- Overall Rating 2
- Family Friendly 1
- All-Mtn. Terrain 3
- Terrain Park 1
- Nightlife 1
Pros: Low cost Sunday admission
Cons: Not a resort, hardly a terrain park, and over-exagerted runs
Recommended For: Singles
Date Visited: Feb 1, 2009
Caberfae has $9 Sunday lift tickets floating around at ski shops and I picked up a few of these. I have been to Nubs Nob, Shanty Creek, Crystal Mountain, and Cannonsburg for comparison.
Caberfae was extremely busy with 10 minute or longer lift waits every time I have been there. The fake snow they have is very odd and made for disappointing conditions (even considering Michigan standards). R Dubs Pub is very small for the size of the ski area, and you might find no room to sit when you go for food. The terrain park was nonexistent, and even Cannonsburg has a much more impressive terrain park. The place is not a resort, and a Holiday Inn Express would be a nicer hotel than what Caberfae offers. If you are looking for a lot of different terrain to play in; Caberfae doesn't have it. They have the area pretty roped off. You could say they exaggerate the number of runs also.
Is everyone at Caberfae an alcoholic? On the snow below the lifts you could see countless alcoholic containers. We're not talking just a few Busch Light cans or something either. We're talking pints and what looks like at least a couple dollars in cans on every lift. The place is not entirely best suited for families as you beginners would basically play around on the side of the north peak. This area can become congested and some people (many) can come flying down from the north peak and in to the green trails at a high rate of speed. Seen a couple near collisions from people heading back to the lodge.
Longest runs you will find south of 45 degrees latitude in Michigan. Pretty impressive vertical drop on the south peak. The south peak makes the hill worth the $9 lift ticket. There are some spots you can find that are less traversed then others. The black and blue runs are not that congested given the number of people you see in the lift lines. The place has just enough lifts to get by, and the main reason there is a big wait could be the fact they have no high speed lift.
If you are from Indiana / Illinois or even Michigan and you do not feel like driving further north, and you want to save a few bucks (Crystal = expensive but more to offer, but not as good as other ski hills further north). Then you will probably find Caberfae to be an alright day trip. But if you can afford Crystal I would suggest Crystal.