Alpine Valley is a family-friendly resort that caters to the locals, rather than the tourist. This is great for many reasons including the laid back feel and relaxed atomosphere. In addition, it makes for a great day trip for some skiing and snowboarding at a great price.
It's the largest, most scenic ski resort in southern Michigan, with 25 slopes, mostly geared toward the beginner to intermediate skier. In addition, there are three terrain parks for beginners and experts alike, with more room in their parks than any other resorts in the area. The hill at Alpine is man-made and there is snowmaking ability for the entire resort. This shows you it's a smaller hill, but still the longest run is 2,000 feet, providing you with plenty of room to enjoy a day of skiing. There are also great snowboarding and ski competitions like the Huck Finn competitions, the Cardboard Classic event and Scout Day, all just in January and February.
There are lounges available that are the perfect après-ski spots with cocktails, dancing and live entertainment. There's also a beautiful view of the slopes from one lounge. as well as dining where you can enjoy home-style food and beverages. There are a variety of other restaurants and lounges in the area that offer everything from Asian dining to a down home grill, burger, and bar fare.
Visitors to Alpine Valley might want to branch out to Detroit for a day of sightseeing and tourism. The zoo, museums and attractions, as well as shops and dining. The Detroit Science Center is a great place to take kids to experience nature and science hands-on. The Detroit Institute of Arts is a premier art institute in North America and definitely one you don't want to miss on a cultural and fun trip. They have kids' concerts in the evenings in a large hall where suits of armor ring the walls, giving it an old-world atmosphere. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is a fun place for kids to enjoy touching and getting involved with history. And the Guernsey Farm Dairy takes you on a tour of a dairy farm topped off by an ice cream cone made from the very cows you've just seen. Ice Skating at Campus Martius is a fun wintertime activity for families. And hit the library for free passes to Cranbrook Planetarium so the kids can look at the stars.
Alpine Valley in Michigan is a great place for families, offering 25 runs that range from beginner to advanced, and three top quality terrain parks. There are 188 skiable acres and the resort has expanded its snowmaking to cover 100% of the skiable area so there’s always plenty of snow.
Featuring a 350-foot half-pipe, the terrain parks offer plenty for experienced free style skiers and snowboarders. Rollers, mail boxes, handrails, flat boxes, jumps, and a variety of flat rails make up the terrain parks, The parks have areas separated for beginners and advanced snowboarders. The Progression Park is the basic park for beginners, and the Advanced Slope Style Course has higher ramps that offer more challenge. The Boarder Cross Track is great for high-speeders and advanced boarders.
The snowboard and ski school regularly offers packages to skiers, both kids and adults, who are ready for some expert snow sports instruction. From private lessons to group lessons, with special rates for students and small children, the ski school is the perfect way to ready yourself for the more challenging slopes. Night skiing and snow tubing are also available.
There’s a great local lounge that’s the ideal place for après-ski and for quality food. The lounge has a panoramic view of the mountains and is a perfect place to relax after a day on the slopes. Throughout the week, there is often live entertainment as well. Check out The Root Restaurant & Bar or Siam Fusion.
Located in White Lake, Michigan, only 55 miles from Detroit Michigan. The resort is located conveniently on M-59 between Bogie Lake and Elizabeth Lake Road. Pontiac is 12 miles east.