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In January, Learn to Ski—for Less—in Michigan | Frommer's Andy Eick / Flickr

In January, Learn to Ski—for Less—in Michigan

It might surprise you to learn that Michigan has one of the highest concentrations of ski areas in the United States.

There are around 40 places to hit the slopes in the state. According to the Detroit Free Press, only New York has more (take that, Colorado and Vermont). 

In January, 28 ski areas across the state are banding together to offer affordable introductory packages for downhill skiing and snowboarding. For $35, each novice gets a beginner lesson, rental equipment, and a lift pass.

Participating locations include several spots in the secluded and scenic Upper Peninsula as well as Northern Michigan's Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands—together, the state's largest ski resort. 

A similar program for cross-country skiing costs $20 for access to trails through snowy woods and beside icy Great Lakes.

To register, find a participating location at the Discover Michigan Skiing website, call ahead to make a reservation, and bring a completed voucher (which you can download here) to your lesson.