Caberfae Peaks, west of Cadillac, Mich., is offering a $99 season pass through the rest of this month, and it may be one of the best deals in the Heartland.
At least longtime pass holder, skier and writer, Jim Neff, who lives in Cadillac, thinks so.
"It's probably one of the least expensive season passes you can find in northern Michigan, and I can get lift tickets at Shanty Creek Resort for as little as $10 all season long with my Caberfae pass," said Neff, who's skied at Caberfae for over 30 years. "It's a sweet deal. How can you go wrong?"
A Weekend Pass, which entitles you to ski/ride Saturday and Sunday all season long, is currently $99. A Midweek Pass - good Monday through Friday - is also $99. Both will go up $50 per pass Nov. 1. A Peak Pass, valid anytime the area's open, is $198 and will go up to $298 on the above date. A Child's Pass, age 8 and under, is now $10 and will go up to $20.
The Caberfae season pass allows you to get $10 lift tickets, Sunday through Thursday, and $25 lift tickets, Friday and Saturday, at Shanty Creek; located about an hour north. The offer is not good through holiday periods. Passholders also are entitled to half-off lift tickets at Cannonsburg, Swiss Valley, Timber Ridge, and Apple Mountain.
The ski resort has partnered with nearby McGuire's Resort in Cadillac to offer a season pass that also includes six nights lodging at upscale McGuire's. There are no blackout dates on lodging. The cost of the pass, which includes unlimited skiing/riding and six overnights, is $299 per person, double occupancy, $259 with triple occupancy, and $239 with quad occupancy. Only 50 passes are available, and all participants must buy their passes at the same time online.
Caberfae Peaks offers six lifts and 35 runs with nearly a 500-foot vertical drop. It sits at the highest elevation of any ski resort in northern Lower Michigan, and has the largest day-lodge in the region, complete with a two-story stone fireplace. The newly renovated Mackenzie Lodge offers slopeside lodging and dining.