Here’s a quick review of the ski area, lodging and terrain park at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, MI.
Full report on Pine Knob’s terrain parks as of January 5, 2013.
The weather as expected was less than desireable: heavy rain soaked slush snow, mashed potatoes, but fortunately being a weekday, the slopes were empty.
We ripped a few groomers, got stuck in the sticky snow in the glades; I would’ve liked better conditions to talk about the mountain as a whole, but as it was, the snow was just fine for riding park and so that’s where we spent most of our time.
There’s a high probability we’ll be headed to glorious Mt. Bohemia over President’s Day Weekend in February. Check out this video to see what it’s all about up there:
you can still get insanely discounted discounted Caberfae Peaks (Michigan) lift tickets from as low as $9. Even in to February you can get daily lift tickets for 50% off what you pay at the ticket counter. You just gotta be smart about it — only suckers pay full price for lift tickets.
The economy stinks, so luxury sports like skiing/snowboarding are going to suffer a bit, but that’s not all. The service & experience at many of the ski areas here is just not that awesome anymore. Over at his blog, Jon Tollefson called out the Midwest ski resorts. This struck a chord with me because I’ve had the same discussion with people at every resort bar.
Everywhere I look legit ski areas are innovating and giving their customers a better experience. So we here in Michigan can’t compete with the new Gondola or the Stash Terrain Park at Jackson Hole, I get that but there’s plenty of Michigan ski resorts that are investing in making better experiences for their customers.
Over the last week I gave a brief evaluation of the various season pass offerings, prices & benefits at ski resorts all across Michigan’s (Metro-Detroit, West Side, Northern Lower Peninsula, and Upper Peninsula). Well, it seems I missed a few, errr, eight, so I’m going to make up for that now. Here’s the places I left out…