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Hitting The Slopes With The Kids – Check Out These Fun Options

by Marina H  

 

 

Lace up those skis, winter has arrived early this year! Michigan is a snowy treasure for winter sport fans, and because of that, we’ve compiled a list of all the opportunities you and your families have to experience here in southwest Michigan!

Timber Ridge

Famous in the Midwest, Timber Ridge can be found in Gobles. Whether you are a first time skier looking for lessons or an avid winter sportsman, you are sure to find the right trail for just the right amount of challenge. First things first, if you are a complete newbie, Timber Ridge has a great FAQ section and a 1st Timers Guide that will answer any questions you have. Also, make sure you check the special events calendar for lots of fun competitions, skiing with Santa, and many other fun activities .

LESSONS: Timber Ridge offers many options for lessons for different ski levels, ranging from beginner to advanced. To find the class most suited for your child’s age (starting at age 5) and level, please check their lesson schedule page.

COST: Please check the Timber Ridge guide for their most up to date information for current schedules and rates, as they vary depending upon age and rental use.

CONTACT: Ski Resort | 269-694-9449 | 24 Hour Snow | 269-694-9158

LOCATION: Timber Ridge Ski Resort 07500 23 ½ Street, Gobles, MI 49055


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Bittersweet Ski Resort

If Timber Ridge isn’t for you, how lucky are we to have a second downhill ski resort in Southwest Michigan! Bittersweet Ski Resort can be found in Otsego and even has their own ski school. Bittersweet has a great variety of hills that make it easy to find just the right slope to match with your skill level. You can even check out the conditions on each hill before you go.

LESSONS: Bittersweet has an impressive range of lessons and clubs that vary by age and level, so check out their detailed information

COST: To get the most accurate information, make sure you check out the prices based on hours and rental choices. Kids 6 and under are half off!

CONTACT: Snowline | 269-694-2032, ext. 23 | Business office | 269-694-2820

LOCATION: Bittersweet Ski Resort 600 River Road, Otsego, MI 49078

 

Cross Country Skiing

Downhill skiing not your thing? Well, you can still lace up your cross country skis! Kalamazoo has some great options if you are looking to enjoy some of the Michigan winter wonderland we are so lucky to call home. Check out the Kalamazoo Nordic Skiers  for more information about this slower paced winter sport.

Another awesome resource is the Michigan Trails website, specifically the listing for Kalamazoo County.

Here’s a few more ideas on where to go cross country skiing:

Kalamazoo Nature Center Trails

Fort Custer Recreation Area

W.K. Kellogg Experimental Forest

Milham Part Golf Course

Kal-Haven Trail

Saugatuck State Park

Allegan State Game Area

You will want to check with each of the above locations for fees and hours.

If you are in need of cross country or downhill skis, local adventure sports store Lee’s Adventure Sports is a great place to pick up some quality equipment no matter your budget or experience level. You can contact Lee’s at 269-381-7700.

 

Bundle up and have a great time skiing with your family!

 

 

 

 

 

Marina

Marina is a Kalamazoo born-and-raised mother of two daughters. She thinks Kalamazoo is the ultimate city to raise a family and is glad to be a part of KZOO Kids!

 

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