Treetops Resort, near Gaylord, Mich., looks out over miles of dense northern Michigan forest and deep river valleys. It offers some nice skiing and riding down tree lined slopes that plunge into those valleys. The forest is home to the largest elk herd east of the Mississippi.
Known for its outstanding collection of golf courses, including a Robert Trent Jones Sr. course during the summer, the resort's attention turns to snow sports and families in the winter.
Treetops is offering the Kidz Package through March 21, where parents stay free for the weekend. The package, from $499 per family, includes two nights' lodging, lift tickets for up to three kids and two adults, one large pepperoni pizza, in-room popcorn, and a surprise gift. Lift tickets are valid Friday night as well, and there are no blackout dates.
Treetops high elevation, abundant snowfall in the Gaylord area, and scenic beauty provides a good location for skiing and riding. The resort offers 23 runs and The Yard Terrain Park with three chairlifts and a couple of surface tows. 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. Tubing has its own lift.
The resort also offers a quality collection of cross-country trails that snake up and down the hilly terrain and along the valley floors. You may even spot some elk along the trek.