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