[R476R, Treetops Resort], located in an area of normally abundant snowfall near Gaylord, Mich., is nearly fully open despite this winter’s challenging weather, and is offering a slew of attractive lift and lodging packages to entice snowsports enthusiasts.


Packages start from $72 per person, based on double occupancy for a night’s lodging, breakfast and skiing/riding from the evening you arrive through the next day.  Kids 8 and under stay, ski and eat breakfast for free.  Reduced rates are available for children ages 9-17.  Winter weekends start at $368 for a family of four for a two-day lift and lodging package including breakfast two mornings and pizza one evening.


I was just there over this past weekend and enjoyed some downhill skiing and getting in a few kilometers of cross-country skiing.  There wasn’t a lot of snow for this time of year in northern Michigan, but Treetops has done a good job making plenty of snow for downhill slopes and grooming for limited Nordic skiing.   Colorado blue skies for a while on Sunday made me forget what a wimpy winter it has been so far.  Skiing was great.


The resort offers 23 runs, The Yard Terrain Park, four chairlifts and a couple of surface tows.  There’s also the Extreme 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 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.