Nestled in the hardwood-covered rolling glacial moraine hills of southwest Michigan northwest of Kalamazoo, Timber Ridge has been hosting fun on the snow since 1961, and this year is jumping on board — and on skis — with some great offers for never-ever skiers from age 5 on up.
Throughout the season, Sundays from 4-8 p.m. and Wednesdays from 5-10 p.m. is family learn to ski/snowboard time. Lift ticket, a lesson and beginner or refresher lessons are just $30 for skis and $33 for snowboarders. If purchased separately, the same combo would cost nearly $70. And, if you're not a family, just bring along a friend, and the deal's the same.
Sign up your 5-to-12-year-old in Timber Ridge’s Timber Wolves children’s program offered each weekend all season, and Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Day. Kids ages 5-12 (8-12 for snowboarding can learn the basics from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch and a hot chocolate break included. The $60 price includes rentals, lift ticket and a one-hour lesson.
New for this season, Timber Ridge has upped its snowmaking capacity 20 percent and added new rental helmets. Be sure to also try out its two-level terrain parks, the Pumpkin Park, with five features for beginners honing their skills, and the new Timber Park, built with the seasoned rider in mind.