Michigan Ski Resorts Ranked & Mapped

Michigan has a rich history of skiing. While it may not be as well known for the sport as say Utah, Wyoming or Colorado, Michigan can still hold its own. Featuring over 32 ski resorts, Michigan should definitely be on the short list for your next ski vacation.

All Michigan Ski Resorts

The ‘Pass’ column below identifies if the resort is associated with one of the two major ski passes in the country. IKON and EPIC each have dozens of slopes in their system that will allow you to ski at any one of them if you hold it.

The IKON Ski Pass has the best representation in Michigan, with three resorts all participating in it. EPIC (from Vail), is only associated with one MI ski resort.

ResortPassLocation
Alpine ValleyElmira, MI, 49730
Apple MountainFreeland, MI, 48623
Big PowderhornINDYIronwood, MI, 49938
Big Snow (Indianhead Mountain)Wakefield, MI, 49968
BittersweetGrant, MI, 49327
BlackjackRamsay, MI, 49959
Boyne MountainIKONBoyne Falls, MI, 49713
Caberfae PeaksINDYBoon, MI, 49618
CannonsburgBelmont, MI, 49341
Crystal MountainINDYThompsonville, MI, 49683
Hanson HillsGrayling, MI, 49738
John & Melissa Besse Sports ParkGladstone, MI, 49837
Marquette MountainMarquette, MI, 49855
Mont RipleyHancock, MI, 49930
Mount BohemiaMohawk, MI, 49950
Mt. BrightonEPICBrighton, MI, 48116
Mt. HolidayTraverse City, MI, 49686
Mt. HollyHolly, MI, 48442
Mt. Zion Ski HillIronwood, MI, 49938
Mulligan’s HollowGrand Haven, MI, 49417
Nubs NobHarbor Springs, MI, 49740
Petoskey Sports ParkPetoskey, MI, 49770
Pine KnobClarkston, MI, 48348
Pine MountainINDYIron Mountain, MI, 49801
Schuss Mountian at Shanty CreekINDYBellaire, MI, 49615
Ski BruleBoon, MI, 49618
Snow SnakeHarrison, MI, 48625
Swiss ValleyINDYJones, MI, 49061
The HomesteadGlen Arbor, MI, 49636
Timber RidgeGobles, MI, 49055
TreetopsGaylord, MI, 49735

Explaining Our ‘Difficulty Score’

Parks & Trips created a proprietary Difficulty Score that is generated by looking at the number of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then gives each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

The Most Difficult Michigan Ski Resorts

It is no surprise that Mount Bohemia is at the top here. It actually has made various Top 10 lists across the country, and has no easy trails. With over 450 skiable acres, 93% of which are rated “Expert”, this resort is a destination for many avid skiers.

Rounding out the top five include four other slopes that are all mid-range difficulty when compared to all the other slopes in the country.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty Score
#1Mount Bohemia0%7%93%71%
#2Big Snow (Indianhead Mountain)17%33%50%47%
#3Cannonsburg20%25%55%45%
#4Mont Ripley22%30%48%43%
#5Marquette Mountain15%50%35%42%

The Easiest Ski Resorts in Michigan

Three of our least difficult ski resorts in Michigan have no expert-level trails. These are very family-friendly resorts that everyone can have a great time in the snow at. Gladstone Resort wins here since it is composed of 60% easy trails.

Rank ResortGreen TrailsBlue TrailsBlack TrailsDifficulty Score
#1Petoskey Sports Park100%0%0%0%
#2John & Melissa Besse Sports Park60%40%0%11%
#3Hanson Hills50%50%0%15%
#4Mulligan’s Hollow50%50%0%17%
#5Timber Ridge38%49%13%23%

The Largest Ski Resorts in Michigan

Choosing the largest ski resorts is a bit of a tricky proposition. Do you look at just the summit elevation? How about the total acreage, most trails, or steepest vertical drop?

Well, we decided to combine all four of those metrics into one ranking to get the best idea, although we fully admit this is completely subjective. We’ve given you all the data in the following table to make your own decision.

However, if you are looking to go big in Michigan, Mount Bohemia wins here hands-down. The only real question is who’s in second place.

Rank ResortSummit ElevationBase ElevationVertical DropAcresTrails
#1Mount Bohemia1,500 ft600 ft900 ft450105
#2Big Snow (Indianhead Mountain)1,935 ft1,297 ft638 ft23830
#3Big Powderhorn1,800 ft1,200 ft600 ft25345
#4Marquette Mountain1,357 ft757 ft600 ft16925
#5Ski Brule1,861 ft1,361 ft500 ft15017