Michigan McDonald’s and ski areas across the state, including the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, which has a luge track and lighted cross country ski trials, have teamed up to offer a popular and affordable introduction to the sport of skiing and snowboarding, called Discover Michigan Skiing.
The program, which has run every January for the past 19 years, includes: a beginners’ lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross-country trail pass. 24 ski facilities are offering the package, which will be honored through Jan. 31. The prices for the Discover Michigan Skiing program are: $20 for Discover Michigan Cross-Country Skiing; $30 for Discover Michigan Downhill Skiing; and $40 for Discover Michigan Snowboarding. The program is open to everyone seven years and older.
The lesson normally covers basic maneuvering on skis or snowboards, including stopping, turning, riding the lifts, and getting up from a fall. Discover Michigan Skiing is part of the national “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month” campaign, which is designed to provide a way for people all across the country to learn to ski or snowboard affordably and carries the slogan, “Humans were never meant to hibernate.”
To sign up, interested beginners must have a Discover Michigan Skiing Value Voucher. They are available at participating Michigan McDonald’s restaurants and MSIA retail ski stores while quantities last. A printable voucher is also available online at goskimichigan.com. Participants choose the place they wish to visit and then must call to pre-register. Program times differ from ski area to ski area.
Besides the Muskegon location, other participating ski areas in Michigan include: Apple Mountain in Freeland, Big Powderhorn in Bessemer, Blackjack Ski Resort also in Bessemer, Bittersweet in Otsego, Boyne Highlands of Harbor Springs, Boyne Mountain of Boyne Falls, Caberfae Peaks of Cadillac, Cross Country Ski Headquarters of Roscommon, Hanson Hills of Grayling; Mt. Brighton of Brighton, Marquette Mountain of Marquette, Mont Ripley in Houghton, Mt. Brighton of Brighton, Mt. Holiday of Traverse City, Mt. Holly in Holly, Mt. Zion in Ironwood, Nubs Nob in Harbor Springs, Pine Knob in Clarkston, Shanty Creek of Bellaire, Ski Brule of Iron River, Swiss Valley Ski Area of Jones, The Homestead of Glen Arbor, Timber Ridge Ski Area of Gobles, Treetops Resort of Gaylord.