by: Ryan Pringnitz - 23rd February 2009

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 3Nightlife
  • 5Terrain Park
  • Value
The best place to ski in lower peninsula
No hotel, no discounts, not the best dining options

Full review

Skiing here was a blast. The place is free for you to explore, and has everything you want. Bumps, superpipe, terrain park, in the trees, off-piste / natural snowfall only areas (some you have to hike for), big wide groomers, extremely long easy going greens. They do not have a "Crystal Clipper", but they have plenty of lifts with absolutely no waits. So while the lifts are your average lift speeds, you do not have the Crystal Mountain or Caberfae crowds to deal with. If you like magic carpet lifts, they do not have a magic carpet lift. Their superpipe is fitted with its own lift, and they do allow inverted maneuvers from what I seen. You can see from the top of the hill the Little Traverse Bay and Boyne Highlands across the street. They have a restaurant on top of pintail peaks with basic foods and facilities, and another restaurant at the base. They allow you to bring your own food. And they have things like salads, burgers, pizza, but not much else. You will not find a steak dinner here. This is made up for by the area (Petosky has a good amount of choices to stay / eat), and the fact you are skiing in the best ski area in the lower peninsula. They have a pub also if you are in to drinking while skiing. One negative might be the cost, it is one of the more expensive ski areas at around $50 a lift ticket.They do have a ski shop and offer rentals as well.
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