Metro Detroit Downhill-Skiing Resorts

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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.

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    Alpine Valley is located in White Lake, Michigan. The resort has a lounge with dancing and a great view. You can check out the trail map here. Here are some area specs:

    • Vertical Drop: 300 feet
    • Elevation: 1,210 feet
    • Longest Run: 2,000 feet
    • Slopes: 25
    • Beginner: 11
    • Intermediate: 6
    • Advanced: 8
    • 9 High Capacity Chairs
    • 4 Beginner Ropes,
    • 1 Wonder Carpet (for beginners)
    • Length of Season: December – March
    • Snowmaking Capacity: 100% of Area

    Alpine Valley claims to be the largest ski resort in southeastern Michigan with the most beginner runs. The lodge is pretty old, but the runs are good for families and intermediate skiers. Be sure to check their website for most updated pricing.

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    Mt. Brighton is located in Brighton off of M-23. The facilities include Bruhn’s Bar, Ski Hill Grill, and the Ore Creek Mountain Grill. Here is their trail map. Here are some area specs:

    • 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

    Mt. Brighton has the most runs in southeast Michigan. 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. Be sure to check their website for most updated pricing.

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    Mt. Holly is located in Holly. The resort has two cafeterias, a lounge, and a fireplace room. Their trail map can be viewed here. Here are some area specs:

    • 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

    Mt. Holly has southeast Michigan's longest run. Mt. Holly is great for families with beginner and intermediate skiers. It also gets good marks for the speed of its lifts. Be sure to check their website for most updated pricing.

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    Pine Knob is located in Clarkston off of I-75. Restaurants include the Quicksilver Cafe (a cafeteria), Off the Wall Lounge and Pinery Snack Bar. The trails are great. Here are some area specs:

    • 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

    The resort has double-diamond runs and race leagues. It also prides itself on its snow-making equipment and prowess. The staff is young and the ski lift is fast. Be sure to check their website for most updated pricing.