Treetops Resort, near Gaylord in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, is offering free skiing and riding with $79 room rates opening weekend, Dec. 16-18. Each overnight guest receives a free lift ticket voucher, per night spent, which is good for a day on the slopes.

The same package, from $66 per room, is also available through Gaylord area lodging establishments. Just pick up your voucher before heading to Treetops. For a complete list of participating properties click here.

Treetops will also be offering free Learn To Ski Clinics on Saturday, Dec. 17, which is perfect for an early-season family getaway.

The resort offers 23 runs, The Yard Terrain Park, three chairlifts and a couple of surface tows. There's also a tubing park with its own lift. The Yard features 10 to 20-foot rails, a 16-foot battle ship kinked rail, a 16-foot rainbow rail and numerous tabletops and natural jib features.

The resort's high elevation, abundant snowfall and scenic beauty provide a perfect location for skiing and riding. It's located just east of the village along a ridge overlooking the Pigeon River Valley. Gaylord, all decked out in an Alpine motif, offers visitors a quaint experience, whether shopping, dining or sightseeing. It's known as Michigan's Alpine Village.