Alpine Valley 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 ticket 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 work with Alpine Valley. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Alpine Valley's website.
There are numerous options to stay at Alpine Valley around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Alpine Valley 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, 0.2 square miles, or 0.5 square kilometers.
Alpine Valley's slopes see on average 35 inches (0.9 meters) of snowfall a year.
Alpine Valley Elevation
Alpine Valley 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.
Alpine Valley Difficulty Level
33.6out of 100
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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.
Skiable Terrain 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 a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 39% of its trails as easy. However, it also has a fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 61%.
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.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
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 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 Location
Alpine Valley is located in the state of Michigan, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Elmira, MI.
Elmira, MI 49730 USA
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Getting to Alpine Valley
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Alpine Valley), 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 Airport||TVC||Traverse City, MI||38 mi|
|Pellston Regional Airport of Emmet County Airport||PLN||Pellston, MI||42 mi|
|Alpena County Regional Airport||APN||Alpena, MI||64 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Alpine Valley, 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.
|Treetops||Gaylord, MI||1,345 ft||29%||13 mi|
|Timber Ridge||Gobles, MI||941 ft||24%||14 mi|
|Boyne Mountain||Boyne Falls, MI||1,120 ft||28%||15 mi|
|Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek||Bellaire, MI||1,125 ft||36%||15 mi|
|Hanson Hills||Grayling, MI||1,362 ft||15%||23 mi|
|Petoskey Sports Park||Petoskey, MI||791 ft||0%||28 mi|
|Nubs Nob||Harbor Springs, MI||1,338 ft||31%||35 mi|
|Mt. Holiday||Traverse City, MI||440 ft||36%||35 mi|
|Caberfae Peaks||Boon, MI||1,545 ft||37%||57 mi|
|Ski Brule||Boon, MI||1,861 ft||39%||57 mi|
|Snow Snake||Harrison, MI||1,230 ft||29%||57 mi|
|Swiss Valley||Jones, MI||1,200 ft||32%||57 mi|
|Crystal Mountain||Thompsonville, MI||1,132 ft||35%||64 mi|
Alpine Valley Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||1,210 ft|
|Base Elevation||910 ft|
|Vertical Drop||300 ft|
(39% Beginner, 26% Intermediate, 35% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||35 inches|