
City: Traverse City
Just minutes from beautiful downtown Traverse City, Mt. Holiday is a charming old time lodge and restaurant. There are 12 trails designed mostly for enthusiasts of novice and intermediate skill levels, making it a great place for learning the ropes and/or vacationing with your family. If you’re looking for something more challenging, Mt. Holiday also has a trail intended for experts.
City: Harbor Springs
Arguably the most popular skiing destination in Michigan, Boyne is one of Michigan’s premier places to go for winter sports and family fun. Boyne consists of several resorts all offering attractive skiing and snowboarding opportunities for novices, intermediates and experts. Visit Boyne.com to learn about Boyne’s family of resorts and numerous trails.
If you’re new to skiing, Crystal Mountain is the place for you. Crystal Mountain is comprised of 45 trails, most of which are designed specifically for first-time skiers looking to learn the basics about skiing and snowboarding, or improve upon their rudimentary skills. Crystal Mountain also has one of the best cross-country ski touring centers in all of Michigan.
Otsego Ski Club
Since 1939, Otsego Club has been a go-to destination for skiing and snowboard enthusiasts in Michigan. If that seems like a long time, you’re right! Otsego Ski Club is actually America’s oldest ski club with its own facility. It also has the highest elevation in the Michigan Snow/Sun Belt. The Club consists of 31 trails and five chair lifts. While the club is private, the public is welcome during select times of the winter.
City: Glen Arbor
You won’t find a more scenic ski destination in Michigan than The Homestead. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the west side of the state, The Homestead overlooks the famous Sleeping Bear Dunes. The Homestead has 16 trails intended for children and novices. The resort is surrounded by charming shops, galleries and eateries, making it a top destination for all sorts of occasions.