Looking for a way to enjoy the Northern Michigan skiing this winter on a budget? We’ve compiled a list of 7 ways that will help you save big $$ this season skiing and snowboarding near Traverse City and Petoskey! Gather up 6 friends and pay homage to America’s first six person lift … hit the slopes with Santa … or even cram as many people into your car as possible for Sardine Day! Here’s the skinny on how you can save BIG time: 

5 for $50 Fridays at Crystal MountainJust west of Traverse City

Crystal Mountain brings back their ever-popular 5 for $50 Friday’s, on select dates this season. Round up a group of 5 people on December 10th, January 7th, and March 11, and get 5 lift tickets for only $50! Visit the Crystal Mountain website for lodging information, to make a vacation out of the weekend. crystalmountain.com. Or visit the MyNorth.com Lodging and Restaurant Guides to stay closer to the restaurant and night life in Traverse City. 

6 for 1 Day at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs near Petoskey 

"6 for 1" day pays homage to the Mountain Express six person lift, America’s first six person lift. This December 17th, for one day only, lift tickets are 6 for the price of 1 starting at 9am. Click for more information.  

Ski Free with Santa at Shanty Creek Resorts near Traverse City

After an entire night of going down through the chimney with lots of toys, Santa heads over to Shanty Creek to hit the slopes at Schuss Mountain. Come ski free with Santa on Christmas Day from 9am-4:30pm—he will buy your lift ticket,  Merry Christmas! Click for more information. 

Sardine Special at Shanty Creek Resorts near Traverse City

On January 8th from 9am-4:30pm, pack your friends, families, neighbors and anyone else you can find into your car/truck/van/bus and pay only $100 to get a lift ticket for everyone in your vehicle at Schuss Mountain. Click for more information. For more cool events at Shanty Creek, located about 45 minutes northeast of Traverse City, or to find lodging for your ski vacation, visit their website shantycreek.com

Season-Long Specials at Caberfae Peaks near Cadillac

Deals for all types of skiers, all season long! College Night is every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for just $9 lift ticket and $9 rentals after 6pm! Get there earlier than 6pm and each additional hour is only $1. Valid student ID required. Ladies 18+ ski for only $17 all day on Wednesdays and Thursdays! Family Funday Sunday on select Sunday’s during the season – a family of 3 skis for only $49, with each additional person only $15. If you don’t fit into any of those categories—Caberfae offers a ski 4 times for $49 punch card. Available on their website: caberfaepeaks.com.
School Nights and Coastie Nights at Mt. Holiday, in Traverse City

Back by popular demand, School Nights at Mt. Holiday in Traverse City start January 3, 2011, featuring a $12 lift ticket and $12 rental.  Just bring your student ID. Monday – Grand Traverse Academy, Woodland, Trinity Lutheran Tuesday – TCAPS Wednesday – Elk Rapids, Homeschool, Kingsley Thursday – GTACS, TC Christian  Coastie Night at Mt. Holiday—All Coast Guard and their dependents are eligible for a $12 lift ticket and $12 rental every Monday night starting in January 2011.  Visit the Mt. Holiday website for more information on this cool nonprofit organization. mt-holiday.com.

Headlight Night Skiing in Roscommon, a little over an hour east of Traverse City

Come see Northern Michigan’s winter wonderland in a different light. Every night (snow permitting) from now until mid-March 2011, the Cross Country Ski Headquarters in Roscommon offers Cross Country skiing at night—with LED headlamps! XC skiing is a great way to have fun and get a good winter work-out. Plus! At only $10 for skiing and headlamp rental, it is quite affordable for the whole family! Ski equipment is also available for rent. Click for more information.

Never Cross Country Skied? No problem! Every Saturday at 4pm, starting December 18th, the Cross Country Ski Headquarters is offering a FREE introductory class for kids and adults. This hour long class will teach you the basics, then you can hit the freshly groomed trails the rest of the night! Click for more information.

Michigan snow conditions updated throughout the day in the MyNorth Northern Michigan Ski Guide.
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