Swiss Valley Ski Resort

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

Swiss Valley is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.

Swiss Valley Lodging:

Swiss Valley Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Swiss Valley has a total of 11 ski trails, which are serviced by 7 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Swiss Valley is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 60 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 24 hectares, 0 square miles, or 0 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
60(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Swiss Valley Ski Resort Elevation

Swiss Valley Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,200 feet, or 366 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 975 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 225 feet (69 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Swiss 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
1,200'(366 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
225'(69 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
975'(297 m)

Swiss Valley Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
30.6out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Swiss 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 80% 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

Swiss Valley has 60 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Swiss Valley is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 20% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 80%.
20%(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
60%(36 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%(12 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 Swiss Valley Ski Resort good for beginners?

Swiss 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 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Swiss Valley Ski Resort Location

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

Jones, MI 49061 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
44.32000, -85.60000

Getting to Swiss Valley Ski Resort

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

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 Swiss Valley.

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 Swiss 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 Swiss Valley Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Ski BruleBoon, MI1,861 ft37%0 mi
Caberfae PeaksBoon, MI1,545 ft35%0 mi
Snow SnakeHarrison, MI1,230 ft28%0 mi
Crystal MountainThompsonville, MI1,132 ft33%24 mi
Mt. HolidayTraverse City, MI440 ft35%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 ft45%87 mi
Mulligan's HollowGrand Haven, MI1,300 ft17%92 mi
Apple MountainFreeland, MI620 ft23%95 mi

Swiss Valley Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,200 ft
Base Elevation975 ft
Vertical Drop225 ft
(20% Beginner,  60% Intermediate,  20% Expert)
Skiable Acres60
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Swiss Valley Ski Resort Mountain Stats