Little Traverse resorts are known for their exceptional ski schools and one-on-one instruction. Pick up a few pointers, then head for the hill, and soon enough, you'll be cruising down those slopes.
When winter sweeps across Northern Michigan, enveloping the world outside with a bright blanket of snow, there's only one thing to do: rescue your skis from storage and hightail it up to Harbor Springs. With two of the state's best resorts nestled in the hills of Little Traverse, you're guaranteed a day of great rides. Just wax up, wander out and get ready to discover the finest reason for winter.
Boyne Highlands (800-GO-BOYNE, boyne highlands.com) boasts the steepest, longest runs in the Midwest, a renowned ski school, state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment and a long list of off-slope options. Small wonder, then, that this resort has been a family favorite for more than 40 years. New additions include dog-sledding rides on planned weekends and additional features in the terrain parks. But those are just icing on the proverbial cake; Boyne's basic stats are enough to win over even the most serious ski bums. Eight chairlifts, 50 downhill runs, a 550-foot vertical drop, four terrain parks with halfpipe, 45K cross-country trails and a tubing park all ensure endless winter thrills.
Just a short schuss away, Nub's Nob (800-SKI-NUBS, nubsnob.com) lures locals and vacationers alike with impressive credentials — the resort has been named best in the state and Midwest by readers of The Detroit News and Ski Magazine. When you're not gliding down one of the new gladed runs, cozy up to a cup of homemade chili in the hilltop Pintail Peak Warming Hut. Eight chairlifts, 52 downhill runs, a 427-foot vertical drop, terrain park with two halfpipes and 28K cross-country trails await.
Note: This article was first published in April 2006 and was updated for the web February 2008.