After a winter with mask mandates, restrictions of people on lifts, and having to reserve your place on the slopes ahead of time, northern Michigan ski resorts expect this season to be a more normal experience. Last season COVID interrupted the normal patterns and habits of snowsports enthusiasts at all northern Michigan ski resorts.
This season a check of resort's web pages won't even find a link to COVID policies on their website. Another practice, however, of reserving lift tickets online well ahead of the day you desire to ski or ride is still in vogue. Sold-out slope days are still expected this season.
Nubs Nob made improvements to their winter garden adding radiant heat, two more fire pits. Lodge restrooms were completely remodeled for easier ingress and regress. A covered magic carpet was added to the free beginner area, another Piston Bully groomer was purchased.
Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highland dual-frequency RFID direct-to-lift access cards will be available at both, available throughout resort grounds. Lift tickets and season passes can be purchased online, and both offer discount cards, the Mountain's Cherry Picker Plus and Highland's Happiness Card, that allow you to save up to 40-percent off daily lift ticket prices. The cards are good for up to five days throughout the season.
Crystal Mountain will continue RFID ticketing. Crystal also added more snowmaking firepower with 14 new guns and about a three-quarter-mile of new piping. They now have five terrain parks, including the return of Michigan's only Pump Track, enhancing their freestyle terrain.
Treetops Resort plans to highly encourage mask-wearing on the slopes and plan to mandate if necessary Their popular outdoor gourmet winter tours—cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and sleigh ride dinners—will continue on weekends in January, February, and early March.
Shanty Creek added a new tuning center and new alpine and Nordic equipment rentals improved on-slope lighting for night skiing and added additional snowmaking guns. The popular alpine tubing at Summit Mountain will be offering extended hours this season.
Caberfae Peaks added a new run and the Skyview Lodge was renovated over the summer. Midweek lift tickets are just $39.
Otsego Resort made several improvements over the last couple of years including more lights for night skiing, an expanded tubing park, and additional terrain parks. This winter they are also featuring a wine walk, wild game dinner and a craft beer trail, which will be held in December and January.