Michigan ski webcams show the snow so you know before you go
Website links ski cams across Michigan
November, 2016 - Clarkston, MI - Even when the ground is bare, there can be plenty of snow on Michigan’s ski slopes, thanks to advanced snowmaking and grooming techniques. Steve Kershner, chairman of the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA), and director of snow sports for Shanty Creek Resorts says that even if Mother Nature doesn’t provide the perfect base of snow, Michigan’s ski areas can build one.  To prove it, MSIA has created a page on its website that links to ski area webcams all across the state.  “By visiting the webcam page on MSIA’s website, goskimichigan.com, you can see what is happening on the slopes and trails across Michigan in real time,” says Kershner.  “Each year our ski areas add more and better snowmaking equipment, to insure that when temperatures are 28º or lower, there will be snow on the slopes,” he adds.

Bob Frye inducted into the Michigan Ski Hall of Fame
Clarkston, MI (November 2016) – Robert Frye, founder of Cross Country Ski Headquarters in the Higgins Lake/Roscommon area, was recently inducted into the Michigan Ski Hall of Fame. Frye opened Cross Country Ski Headquarters in 1974. The business started with a small rental fleet of 10 pairs of cross-country skis and Bob's mission - to share his passion for cross-country skiing in Michigan.

 What's new on Michigan's Ski Slopes and trails for the 2016/17 Winter
Clarkston, MI  (November 2016) – Skiers and boarders can look forward to the coming season with plenty of places to enjoy Michigan’s snow-filled slopes and trails.  With a combined total of 50 open ski areas, boasting over 240 lifts, about 1,000 runs, more than 80 terrain parks and hundreds of kilometers of groomed cross-country, fat bike and snowshoe trails, there is something for everyone.

COLD IS COOL - Ski areas encourage kids to get out, have fun, and get healthy with field trips and free skiing for fourth and fifth graders!
Clarkston, MI (November 2016) Ski areas and resorts across Michigan have teamed up with participating McDonald’s restaurants to give kids an opportunity to get out, have fun and get healthy this winter. That’s why they have created the “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport. All fourth- and fifth-grade kids who apply for a passport can ski for free, up to three times, at each of the 30 participating ski areas.

Snow Facts
Even if the ground is bare, with just a little cold weather Michigan's ski slopes can be blanketed in white.

"White Gold Card" Helps Skiers On A Budget
The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) has produced a card that allows the holder to ski at 35 different Michigan ski areas this winter for just $269. Called the MSIA White Gold Card, it entitles the purchaser to ski one time at each of the participating ski areas during the 2016/2017 ski season. In addition to the 35 lift tickets, White Gold Card purchasers also receive one complimentary ski or snowboard tune-up, 3 hot wax sessions and a coupon for $20 off a purchase of $100 at participating retailers. The retail value is over $1,600!

McDonald's "Discover Michigan Skiing" Makes Learning to Ski or Snowboard a Breeze in January
Ski areas across the state have teamed up with Michigan McDonald's restaurants to offer a popular and very affordable introduction to the sport of skiing and snowboarding. Called Discover Michigan Skiing, the program is designed to introduce a healthy outdoor winter activity to Michigan's residents.

Ski Areas Across U.S. and Canada vie for World's Largest Ski/Snowboard Lesson
Ski areas across the U.S. and Canada have registered to host a Guinness Book of World Records event to teach more people to ski or snowboard at one time across North America.  The event takes place on Friday, January 6, 2017.

What's New for 2016/17 Winter on Michigan's Cross-Country Ski Trails
Michigan is home to 3,000 miles of cross-country skiing trails and with winter approaching, it’s time to get out and enjoy them.  The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association announced changes and improvements to trails at ski areas across the state for the upcoming season.

Comfort and Joy - The evolution of ski and snowboard clothing and equipment
Learn what's new in fashion and functionality on Michigan's slopes and trails.

Three Ways to Save on Skiing in Michigan
MSIA offers suggestions on saving cash while enjoying the slopes.

The History of Michigan Skiing
From Houghton to Holly, Michigan is steeped in skiing history.

Governor Snyder proclaims January as Discover Michigan Snow Sports Month
Understanding the importance of winter recreational activities, Governor Rick Snyder has issued a proclamation declaring January as “Discover Michigan Snow Sports Month.” The proclamation states that, “during this month, we encourage Michigan residents and visitors to learn more about and take advantage of the many snow sports Pure Michigan has to offer.”

Beaumont Children’s Hospital donates snow sports helmets to Pine Knob
Donation benefits area students participating in ‘School Ski Days’
Thanks to funding from Beaumont Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the Pine Knob Ski and Snowboard Resort in Clarkston recently received 100 snow sports helmets for use by participants in their School Ski Days program.
Description: Students skiing for the first time
 Students from the Medicine and Community Health Academy at
Cody High School (Detroit) were the first to use the helmets.
Because of the recent donation from Beaumont Children’s Hospital, the daily rental fee for helmets for area students participating in Pine Knob’s weekday School Ski Days program will be waived.
Says Patrick Deibel, director, Pine Knob Ski School and coordinator of the School Ski Days program, “We’re grateful for this gift. All School Ski Days participants will now be provided with a helmet at no cost to use during their ski program at Pine Knob.”
Medical research has shown that helmet use in snow sports can reduce the incidence of head injury by up to 60 percent. Canadian researchers found that skiers’ risk of head injury fell by 35 percent with helmet use.
For more information on snow sports helmets, visit the following websites:

MSIA & The President's Challenge

 Presidential Active Lifestyle AwardMSIA's winter programs have been approved for The President's Challenge which is a program encouraging regular activity among children and adults.

Lids on Kids

Lids on Kids Ski Helmets

Lids on Kids provides information on helmet safety and answers questions about helmet use.

MSIA Tweets

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