Never mind no snow, get out and ski


Snow may be scarce so far this winter but don’t let that stop you from learning to ski.


Head to the snow-covered (albeit man made) hills of Metro Detroit and take advantage of Discover Michigan Skiing, an annual learn-to-ski program that offers discounts to beginners. The package includes a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross-country trail pass. You’ll learn the basics, including stopping, turning, riding the lifts and getting up from a fall. The cost is $20 for cross-country skiing, $30 for downhill skiing and $40 for snowboarding.


Mt.Brighton, Mt.Holly and Pine Knob are among the Metro Detroit slopes participating in Discover Michigan Skiing, part of a national campaign, “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.” With colder temperatures, all of them are making snow and are open for business.


To participate, print a Discover Michigan Skiing Value Voucher or pick one up at a local ski shop. The voucher lists participating ski facilities all over the state. Along with the voucher, skiers must call to pre-register. For information or to print out the voucher, visit Discover Michigan Skiing. The offer continues through Jan. 31.

Greg Tasker
Greg Tasker is Detroit News Arts and Entertainment Editor and has been writing about travel for more than a decade. His travel stories have appeared in AAA Living, Frommer's Budget Travel, Scouting, AMC Outdoors, Vermont Life and Island Life.