Many of the resorts Up North pride themselves on having accredited ski schools. We’ve been particularly impressed with Crystal Mountain’s Totem Park, a learning area that sprawls over nearly two acres (read: plenty of room to practice linking your turns) and a “Magic Carpet” conveyor belt that safely and gently escorts newbies to the top of the bunny hill. Once you’ve got your basic skills down, consider heading to one of the North’s smaller ski hills—fewer people on the slopes sometimes makes for a less intimidating beginner experience. Two to try? Cadillac’s Caberfae Peaks (231-862-3000), which has excellent slope maintenance and a variety of runs, and Glen Arbor’s The Homestead Resort, with what is hands-down the most stellar ski-hill view in Northwest Michigan (231-334-5100).
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