Guest Author - Sarah Roop
One of the winter sports which always tops the most anticipated list of snow-time activities is skiing. Whether you prefer downhill skiing or cross country, you only have to wait for the snow to fall in Michigan before you be having the time of your life. With more than 3000 mile of cross country trails and over 40 downhill ski resorts, you are never far from a place you can “get away from it all”. If you have never skied before but would like to learn there is no shortage of ski schools and on site instructors for you to learn from.
In Northern Michigan you have several outstanding resorts to choose from. Boyne Mountain Resort offers the family everything from skiing to a luxurious spa experience for the adults and Avalanche Bay, Michigan’s largest indoor water park for the entire family.
In Cadillac Michigan you can find Caberfae Peaks, which boasts some of the best skiing and snowboarding values in the state. With college nights for any student with a valid ID card for less than ten dollars it is a popular place for the younger crowd.
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa was rated the number one Ski Resort in the Midwest by Ski Magazine. It has both downhill skiing and cross country trails on over 1500 acres of land. If you do not know how to ski or snowboard they have lessons available at their Snowsports School for both children and adults. Crystal Mountain also has a full service “green” spa and several restaurants for you to choose from.
In the upper peninsula of Michigan you can find Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. This resort has 33 downhill ski runs up to a mile in length. It also features an outdoor ice skating rink, but they do request you bring your own skates.
Skiing has long been one of the favorite outdoor winter sports, and with the popularity of snowboarding on the rise, these resorts are terrific places for the entire family to spend a day or two. There is no shortage of things to do at these great resorts, both on and off the slopes. If you live close enough to the slopes of Northern Michigan, you will be missing out if you do not take advantage of the wonderful snow sports that are available.