SOURCE: Michigan Snowsports Industries Association

Michigan Snowsports Industries Association

December 20, 2011 12:21 ET

Humans Were Never Meant to Hibernate... So This January, Discover Michigan Skiing

CLARKSTON, MI--(Marketwire - Dec 20, 2011) - Ski areas across the state have teamed up with Michigan McDonald's restaurants to offer a popular and very affordable introduction to the sport of skiing and snowboarding, called Discover Michigan Skiing.

The program includes: a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross-country trail pass. Twenty-three ski facilities are offering the package, which will be honored from January 2 through January 31, 2012. The prices for the Discover Michigan Skiing program are: $20 for Discover Michigan Cross-Country Skiing; $30 for Discover Michigan Downhill Skiing; and $40 for Discover Michigan Snowboarding. The program is open to everyone 7 years and older.

The lesson normally covers basic maneuvering on skis or snowboards, including stopping, turning, riding the lifts, and getting up from a fall. Discover Michigan Skiing is part of the national "Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month" campaign, which is designed to provide a way for people all across the country to learn to ski or snowboard affordably and carries the slogan, "Humans were never meant to hibernate."

To sign up, interested beginners must have a Discover Michigan Skiing Value Voucher. They are available at participating Michigan McDonald's restaurants and MSIA retail ski stores while quantities last. A printable voucher is also available at The voucher lists all ski facilities offering the program. Participants choose the place they wish to visit and then must call to pre-register. Program times differ from ski area to ski area.

Participating ski areas include:

  • Apple Mountain in Freeland
  • Big Powderhorn in Bessemer
  • Blackjack Ski Resort also in Bessemer
  • Bittersweet in Otsego
  • Boyne Highlands of Harbor Springs
  • Boyne Mountain of Boyne Falls
  • Caberfae Peaks of Cadillac
  • Cannonsburg Ski Area in Cannonsburg
  • Cross Country Ski Headquarters of Roscommon
  • Hanson Hills of Grayling; Mt. Brighton of Brighton
  • Mt. Holly in Holly
  • Mt. Zion in Ironwood
  • Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex in Muskegon
  • Norway Mountain in Norway
  • Nubs Nob in Harbor Springs
  • Pine Knob in Clarkston
  • Shanty Creek of Bellaire
  • Swiss Valley Ski Area of Jones
  • The Homestead of Glen Arbor
  • Timber Ridge Ski Area of Gobles
  • Treetops Resort of Gaylord

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Mickey MacWilliams
    MSIA Executive Director
    Office phone: (248) 620-4448
    Cell phone: (248) 330-5558
    Email: Email Contact