Welcome to Traverse’s annual ski guide, packed with everything you need to navigate the North’s slopes. Great ski schools? Got ’em. Post-slope spa treatments? Prepare for bliss. From midweek bargains to swanky crash pads to the best reason to save your lift ticket (Hint: It’ll score you a deal on an après-ski brew), we’ve gathered the good stuff to get you revved for winter’s return.

Great Places to Learn

Post-Slope Spa Treatments

Our Favorite Run Names

Swank or Spare?

Three Ski Towns to Explore

Ski Town Takeout

Money-Saving Tips

Boyne’s Big Birthday

Best Tune in Town

Best. Deals. Period.

Q&A: Bartender at Snowflake Lounge

Hot Après Ski Spots

Master the U.P. Backcountry

Photo(s) by Todd Zawistowski