For many people, the colder weather means snuggling up by the fire and reading a book or going shopping and braving the crowds to snag the perfect gift for those on your holiday list. For others, the colder weather means it’s time to hit the slopes. Skiing can be an exhilarating experience, and in the right setting, even novice skiers can have a great time safely. Knowing where to go for some quality skiing can make your skiing getaway a success. Read on for our list of the top five ski spots in and around Grand Rapids.
The Cannonsburg Ski Area, one of the closest skiing spots to Grand Rapids, is a phenomenal destination if you want to enjoy the snow but don’t want to drive too far. Within a 20-minute drive from downtown Grand Rapids, you’ll find something to do for everyone. The kids can take some skiing lessons through the Cannonsburg Kids program. This weekend program will teach children ages 6-12 to ski and ride by helping little skiers of all levels learn new techniques and feel confident on the hill. These group lessons help young skiers organically learn with the help of instructors, and they give kids the ability to socialize with peers.
Adults can take private or group lessons or hit the hills in Adult Race Leagues. Guests have the opportunity to go tubing or winter biking. Rentals are available if you don’t have your own equipment. Skis and snowboards are $30 each, and helmets are $10.
All-day general admission tickets for guests 11 and older are $35, while evening tickets from 4 p.m. to closing time are $25. Junior tickets are $25 for an all-day pass and $20 for an evening pass. Guests under 7 can enter for free. You’ll find Cannonsburg at 6800 Cannonsburg Road. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information about season passes or special events, call 616-874-6711.
The Bittersweet Ski and Snowboard Resort in Otsego is for the skiing fanatic. It has 350 vertical feet, 20 runs, seven chair lifts, two wonder carpets, and two rope tows. Visitors can enroll in ski school for a crash course or to freshen up on their technique before braving the hills. Warm up in the lodge, and stop by the Bittersweet Coffee Bar to sip on some gourmet fresh-brewed Caribou Coffee or munch on sweet treats from the local Island City Bakery.
Bittersweet Ski and Snowboard Resort is at 600 River Road in Otsego, Michigan. Ski and snowboard rentals are available, but they have limited capacity, so get there early to secure your equipment. Daily lift tickets are sold in-person only and range from $40 to $65, depending on the day you go. Beginner Hill lift tickets are $40 Monday through Friday, $55 on Saturdays and holidays, and $53 on Sundays. A general lift ticket is $50 Monday through Friday, $65 Saturdays and holidays, and $63 on Sundays. Check the website to learn about group rates. For information on season passes or current regulations, you can also call 269-694-2820.
Mulligan’s Hollow is ideal for families wanting to ski but also wanting to save some money. Because the focus is on family and community at Mulligan’s, parents always ski free. Mulligan’s Hollow was once farmland but now provides both experienced and novice skiers with a range of options to fit their level of expertise. The ski bowl has six slopes with adjoining trails, five rope tows, and 7 acres of open area for snowboarding. The longest slope is 700 feet, while the shortest is a safe 250 feet. If you are a night owl, then you are in luck. At Mulligan’s, all slopes are clearly lit for night skiing.
Mulligan’s is at Mulligan Drive in Grand Haven. Season passes start at $95. Mulligan’s opens Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For information, call 616-842-0634. You can also email the executive director, Nathan Patterson, at email@example.com.
The Fred Meijer Millennium Park Trails offers great options for cross-country skiers and those who like the beauty and challenge of natural areas with flat terrain. Although most of the park is closed, off-season parking is located on the east side of Maynard Avenue. The access road, Butterworth Drive, is plowed in the winter, and Kent Trails North Trailhead is groomed for skiing and fat tire biking.
The trails are at 1415 Maynard Ave. SW in Grand Rapids. Check out the map to plan your day. This location is also ideal for snapping a few photos before you track on the fresh powder, as the lighting is gorgeous and the background serene. For additional park information or to learn about shelter rentals, call 616-632-7275.
You can find Cascade Peace Park at 8900 Grand River Drive in Ada, Michigan. This unique area allows leashed pets and offers 198 acres of extensive forest, wetlands, and meadows. Skiers enjoy the scenic vistas and native wildlife. This little-known ski spot is ideal for those who like untouched powder. Many other activities are available to take part in when you’re not in your ski gear. The conservation area, established in 2009, is a prime location to see birds. Be sure to bring your binoculars and a camera with a powerful lens if you hope to catch some photos of birds in their natural habitat.
For information regarding trail maps or to learn about hunting regulations, call the main office at 616-451-9476.
So there you have it. Goodman Acker has just shared with you our list of the top five skiing spots in and around Grand Rapids. If you want to explore the slopes, check out one of these locations. What do you think of our list? Did we miss your favorite location to ski down some powder? If we did, let us know! Leave a message and we’ll be happy to check out your suggestions. Meanwhile, get to know our skilled and knowledgeable team of professionals ready to help you get the compensation you deserve for your personal injuries.
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