Snow, March, and Spring Skiing in Michigan

New Snow, Beginning of March, and Spring Skiing in Michigan

The latest blast of snow hitting Michigan this week reminds us that winter is not over. A horrible December and up and down temperatures in January and February has left skiers and snowboarders itching for more.

Head North

March is the beginning of spring skiing in Michigan and many of the resorts offer added festivities to the standard ski weekend. Here are a few picks to consider when planning your getaway …

Photo Courtesy of Shanty Creek

Photo Courtesy of Shanty Creek

Shanty Creek – Bellaire

March 5 – Slush Cup: One of Michigan’s most popular winter events for over 40 years. Watch the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat as skiers and riders attempt to cross an icy 40′ pond. Some take it to another level with crazy costumes. Other events include a frozen fish toss, snow shovel racing and a seal slide—all part of the traditional wild and crazy weekend.

March 12 – Cardboard Classic: The annual race down Schuss Mountain in a sled you make yourself—from cardboard, tape, and glue only. Prizes for best design, best use of Shanty Creek brand, and fastest sleds.

March 18 – Sardine Special: An SCR Original – While others boast six-for-this or five-for-that, on March 18 pack as many friends, family members, neighbors and anyone else you can find into your car and head to Schuss Mountain. Everyone in your vehicle skis or rides for just $59 per carload.

March 19 – Blarney Stone Rail Jam: Rail jam for both skiers and boarders of all ages and abilities. Located at Ivan’s Alley on Schuss Mtn.

March 26 – Last Weekend Luau: Hawaiian-themed fun on the last weekend of ski season! Activities include saucer races, toilet seat horseshoes, a hula-hoop contest and more.

A two-mountain experience – 31 miles northeast of Traverse City – is a four-season destination. Reservations 800-678-4111 or 

Carnival Weekend Photo Courtesy of Boyne Mountain

Carnival Weekend Photo Courtesy of Boyne Mountain

Boyne Mountain Resort – Boyne Falls

Every spring at Boyne Mountain, we celebrate the new season with a party that brings together the festivities of St. Patrick’s Day and the zaniness of Mardi Gras – we affectionately call it Carnival Weekend. Many of you affectionately call it “Crazy Daze.” Whatever you want to call it, just know that this weekend brings the silliness out of us all. Whether you are skimming the pond in our annual Slush Cup or getting jiggy with it during the On-hill Party, you are bound to laugh at yourself and your friends. Carnival Weekend isn’t recommended for kids, just for the adults that want to act like kids again.

Carnival Weekend Ski & Stay Package including Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa accommodations, lift ticket, and buffet breakfast are available from $206 per person, per night. Reservations 800.462.6963 or

Photo Courtesy of Crystal Mountain

Photo Courtesy of Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain – Thompsonville

March 12 – Spring Fling: Get ready for a fun filled Saturday with events and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Reservations 855-955-5146 or

Dog Sledding Photo Courtesy of Treetops Resort

Dog Sledding Photo Courtesy of Treetops Resort

Treetops Resort – Gaylord

Dog Sledding, Wilderness Sleigh Ride Dinners, Spa Weekends, and more throughout the month of March await winter weekend enthusiasts. Reservations 866-348-5249 or

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