Open Snowboard Resorts In The Lower Peninsula!

The hills are alive, with the sound of………snow makers?

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Timber Ridge with my friend, Daly – 2014-2015 season

 

I know most of my friends are dying to get on the slopes, as am I. Most resorts are currently pumping out snow via machines to get the ball rolling on the 2015-2016. You can thank warm days and cool nights for this being possible. Not all, but some resorts have been open as early as Thanksgiving weekend! I decided to compile a list together of places I could find that are open in the Lower Peninsula. Don’t be surprised if the slopes are packed! I know I won’t be getting out there for a few weeks as it is probably beneficial to other riders safety (haha).

I visited each of these websites and checked to see if they were open, provided you with some activities, lift ticket prices, and address/phone to contact the resorts. PLEASE be sure to still call before you make your way to the slopes as I cannot confirm that these resorts are open 100% of the week at this point in time…..Thanks, Mother Nature….

I chose not to include the Upper Peninsula as I assume that they are having better luck up there, but I truly recommend checking out Marquette Mountain!

Also, I apologize for the trail maps being so small. Click on the link below to get a better view of the maps.


 

 TreeTops Resort – reopen December 11th, 2015


* trail picture found here

Winter sports: skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, extreme tubing, terrain park

Lift tickets less than $60

Treetops Resort
3962 Wilkinson Rd
Gaylord, MI 49735

http://treetops.com/

Reservations: (989) 732-6711



Crystal Mountain – Open

*trail picture found here

Winter sports: snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire biking, ice skating and hockey, cross country skiing, and more!

Lift tickets range from $27-$72

Crystal Mountain
12500 Crystal Mountain Dr.
Thompsonville, Michigan 49683

Reservations: (855) 995-5146

http://www.crystalmountain.com/


 Boyne Mountain – Open

* trail picture found here

Winter sports: snowboarding, skiing, terrain parks, ski racing

*Also Avalanche Bay Indoor Water Park!

Lift tickets range from $40-$81

Boyne Mountain
1 Boyne Mountain Rd
Boyne Falls, MI 49713

Reservations: (855) 688-7024

www.boyne.com


Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort – Open

* trail picture found here

Winter sports: snowboarding, skiing, racing, lessons

Lift tickets range from $21-$47

Caberfae Resorts
1 Caberfae Lane
Cadillac, MI 49601

Reservations: (231) 862-3000

http://caberfaepeaks.com/


Nub’s Nob – Open

* trail map found here

Winter sports: snowboarding, skiing, lessons

Lift tickets range from $49-$80

Nub’s Nob Resort
500 Nubs Nob Rd
Harbor Spring, MI 49740

Reservations: (231) 526-2131

https://nubsnob.com


 Boyne Highlands – Open


* trail map found here

Winter sports: snowboarding, skiing, ski school, ski racing, terrain parks, tubing

Lift tickets range from $25-$80

Boyne Highlands Resort
600 Highland Dr
Harbor Springs, MI 49740

Reservations: (231) 526-3000


I also read an article from the Pure Michigan blog that had some cool facts about snowboarding.

I’ll share a couple cool ones with you. To view all 10, go to Facts You Need To Know Before You Hit The Slopes

  • Muskegon, Michigan is noted as the birthplace of modern snowboarding. In 1965, Sherman Poppen, an engineer, invented a toy for his daughters by tying two skis together and attaching a rope to one end so they would be able to steer as they stood on the board and glided downhill. Poppen’s invention was known as the “snurfer”, a combination of snow and surf.”
  • “Just 20 years ago, many popular ski resorts, like Aspen and Toas, did now allow snowboarders on their hills. Today, you’re hard-pressed to find a resort that doesn’t welcome snowboarding with open-arms. In fact, not one of the more than 40 ski resorts in Michigan have snowboarding bans!”
  • “In 2013, 67 percent of snowboarders were males and only 33 percent were females, with boarders aged 18-24 representing more than one quarter of all shredders on the slopes”
  • “ Mount Bohemia, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, is noted as having the highest vertical (900 ft.), most snow and the most expert terrain in the Midwest. In fact, Mount Bohemia is rated #1 for powder skiing east of the Rockies by Powder Magazine and has been called one of the top ten undiscovered ski resorts in the world by MSN.com!”

So, who’s ready to go on a snowboarding adventure with me???

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