Earlier this week I took a look at season pass offerings at the Metro-Detroit area ski resorts. Continuing that theme, here’s the skinny on those resorts on the West side of Michigan. The next installments will cover the northern lower peninsula and upper peninsula.
The west side of the state isn’t my home, so I may not have everything listed.
I would lump Caberfae in with the northern LP resorts by geography, but since they only have a single, 36-room lodge on-site I don’t think it’s fair to compare with the Boynes. However, Caberfae Peaks has the absolute sickest prices on season passes:
- $99 for a weekends only
- $99 for weekdays only
- $198 for unlimited
- $49 punch pass – any four days excludes Saturday & holidays
- $99 punch pass – any four days no restrictions
I don’t know why you’d go with option 5 unless you were only going there only once this winter for 4 consecutive days, otherwise it would make more sense to get one of the other $99 options.
Caberfae used to run sweet college discounts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with a college ID you could buy a discounted lift ticket that got cheaper every hour, at 9am it was $19 and by 5pm for twilight only you could ride for about $11.
Cannonsburg ski area is located northeast of Grand Rapids, and about an hour west of Lansing. At $380 per person, Cannonsburg ski area doesn’t have the most competitively-priced passes, but they do discounts if you buy multiple passes.
Snow Snake is located in Harrison, Michigan so technically not on the “West Side” but I didn’t want to lump it in with the Detroit area hills, nor with the larger, northern-lower peninsula resorts…
I went to college a few miles from there and never knew it existed (except as a tubing run for little kids). My loss, I suppose. $25 daily lift passes and season passes available for $249 is reasonable, because the terrain in the Harrison/Clare/Mount Pleasant region is about as flat as you can possibly imagine.
At only $249 for a single, Swiss Valley located in Jones, Michigan, has some of the best deals around. The almost impossible-to-beat deal is for parents: if you buy your kid a season pass, and you’ve never held a season pass there before, you can get one for only $42. No, I didn’t forget the zero. That’s forty-two dollars. Swiss Valley season passes also have some reciprocal benefits at Schuss Mountain/Shanty Creek, Caberfae Peaks, and Crystal Mountain.
Near Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University, Timber Ridge runs 9 chairs servicing 16 trails and snow-tubing. Topping out at only 240 vertical feet, it’s on the small side, but if it’s close to home, I guess you take what you can get. Season passes are $239 until September 15 when they go up to $299 through November 8. After that, full price is $379.
Stay tuned for the next installments of Michigan Season Passes!