It looks like we have snow heading our way this weekend so that means it’s time to strap on your skis and boards and head to some of the best hills that the mitten has to offer. No matter where you are in the mitten, you’re always within two hours of a ski resort which is pretty cool so why not take advantage of that?
Big Snow Resort: www.bigsnow.com
They didn’t exaggerate on the name, with their mountains Indianhead and blackjack getting more than 17 feet of snow per year at Big Snow Resort you never have to worry about not having enough powder! Both mountains can handle any level of skier or boarder with their wide range of beginner and intermediate runs. Big mountain also likes to pride itself on the fact that it isn’t just about skiing and boarding. They feature live music every weekend, feature numerous events like yoga, have a tubing slide, and yeti fort!
Boyne Resorts: www.boyne.com
Consisting of two mountains, and two of the largest resorts in lower Michigan spanning over 400 acres, there is no question why Boyne is Michigan’s best-known resort! Whether you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing there is something there for you. Not into winter sports? That’s ok too because they have at 88,000 square foot waterpark an award-winning spa and are close to downtown Boyne which is filled with shopping and breweries. They really have fun for the whole family!
Crystal Mountain www.crystalmountain.com
This is Michigan’s heavy hitting resort making lists of the best ski resorts in the United States and Canada. There is no question why Crystal can compete with the heavy hitter resorts out West with their 102 acres of terrain, luxury cottages, fat tire biking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and their LEED certified spa.
Pine Mountain Resort: www.pinemountainresort.com/
We can’t forget the Upper Peninsula and their hidden gem of a ski resort. Pine Mountain claims to have the best-groomed slopes in the Midwest. They have over 30 trails, a terrain park, and night skiing, but what really sets them apart for the diehard downhill lovers is their ski jump which is revered as one of the best in the world. Big changes are also coming to the resort, due to new management they have been in the process since 2018 of doing a multimillion-dollar upgrade to the resort which will include renovated rooms, décor, and easy skiing access.