Michigan Gold Card On Sale July 1; Good Deal For Wisconsin, Indiana Skiers, Too
How would you like to ski or ride every day all over Michigan this winter for $600? Not just one area, but 20 of the top ski areas scattered across the Wolverine State and including Minnesota’s Wild Mountain.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame will be offering the Ski Michigan Gold Card for $600 when it goes on sale July 1. The price increases to $650 Sept. 1. The card entitles the holder to ski, ride or stride all season long. There are no restrictions on when you can use it, and the Gold Card is fully transferable. You can share it with family, friends, customers or clients at most areas. There are a couple of areas that restrict use to the primary card holder only, which are listed online when you order the card.
The only restriction is that the card can be used only once per day at any participating resort, according to Hall of Fame CEO Tom West.
“It’s really a great deal for anybody that enjoys getting out frequently during the winter season,” he told SnoCountry.com. “We encourage users to go all over the state. That’s the beauty of this card. It offers great variety in the number of areas from which to choose.
“We are still negotiating with a few ski areas before we finalize the list,” he added, “but, we anticipate the same 20 areas we had last season. The final list should be online shortly.”
The list includes most of the state's larger ski resorts and many popular smaller ski areas. Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain, Crystal Mountain, Shanty Creek and Treetops are a few of the Lower Michigan resorts represented, and Indianhead, Big Powderhorn, Blackjack, Pine Mountain and Ski Brule are some of the UP ski areas included. The entire state is well represented.
It’s also a good deal for Wisconsin residents that ski and ride in Michigan’s UP, or Indiana residents that have easy access to Lower Michigan ski areas.
If you ski or ride more than a couple of weeks per season, the card will more than pay for itself. Consider it like a season pass to 20 individual areas. But, act quickly, because the card is printed in limited quantity and routinely sells out quickly.
The Ski and Snowboard Hall, located in Ishpeming, Mich., is the only national hall of fame dedicated exclusively to skiing and snowboarding in America. It provides lasting recognition for American skiers and snowboarders who excelled nationally and internationally as either competitors or contributors to the advancement of snow sports in all forms. Proceeds from the sale of the Gold Cards help preserve that heritage.
Photo: Shanty Creek, Mich.