Snow Snake

Snow Snake is a ski area located in the state of Michigan in USA. The resort is in the town of Harrison, MI.

We recently ranked all of Michigan's ski resorts, so you can see where Snow Snake stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Season Passes

Snow Snake 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 with with Snow Snake. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Snow Snake's website.

Lodging Options

There are numerous options to stay at Snow Snake around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.

Snow Snake Terrain Overview

Snow Snake has a total of 12 ski trails, which are serviced by 6 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Snow Snake 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, 0.1 square miles, or 0.2 square kilometers.

Snow Snake's slopes see on average 90 inches (27 meters) of snowfall a year.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
40(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall
90"(2,743 cm)

Snow Snake Elevation

Snow Snake has a summit elevation of 1,230 feet, or 375 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,020 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 210 feet (64 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

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

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,230'(375 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
210'(64 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
1,020'(311 m)

Snow Snake Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
27.6out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Snow Snake 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 30% of its trails are rated as "beginner", and a vertical drop of only 210 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.

Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

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

Since Snow Snake is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area, it has 30% of its trails are rated as "beginner-level". 50% trails are rated as intermediate.
Green Circle
30%(12 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
50%(20 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 Snow Snake good for beginners?

Snow Snake 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. 30% of its trails are rated as "beginner".

Snow Snake Location

Snow Snake is located in the state of Michigan, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Harrison, MI.

Harrison, MI 48625 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
44.32000, -85.60000

Getting to Snow Snake

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Snow Snake), its coordinates of 44.32000, -85.60000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Harrison, 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 Snow Snake.

Milwaukee Mitchell International AirportMKEMilwaukee, WI149 mi
Detroit Metropolitan AirportDTWDetroit, MI184 mi
O'Hare International AirportORDChicago, IL199 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 Snow Snake.

Cherry Capital AirportTVCTraverse City, MI29 mi
Muskegon County AirportMKGMuskegon, MI86 mi
MBS International AirportMBSSaginaw, MI93 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Snow Snake, 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 Snow Snake.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Caberfae PeaksBoon, MI1,545 ft35%0 mi
Ski BruleBoon, MI1,861 ft37%0 mi
Swiss ValleyJones, MI1,200 ft30%0 mi
Crystal MountainThompsonville, MI1,132 ft33%24 mi
Mt. HolidayTraverse City, MI440 ft34%30 mi
Schuss Mountian at Shanty CreekBellaire, MI1,125 ft35%46 mi
Hanson HillsGrayling, MI1,362 ft15%47 mi
Alpine ValleyElmira, MI1,210 ft32%57 mi
Timber RidgeGobles, MI941 ft23%58 mi
BittersweetGrant, MI850 ft28%66 mi
Boyne MountainBoyne Falls, MI1,120 ft27%67 mi
TreetopsGaylord, MI1,345 ft28%67 mi
Petoskey Sports ParkPetoskey, MI791 ft0%79 mi
Nubs NobHarbor Springs, MI1,338 ft30%86 mi
CannonsburgBelmont, MI1,100 ft44%87 mi
Mulligan's HollowGrand Haven, MI1,300 ft17%92 mi
Apple MountainFreeland, MI620 ft23%95 mi

Snow Snake Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,230 ft
Base Elevation1,020 ft
Vertical Drop210 ft
(30% Beginner,  50% Intermediate,  20% Expert)
Skiable Acres40
Avg. Annual Snowfall90 inches
Snow Snake Mountain Stats