Learn to ski affordably! 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 in January. Some ski areas have extended Discover Michigan Skiing into February! Treetops, Mt. Brighton, Timber Ridge and Swiss Valley are continuing the program into February. Other ski areas may be doing this as well. Check with the ski area you want to visit. You may still be able to register!
Try cross-country skiing for $20, downhill skiing for $30 and snowboarding for $40.
Humans were never meant to hibernate so this January, Discover Michigan Skiing!
(ALSO NOTE: Please check out ADDITIONAL Learn to Ski and Snowboard offers at the bottom of this page!)
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, which has run every January for the past 19 years, includes: a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross-country trail pass. Twenty-three ski facilities are offering the package, which will be honored from January 2 through January 31, 2013. The prices for the Discover Michigan Skiing program are: $20 for Discover Michigan Cross-Country Skiing; $30 for Discover Michigan Downhill Skiing; and $40 for Discover Michigan Snowboarding. The program is open to everyone 7 years and older.
The lesson normally covers basic maneuvering on skis or snowboards, including stopping, turning, riding the lifts, and getting up from a fall. Discover Michigan Skiing is part of the national “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month” campaign, which is designed to provide a way for people all across the country to learn to ski or snowboard affordably and carries the slogan, “Humans were never meant to hibernate.”
To sign up, interested beginners must have a Discover Michigan Skiing Value Voucher. They are available in December at participating Michigan McDonald’s restaurants and MSIA retail ski stores while quantities last. A printable voucher is also available below. The voucher lists all ski facilities offering the program. Participants choose the place they wish to visit and then must call to pre-register. Program times differ from ski area to ski area.
As a special bonus, everyone who completes the program will receive a packet of ski information in the mail, including a coupon valid for $20 off the purchase of $100 or more in ski-related merchandise at participating MSIA retail ski shops.
Participating ski areas include:
- Apple Mountain in Freeland
- Big Powderhorn in Bessemer
- Blackjack Ski Resort in Bessemer
- Bittersweet in Otsego
- Boyne Highlands of Harbor Springs
- Boyne Mountain of Boyne Falls
- Caberfae Peaks of Cadillac
- Cross Country Ski Headquarters of Roscommon
- Hanson Hills of Grayling
- Marquette Mountain, Marquette
- Mont Ripley in Houghton
- Mt. Brighton of Brighton
- Mt. Holiday, Traverse City
- Mt. Holly in Holly
- Mt. Zion in Ironwood
- Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex in Muskegon
- Nub's Nob in Harbor Springs
- Pine Knob in Clarkston
- Shanty Creek of Bellaire
- Ski Brule of Iron River
- Swiss Valley Ski Area of Jones
- The Homestead of Glen Arbor
- Timber Ridge Ski Area of Gobles
- Treetops Resort of Gaylord
Additional Learn to Ski And Snowboard offers:
Caberfae Peaks in Cadillac - Starting in January, bring a family of 3 to the slopes from 3 p.m. to close any Sunday for only $49! Includes lift tickets, rental equipment & lessons. Additional family members are $15 each.
Timber Ridge Ski Area in Gobles -Family Learn to Ski/Snowboard is offered on Sunday evenings with Lift, Lesson and Rental for one bargain price. This season a new program joins the Family with an opportunity for younger children to learn at the same time. It's called Sunday Kids and is especially designed for children 6,7 & 8 years to explore skiing.
Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville - Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month Special Package Program
Ages 13 and up - $24 for a one hour ski/snowboard lesson with rental ($12 each if you bring one friend!). Ages 7-12 – 2-hour ski/snowboard lesson for $28 (that’s half the normal price) including rental and snacks. Ages 3-6 – 2-hour ski lesson with rental $28 (again, that’s half the normal price) includes snacks. These specials run through the month of January, Monday-Thursday (excluding January 21), with times available for when kids are out of school in the afternoon as well as during the day.
Snow Snake in Harrison is excited to celebrate January Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month! Sundays throughout the month of January, Snow Snake is offering a free, one hour, beginner group lesson at 1:00 p.m. Ages 8 and above are welcome to join in on the fun. All you need is a lift ticket and proper equipment, and we'll provide the instruction!