For the weekends (or weekdays) you aren’t heading Up North but still want to hit the slopes, check out these local ski resorts. New to the sport? No problem, sign up for private or group lessons.

Pine Knob (Clarkston)
Whether you are a beginner or expert, Pine Knob is a great place to hit the slopes with friends and family. They’ve got you covered with ski and snowboard rentals, lessons led by certified instructors, discounted tickets for children aged 6 and under, a tech shop, and more. Pine Knob is 300ft vertical with 17 runs and 3 terrain parks. The resort offers 2 world-famous Wonder Carpets, 100ft and 300ft, 6 chairlifts and 4 tow ropes.

Address: 7778 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI, 48348

Alpine Valley (White Lake)
Alpine Valley offers beautiful surroundings including 25 picturesque tree-lined slopes. A great place for beginners, there are 2 rope tows and 2 magic carpets.  Freestyle skiers and snowboards will enjoy three different styles of terrain parks designed for all ability levels.  A skier/boarder snowcross track is open to the public so test your skills or race your friends! Bring the whole family and enjoy the largest and most scenic ski area in southern Michigan right at your own back door.

Address: 6775 Highland Rd, White Lake, MI, 48383
Phone: 248.887.2180

Mt Brighton (Brighton)
Since 1960, Mt. Brighton Ski Area in Southeast Michigan has been one of the legendary family winter destinations on the Midwest snowsports scene. Skiers and riders can easily access 25 trails and five lifts covering 130 acres. Having converted thousands of first-timers into lifelong skiers and riders. There has been $10 million in improvements since the resort was purchased by Vail Resorts in 2015. If you haven’t been there in a while, it’s worth the visit now!

Address: 4141 Bauer Rd, Brighton, 48116
Phone: 810.229.9581

Mt Holly (Holly)
For 60 years Mt Holly has served as a local ski destination. Find everything you need, 7 chairlifts (including Southeastern Michigan’s only High-Speed detachable quad), 4 rope tows, and two SunKid Wonder Carpets. Kick back and relax on a 4,200 square foot heated paver patio and centered fire pit, or explore one of 19 trails ranging from beginner to advanced in difficulty, and 3 Snowboard Parks with an assortment of terrain features.

Address: 13536 Dixie Hwy, Holly, MI, 48442
Phone: 248.634.8269

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