noted for its Great
Lakes beaches in summer and winery
tours and fall
foliage in autumn, Michigan in winter is no less spectacular.
With 42 ski areas, 40 terrain parks and more than 3,000 miles
of cross country skiing trails, the Wolverine State has it all.
southern Michigan, the gently rolling hills of snow gives way
to beginner and family fun at Alpine Valley near Pontiac. Although not very large, Alpine Valley boasts a convenient location to the state's largest metro areas - Detroit, Dearborn and Ann Arbor - for a quick day trip out on the slopes..
southwest for an even more casual day out in the snow at Mt. Brighton
featuring a ski school and kid's programs.
the real action begins in the Lower Peninsula offering 8 different
ski resorts with a smorgasbord of activities to suit every taste
including skiing, snowboarding, tubing, cross country skiing,
11 feet of snow per year on average, it's no surprise that Crystal Mountain has become a regional favorite offering 45 downhill slopes,
cross-country trails, and accolades as one of the top ski resorts
in the Midwest.
The Nubs Nob
Ski area is another popular Michigan winter crossroads, usually
rated tops among such diverse groups as daredevil snowboarders
as well as parents with kids in tow.
north and find Michigan's Big Snow country where the snowfall
is measured in hundreds of feet and where ski resorts like
Indianhead offer acres of fine powder including 2 snowboarding
terrain parks with an Olympic size half pipe.
Or try your skills
at nearby Big Powderhorn featuring 253 acres of skiable terrain,
33 trails, 9 lifts and - after a hard day out on the slopes -
a heated indoor pool and sauna.
More about Michigan ski resorts and snowboarding areas around the Web:
Michigan Ski Resorts - Find the motherlode of information on Michigan ski areas and resorts with statistical comparisons,
snow reports, visitor ratings, photo galleries.
Go Ski Michigan.com - Here's the state industry association with facts and photos promoting the sport with information on Michigan ski areas,
snow reports, hotels & resorts, with related news and press releases.
Ski Upper Michigan - Stay up to date with the latest news and blog entries, snow
reports, information on featured area ski resorts, maps.