Hit the slopes!

I've NEVER been snowboarding, but I've ALWAYS wanted to go. I finally plan to this winter, so I composed a list of places to snowboard in Michigan. Starting with places in Southwest Michigan, and moving up to the Upper Peninsula.


Southwest Michigan Ski Areas


Timber Ridge--Kalamazoo

Timber Ridge has proudly offered skiing and snowboarding in southwest Michigan for the past 50 years. Timber Ridge is located on 60 beautiful naturally wooded acres in Southwest Michigan and just 15 miles N.W. of Kalamazoo. Timber Ridge has one of the best ski patrols in the country. It also offers a SnowShow bar that has gaint window for watching the slopes.

Timber Ridge:

Vertical Drop: 240'
Lifts: 5 chairs, 5 surface
Terrain: 20% novice, 70% intermediate, 10% expert
Trails: 15
Snowboards: Terrain Park and Pipe

Beginner Rate: 20%



Southwest Michigan's Bittersweet is in the scenic Kalamazoo River Valley. Come and features the "SWEET EXPRESS" High Speed Detachable Quad chair lift, a first for SW Michigan.


Vertical Drop: 350'
Lifts: 6 chairs, 6 surface
Terrain: 30% novice, 60% intermediate, 10% expert
Trails: 17
Snowboards: Terrain Park and Halfpipe

Beginner Rate: 30%


Northern Lower Peninsula Ski Areas


Boyne Mountain--Boyne Falls

Boyne Mountain, the dean of Midwest ski resorts, was the first North American resort to install a six-seat chair lift, and it’s where the triple and quad lifts were invented. Always known as a place with challenging and varied terrain.

Boyne Mountain:

Vertical Drop: 500'
Lifts:10 chairs (including a high-speed 6), 2 surface
Terrain: 29% novice, 41% intermediate, 30% expert
Trails: 67
Cross Country: 35 km
Snowboards: Terrain park and pipe

Beginner Rate: 57%


Crystal Mountain--Thompsonville

Crystal's Totem Park is designed exclusively for first-timers and beginners to improve their skiing and snowboarding skills. The resort also has one of the best cross country ski touring centers in Michigan.

Crystal Mountain:

Vertical Drop: 375'
Lifts: 7 chairs (including a high speed quad), 2 surface
Terrain: 24% novice, 53% intermediate, 23% expert
Trails: 46
Cross Country: 40+ km
Snowboards: Halfpipe and 4 Parks

Beginner Rate: 20%


Nub's Nob--Harbor Springs

Nub’s Nob is an excellent family ski area famous for its excellent snow, award winning day lodge, and superb cafeteria. This is a ski-only operation, with no lodging on site, but the varied terrain keeps skiers coming back. Trails face all directions of the compass and spill off two peaks, and spectacular vistas of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay are a treat and a 4,000 sq. foot warming house and restaurant on top of Pintail Peak overlooks it all.

Crystal Mountain:

Vertical Drop: 427'
Lifts: 9 chairs
Terrain: 30% novice, 50% intermediate, 20% expert
Trails: 52
Cross Country: 28km
Snowboards: Top to bottom terrain park and 450’ halfpipe

Beginner Rate: 30%



Upper-Peninsula Ski Areas


Marquette Mountain--Marquette

Known as a skier’s mountain, Marquette Mountain features a great race program and plenty of challenging terrain. The area contains a 4,000’ alpine terrain park and two legal tree runs. A new terrain park opens this season. The city of Marquette, the home of Northern Michigan University, is only five minutes away.

Marquette Mountain:

Vertical Drop: 600'
Lifts: 3 chairs, 1 surface
Terrain: 15% novice, 65% intermediate, 20% expert.
Trails: 25
Snowboards: 3 terrain parks all designed by ability: lite weight, big air, all natural. 1 halfpipe, 13 rails.

Beginner Rate: 15%



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Indianhead Mountain--Wakefield

Indianhead Mountain Resort in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula offers 195 acres of skiable terrain and wide open runs reminiscent of the Rockies. The base lodge and facilities are actually at the top of the mountain, which treats guests to stunning vistas. Snowmaking and grooming are a specialty of the resort, which typically opens earlier and stays open later than most other ski areas in the region.

Indianhead Mountain:

Vertical Drop: 638’
Lifts: 5 chairs, 4 surface
Terrain: 21% novice, 37% intermediate, 42% expert.
Trails: 28
Snowboards: Terrain Park and Olympic-size Halfpipe

Beginner Rate: 20%



Pine Mountain--Iron Mountain

Pine Mountain is one of the Upper Peninsula’s most famous ski resorts. It’s main lodge is a classic and the resort also offers a selection of condos. Resort spa facilities are open to all guests. While there, don’t miss a visit to Famers, the location of the Upper Peninsula sports Hall of Fame.

Pine Mountain:

Vertical Drop: 500'
Lifts: 3 chairs, 2 surface
Terrain: 30% novice, 40% intermediate, 30% expert
Trails: 23
Snowboards: Terrain Park and Pipe

Beginner Rate: 20%