Apple Mountain Ski Resort

Apple Mountain Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Michigan in USA. The resort is in the town of Freeland, MI. We recently ranked all of Michigan's ski resorts, so you can see where Apple Mountain stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Apple Mountain is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Apple Mountain Ski Resort.

Apple Mountain Lodging:

Apple Mountain Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Apple Mountain has a total of 12 ski trails, which are serviced by 5 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Apple Mountain is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 40 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 16 hectares, 0 square miles, or 0 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
40(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Apple Mountain Ski Resort Elevation

Apple Mountain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 620 feet, or 189 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 600 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 20 feet (6 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Apple Mountain has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
620'(189 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
20'(6 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
600'(183 m)

Apple Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
23.2out of 100
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Apple Mountain is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area. It is in fact one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. This is due to it having 40% of its trails are rated as "beginner", and a vertical drop of only 20 feet.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski 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.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Apple Mountain has 40 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Since Apple Mountain is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area, it has 40% of its trails are rated as "beginner-level". 40% trails are rated as intermediate.
40%(16 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
40%(16 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
20%(8 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Apple Mountain Ski Resort good for beginners?

Apple Mountain is a very beginner-friendly course. In fact, it is one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. 40% of its trails are rated as "beginner".

Apple Mountain Ski Resort Location

Apple Mountain Ski Resort is located in the state of Michigan, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Freeland, MI.

Freeland, MI 48623 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
43.46000, -84.10000

Getting to Apple Mountain Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Apple Mountain Ski Resort), its coordinates of 43.46000, -84.10000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Freeland, MI to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Apple Mountain Ski Resort.

Detroit Metropolitan AirportDTWDetroit, MI94 mi
Cleveland Hopkins International AirportCLECleveland, OH182 mi
Milwaukee Mitchell International AirportMKEMilwaukee, WI194 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Apple Mountain.

MBS International AirportMBSSaginaw, MI5 mi
Bishop International AirportFNTFlint, MI39 mi
Capital City AirportLANLansing, MI53 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Apple Mountain Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Apple Mountain Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Mt. HollyHolly, MI1,105 ft39%51 mi
Pine KnobClarkston, MI1,300 ft35%61 mi
Mt. BrightonBrighton, MI1,330 ft34%66 mi
CannonsburgBelmont, MI1,100 ft45%75 mi
BittersweetGrant, MI850 ft28%84 mi
Hanson HillsGrayling, MI1,362 ft15%88 mi
The HomesteadGlen Arbor, MI875 ft31%93 mi
Caberfae PeaksBoon, MI1,545 ft35%95 mi
Ski BruleBoon, MI1,861 ft37%95 mi
Snow SnakeHarrison, MI1,230 ft28%95 mi
Swiss ValleyJones, MI1,200 ft31%95 mi

Apple Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation620 ft
Base Elevation600 ft
Vertical Drop20 ft
(40% Beginner,  40% Intermediate,  20% Expert)
Skiable Acres40
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Apple Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats