Alpine Valley Ski Resort

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

Alpine Valley 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 Alpine Valley Ski Resort.

Alpine Valley Lodging:

Alpine Valley Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Alpine Valley has a total of 25 ski trails, which are serviced by 14 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Alpine Valley is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 118 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 48 hectares, 0 square miles, or 0 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
118(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Alpine Valley Ski Resort Elevation

Alpine Valley Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,210 feet, or 369 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 910 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 300 feet (91 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

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

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,210'(369 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
300'(91 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
910'(277 m)

Alpine Valley Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
32.2out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Alpine Valley can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 61% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


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

Alpine Valley has 118 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Alpine Valley is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 39% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 61%.
39%(46 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
26%(31 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
35%(41 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 Alpine Valley Ski Resort good for beginners?

Alpine Valley can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 61% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Alpine Valley Ski Resort Location

Alpine Valley Ski Resort is located in the state of Michigan, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Elmira, MI.

Elmira, MI 49730 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
44.96000, -84.87000

Getting to Alpine Valley Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Alpine Valley Ski Resort), its coordinates of 44.96000, -84.87000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Elmira, 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 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 Alpine Valley.

Cherry Capital AirportTVCTraverse City, MI38 mi
Pellston Regional Airport of Emmet County AirportPLNPellston, MI42 mi
Alpena County Regional AirportAPNAlpena, MI64 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Alpine Valley 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 Alpine Valley Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
TreetopsGaylord, MI1,345 ft28%13 mi
Timber RidgeGobles, MI941 ft23%14 mi
Boyne MountainBoyne Falls, MI1,120 ft27%15 mi
Schuss Mountian at Shanty CreekBellaire, MI1,125 ft35%15 mi
Hanson HillsGrayling, MI1,362 ft15%23 mi
Petoskey Sports ParkPetoskey, MI791 ft0%28 mi
Nubs NobHarbor Springs, MI1,338 ft30%35 mi
Mt. HolidayTraverse City, MI440 ft35%35 mi
Caberfae PeaksBoon, MI1,545 ft35%57 mi
Ski BruleBoon, MI1,861 ft37%57 mi
Snow SnakeHarrison, MI1,230 ft28%57 mi
Swiss ValleyJones, MI1,200 ft31%57 mi
Crystal MountainThompsonville, MI1,132 ft33%64 mi

Alpine Valley Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,210 ft
Base Elevation910 ft
Vertical Drop300 ft
(39% Beginner,  26% Intermediate,  35% Expert)
Skiable Acres118
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Alpine Valley Ski Resort Mountain Stats