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List of Metro Detroit Downhill-Skiing Resorts and Areas in 2010

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Michigan has a lot of ski resorts and areas, but our biggest hills/mountains are up north. In the Metro-Detroit area, there are four ski areas available. They are listed below. Their current snow and trail conditions can be found at Weather Underground.

Alpine Valley

Location: White Lake

Facilities: The resort has a lounge with dancing and a great view.

Trails:

  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • 25 slopes (44% easy, 24% intermediate, 32% expert), three terrain parks, and a 350' half pipe
  • Snowmaking: 100% of area
  • 300 ft. vertical drop
  • Longest Run: 2,000 feet
  • Nine chairlifts, four tow ropes and a magic carpet
  • New rental skiis in 2010

Claim to Fame: Alpine Valley claims to be the largest ski resort in southeastern Michigan with the most beginner runs. 

Word on the street: The lodge is pretty old, but the runs are good for families and intermediate skiers.

Rates for all-day lift ticket:
$31 weekday
$48 weekend

Kids: Lessons start at age 4
 

Mt. Brighton

Location: Brighton off of M-23

Facilities: The Bauery Restaurant and Bar (sit-down with view)
Cafeteria with picnic benches
Outdoor snack bar

Trails:

  • 26 runs (30% easy, 40% intermediate, 30% expert) and two terrain parks
  • 250 ft. vertical drop
  • Longest run: 1500 feet
  • 100% snowmaking
  • Seven chairlifts and 11 surface lifts
  • 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. skiing on Saturday nights

Claim to Fame: Mt. Brighton has the most runs in southeast Michigan.

Word on the street: It is a good resort for beginners and families. There are lots of snowboarders and the resort is good for all levels of skiers, but there may be a problem with service.  

Rates for all-day lift ticket: $31 weekdays / $36 - 46 weekends

Kids: Group lessons start at age eight. Mogul Mouse lessons start at age five.
 

Mt. Holly

Location: Holly

Facilities: The resort has two cafeterias, a lounge and a fireplace room.

Trails:

  • 19 slopes (21% easy, 32% intermediate, 36% expert)
  • 350 ft. vertical drop
  • Longest run: 2100 feet
  • Seven chairlifts, five tow ropes and two magic carpets
  • Nine black diamond runs and a terrain park with a half-pipe

Claim to fame: Mt. Holly has southeast Michigan's longest run.

Word on the street: Mt. Holly is great for families with beginner and intermediate skiers. It also gets good marks for the speed of its lifts.

Rates for all-day lift ticket:
$31 weekday
$38 weekend

Kids: Lessons start at age five
 

Pine Knob

Location: Clarkston off of I-75

Facilities: Restaurants include the Quicksilver Cafe (a cafeteria), Off the Wall Lounge and Pinery Snack Bar

Trails:

  • 17 runs (30% easy, 35% intermediate, 30% expert, 5%double diamond) and three terrain parks
  • 300 ft. vertical drop
  • Longest run: 1620 feet
  • 100% snowmaking
  • Six chairlifts, four tow ropes and two magic carpets

Claim to fame: The resort has double-diamond runs and race leagues. It also prides itself on its snow-making equipment and prowess.

Word on the street: The staff is young and the ski lift is fast.

Rates for all-day lift tickets:
$31 weekdays
$38 weekends (eight-hour pass)

Kids: Ski lessons start at age 5
 

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