Timber Ridge is a very family-friendly place. Last year, I was there with a group of kids and one of the children forgot his snow pants. A staff member went out of her way to find a pair from lost and found and then searched us down in the lodge to lend it to us. It completely made this kid's day. His skiing would have been done without this act of kindness. That's the attitude I see from a lot of employees here. The hills are nice -- runs for kids, a good terrain park, and some variety of runs. It's pretty small, but that's to be expected. The Hemlock run is far more challenging than anything at other SW Michigan ski areas. The lodge encourages you to bring your own food for picnics in the upstairs areas. It gets crowded on Fridays (schools) and weekends. It's a very nice place. On a side note, it's my understanding that it is still run by the family that founded it, so it is a good alternative to corporate-run ski areas where the financial bottom line rules all.