The Homestead is a ski area located in the state of Michigan in USA. The resort is in the town of Glen Arbor, MI.
We recently ranked all of Michigan's ski resorts, so you can see where The Homestead stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
The Homestead 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 The Homestead. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit The Homestead's website.
There are numerous options to stay at The Homestead around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
The Homestead Terrain Overview
The Homestead has a total of 15 ski trails, which are serviced by 5 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The Homestead is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 16 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 6 hectares, 0.0 square miles, or 0.1 square kilometers.
The Homestead's slopes see on average 156 inches (4.0 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 13 feet every year!
The Homestead Elevation
The Homestead has a summit elevation of 875 feet, or 267 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 500 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 375 feet (114 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
The Homestead has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.
The Homestead Difficulty Level
32out 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
The Homestead has 16 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.The Homestead is a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 25% of its trails as easy. However, it also has a fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 75%.
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 The Homestead good for beginners?
The Homestead 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 75% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.
The Homestead Location
The Homestead is located in the state of Michigan, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Glen Arbor, MI.
Glen Arbor, MI 49636 USA
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Getting to The Homestead
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (The Homestead), its coordinates of 42.73000, -85.65000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Glen Arbor, 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 The Homestead.
|Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport||MKE||Milwaukee, WI||115 mi|
|Detroit Metropolitan Airport||DTW||Detroit, MI||122 mi|
|Midway International Airport||MDW||Chicago, IL||126 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 The Homestead.
|Gerald R. Ford International Airport||GRR||Grand Rapids, MI||12 mi|
|Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport||AZO||Kalamazoo, MI||35 mi|
|Muskegon County Airport||MKG||Muskegon, MI||42 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to The Homestead, 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 The Homestead.
|Cannonsburg||Belmont, MI||1,100 ft||47%||24 mi|
|Mulligan's Hollow||Grand Haven, MI||1,300 ft||17%||37 mi|
|Bittersweet||Grant, MI||850 ft||29%||45 mi|
|Clear Fork||Butler, OH||2,400 ft||34%||91 mi|
|Apple Mountain||Freeland, MI||620 ft||24%||93 mi|
|Mt. Brighton||Brighton, MI||1,330 ft||36%||94 mi|
The Homestead Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||875 ft|
|Base Elevation||500 ft|
|Vertical Drop||375 ft|
(25% Beginner, 55% Intermediate, 20% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||156 inches|