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5 Reasons Why Spring Skiing in Northern Michigan is Incredible

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Head North for Spring Skiing in Michigan!

We don’t have to convince you to ski in Northern Michigan during the winter, as the vertical drop in Northern Michigan is great for skiers and snowboarders. But spring skiing in ski resorts in Michigan may seem a little far-fetched to non-locals. You’re probably thinking “ocean,” not “skiing” when you hear “spring break,” right?

We’re here to tell you why spring skiing or snowboarding is the perfect vacation to take when the temperatures begin to rise. Skiers and snowboarders can partake in night skiing, cross country skiing, and tubing parks which only elevate the family-friendly experience of a spring break ski trip in northern Michigan.

Boyne Mountain has a plethora of vacation rentals for spring skiing, click here to view all of them. In addition, be sure to view our Northern Michigan Ski Lifestyle real estate page to find a ski-in/ski-out home.

Here are five great reasons to spend time on the slopes in Northern Michigan this spring:

1. There’s Plenty of Snow in the Spring!

Did you know that fresh snow isn’t just possible, it’s actually expected in Northern Michigan during the month of March and sometimes well into April? According to US Climate Data, the Petoskey area boasts an average snowfall of 14 inches in March and 2 inches in April, more than enough to ski throughout the better part of the spring. 

2. The Days are Longer and Outdoor Celebrations Abound

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The sunsets later and later during the spring, giving you more daylight on the slopes. And Northern Michigan ski area management knows how to please skiers and riders: extended lift operating hours in the spring. You can buy your springtime lift tickets knowing that your days on the slopes will be long and full.

Longer days also mean more time to pack in events in the ski resorts, some even with a view of Lake Michigan. Here are a few events that take place in Northern Michigan in the spring:

  • Kids Festival Weekend, From inflatable obstacle courses, ski schools, paintball, and rock walls to family movies, dance parties, and coloring contests, Kids’ Festival Weekend is geared towards kids of every age! Take on a variety of fun for the whole family both on and off the slopes.
  • Canadian March Break. From scavenger hunts and zipline tours to skiing and snow tubing, there’s plenty to keep you busy during March Break this year. Looking to hit the slopes with the family or splash with friends in Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark? Ski and ride to your heart’s content or splash the days away from all break long – at par!
  • Carnival Weekend. Whether you are skimming the pond in the annual Slush Cup or getting jiggy with it during the On-hill Party, you are bound to laugh at yourself and your friends. Carnival Weekend isn’t recommended for kids, just for the adults that want to act like kids again!
  • Spring Break. There are a million ways to spend Spring Break at Boyne Mountain or Crystal Mountain Resort. Whether you spend your days splashing where it’s always 84° inside Avalanche Bay or soaring through the trees on a Zipline Adventure Tour – there’s something fun going on each and every day.

3. Closing Days in Northern Michigan are Second to None

How do you end the Northern Michigan ski season spectacularly? Mountain closing days. They are bittersweet for winter sports lovers and are also world-renowned.

Of the four major ski areas in Michigan and around Petoskey (Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, Nubs Nob, Mt McSauba), which one goes largest for the last day of the season?

That was a trick question. All four ski areas are buzzing on the last day and night. With massive slopeside parties, food, and drink, family fun, and more, the closing season in Northern Michigan is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.

4. Spring in Northern Michigan is Fun for the Whole Family

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You might be asking, “Isn’t Northern Michigan full of family fun year-round?”

Of course, it is. But springtime is unique. Northern Michigan springtime provides the perfect mix of warmer weather, family activities, and opportunities to introduce a love of winter sports to the next generation.

Anyone who has been to Northern Michigan knows that the varied terrain means there are runs for every age and skill level — from the smallest first-timer to the seasoned pros. With our four ski areas, there are dedicated zones for beginners as well as chairlifts that serve intermediate and advanced terrain. Families can take different runs and all end up at the same meeting point.

At night, take the kids to a variety of events – concerts, apres-ski parties, and more – guaranteeing that by the time you and the family get back to where you’re staying, everyone will be happy and tired.

5. The Atmosphere is Celebratory Around the Clock

From the first chair to the last call, Northern Michigan knows how to have fun. With spring sunshine, retro ski outfits and impromptu on-mountain parties are the norms.

At the end of the day, ski right into one of the best parties of your life. Northern Michigan apres-ski scene is second to none, and you’re likely to be dancing in ski boots until the sun dips behind the mountains.


Get started on your spring skiing adventure by exploring our vacation rentals, or contact our reservations team for personalized recommendations. Check out our real estate page to learn more about the Northern Michigan real estate market.