SOURCE: Michigan Snowsports Industries Association

Michigan Snowsports Industries Association

December 19, 2012 09:00 ET

Michigan Ski Areas Offer a Special Learning Program in January

CLARKSTON, MI--(Marketwire - Dec 19, 2012) -  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, which has run every January for the past 19 years, includes: a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross-country trail pass. Twenty-two ski facilities are offering the package, which will be honored from January 2 through January 31, 2013. 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. 

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 online at Participants choose the ski area 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; Cross Country Ski Headquarters of Roscommon; Hanson Hills of Grayling; Marquette Mountain of Marquette; Mont Ripley in Houghton; Mt. Brighton of Brighton; Mt. Holiday of Traverse City; Mt. Holly in Holly; Mt. Zion in Ironwood; Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex in Muskegon; Nubs Nob in Harbor Springs; Pine Knob in Clarkston; Shanty Creek of Bellaire; Ski Brule of Iron River; Swiss Valley Ski Area of Jones; The Homestead of Glen Arbor; Timber Ridge Ski Area of Gobles; and Treetops Resort of Gaylord.

Discover Michigan Skiing has been approved as an "advocate" for The President's Challenge, the premier program of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. The Challenge encourages regular activity among children and adults. For more information, go to and click on Discover Michigan Skiing -- or call MSIA at (248) 620-4448. 

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Mickey MacWilliams
    MSIA Executive Director
    (248) 620-4448