Two Michigan resorts named ‘best spots’ for skiing in the United States

From steep slopes and vistas of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to powder reserves below deck, the state’s ski areas offer winter getaways for all ages and skill levels.

It comes as a surprise to many to learn that the Mitten is home to 42 ski areas, the second largest in the country behind New York, according to Forbes information. The majority have extensive snowmaking systems to ensure quality conditions no matter how snowy your backyard is.

The National Ski Association, now called US Ski and Snowboard, was established in Ishpeming, Michigan, in 1904, according to records from the Historical Marker Database. Ishpeming is now home to the United States Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame due to the city’s historic role in the development of skiing in America.

It’s no wonder then that two of the top three ski resorts in the Midwest region are in Michigan, according to a 2022-23 report of the country’s best ski resorts by US News, which ranked 22 resorts as raw.

Mount Boyne

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Northern Michigan is home to this family ski resort – one of the best in the state – which features 60 trails served by 12 chairlifts and 415 acres of skiable terrain.


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Boyne Mountain Station

Boyne Mountain Station


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Northern Michigan is home to Boyne Mountain, a family ski resort with 60 runs served by 12 chairlifts and 415 acres of skiable terrain, according to a 2022-23 ranking of ski resorts by US News.

The Boyne Falls resort was included in the report of the top 22 ski resorts in the country this year. According to the report, almost half of the slopes are intermediate level slopes, while the rest are split about evenly between beginner and expert slopes.

Downhill skiing isn’t the only thing to do at Boyne Mountain in the winter.

Ice skating, cross-country skiing, snow biking, horseback riding, tubing, zip line and snowshoeing will certainly keep you busy throughout your stay. Visitors can spend an entire day exploring the cafes, shops, and restaurants in the village area at the base of the mountain. The Clock Tower Lodge is a great place to stay as it offers ski-to-door access to the mountain, as well as a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness center and on-site restaurant, according to the report. . .

crystal mountain

crystal mountain

crystal mountain


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crystal mountain

crystal mountain


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Michigan’s Crystal Mountain is about 35 miles southeast of Traverse City. Eight lift options take skiers to nearly 60 designated trails, half of which are lit for night skiing, according to a 2022-23 ranking of ski resorts by US News.

The Thompsonville resort was also included in the report of the top 22 ski resorts in the country this year.

According to the report, almost half of the slopes are suitable for intermediate skiers, while 22% are for beginners and 30% are for advanced skiers. Three terrain park areas provide access to ramps, rails, jumps and more. There are also cross-country ski and fat tire snow bike options for those who prefer to stay on flat ground.

At the base of the mountain, visitors will find an ice rink, an outdoor hot tub, shops, archery and other activities, restaurants, and plenty of accommodation options. Stay at the Bungalows at Crystal Den if you’re traveling with a large group, the Inn at the Mountain if you need to combine work and play, or the Hamlet for traditional accommodations, according to the report.

Both resorts have already rolled out season ski passes for the end of the 2022-2023 ski season. Several pass tiers are available for purchase.

See full Boyne Mountain pass details here. And see all the details on the passes at Crystal Mountain here.

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