Most people involved in the Michigan ski and snowboard scene can agree that getting out on the snow is one of the only things we look forward to during the winter season. With this being said, sometimes the financial side of the sport is the only thing getting between you, and that freshly groomed run.

As a college student myself, I battle the constant struggle to keep money in my pocket, let alone enough funds to support my passion for skiing. After all, it definitely isn’t the cheapest sport out there.

Luckily for students across the state, we are fortunate enough to have a widespread of resorts from the Upper Peninsula, all the way to the southern border of Michigan to supplement our need to shred. Not only are there various levels of terrain for different skill sets, but there are also a wide spread of resorts that cut some slack on lift tickets and season pass rates for students. That’s right, a discounted rate with something as simple as the flash of your student ID.

If you’re a college student in Michigan looking to get out on the hill without breaking your wallet, use the guide below to fill you in on the best deals on lift tickets and season passes throughout the state!

Resorts in Lower Michigan

Swiss Valley Ski Area –  Jones, MI

Deal: The resort features College ID day every Friday, bringing you $20 dollar lift tickets and $15 dollar rentals ALL DAY. The $20 special is also available Monday through Thursday nights, but only from 3-10 PM.

Distance From: WMU – 50 Min  /  CMU –  2 Hr. 50 Min  /  U of M – 1 Hr. 50 Min  /   MSU – 2 Hr.                           GVSU – 1 Hr. 45 Min  /  Ferris St.  – 2 Hr. 10 Min  /   SVSU – 3 Hr. 10 Min

Timber Ridge –  Gobles, MI

Deal: Timber Ridge runs discounted rates every night of the week, so check the website for details on specific hours and rates.

Distance From:  WMU – 25 Min  /  CMU –  2 Hr. 15 Min  /  U of M – 2 Hr. 10 Min  /   MSU – 1 Hr. 30 Min        GVSU – 1 Hr.  /  Ferris St. – 1 Hr. 30 Min  /  SVSU – 2 Hr. 50 Min

Bittersweet Ski Area –  Otsego, MI

Deal: Bittersweet offers discounted lift tickets, rentals and lessons Monday through Thursday after 3 PM with a valid College ID. $31 gets you out on the hill.

Distance From: WMU – 30 Min  /  CMU –  2 Hr. 10 Min  /  U of M – 2 Hr.  /  MSU – 1 Hr. 35 Min                     GVSU – 1 Hr.  /  Ferris St. – 1 Hr. 30 Min  /  SVSU – 2 Hr. 50 Min

Cannonsburg Ski Area –  Belmont, MI

Deal: With a College ID present, students are on the hill for only $11!

Distance From: WMU – 1 Hr. 10 Min  /  CMU – 1 Hr. 30 Min  /  U of M – 2 Hr. 10 Min  /  MSU – 1 Hr. 10 Min       GVSU – 35 Min  /  Ferris St. – 50 Min  /  SVSU– 2 Hr. 15 Min

 

Resorts in Northern Michigan

 

Caberfae Peaks Resort – Cadillac, MI

Deal: Caberfae offers College Night rates Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as College Day once a month with open to close discounted lift tickets. For more information on specific times and rates, visit the website.

Distance From: WMU – 2 Hr. 30 Min  /  CMU – 1 Hr. 25 Min  /  U of M – 3 Hr. 20 Min  /  MSU – 2 Hr. 20 Min      GVSU – 2 Hr.  /  Ferris St. – 55 Min  /  SVSU – 2 Hr.

Crystal Mountain Resort – Thompsonville, MI

Deal: Crystal Mountain offers $10 off open to close lift tickets, valid every day with a college ID and drivers license. The resort also offers a discounted Premier College Pass for year round riding with a college ID and current class schedule. For more information regarding rates and details, visit their website.

Distance From: WMU – 2 Hr. 50 Min  /  CMU – 1 Hr. 45 Min  /  U of M – 3 Hr. 40 Min  /  MSU – 2 Hr. 45 Min         GVSU – 2 Hr. 20 Min  /  Ferris St. – 1 Hr. 15 Min  /  SVSU – 2 Hr. 20 Min

Shanty Creek Resort – Bellaire, MI

Deal: Shanty Creek features College Week, bringing lodging and lift ticket specials all week with pool parties, beer specials, music, cornhole tournament and Nastar racing. Shanty Creek also offers discounted rates on season passes for College students depending on date of purchase. For more information regarding rates, details and College Week dates, visit their website.

Distance From: WMU – 3 Hr. 25 Min  /  CMU – 2 Hr.  /  U of M – 3 Hr. 40 Min  /  MSU – 3 Hr.                           GVSU – 2 Hr. 50 Min  /  Ferris St. – 1 Hr. 45 Min  /  SVSU – 2 Hr. 20 Min

Treetops Resort – Gaylord, MI

Deal: Treetops Resort runs deals on season passes for college students, at just $200 with a valid student ID.

Distance From:  WMU – 3 Hr. 45 Min  /  CMU –  1 Hr. 40 Min  /  U of M – 3 Hr. 15 Min  /   MSU – 2 Hr. 40 Min   GVSU – 3 Hr. 15 Min  /  Ferris St. – 2 Hr. 10 Min  /  SVSU – 2 Hr

Nub’s Nob Resort – Harbor Springs, MI

Deal: Nub’s offers discounted season passes at $359 for college students enrolled in at least 12 credit hours and a College ID. A current class schedule and copy of your College ID will also be necessary to process your pass.

Distance From:  WMU – 4 Hr. 15 Min  /  CMU –  2 Hr. 30 Min  /  U of M – 4 Hr. 5 Min  /  MSU – 3 Hr. 30 Min           GVSU – 3 Hr. 40 Min  /  Ferris St. – 2 Hr. 35 Min  /  SVSU – 2 Hr. 45 Min

Resorts in the Upper Peninsula

 

Marquette Mountain – Marquette, MI

Deal: Marquette Mountain hosts College Night every Saturday after 4 PM, with lift tickets at $20 and FREE rentals. This deal is only valid with a College ID. For more information and details, visit the website.

Distance From:  Mich. Tech – 1 Hr.  50 Min  /  NMU – 10 Min  /   CMU –  5 Hr. 10 Min                                     Ferris St. – 5 Hr. 40 Min  /  SVSU – 5 Hr. 30 Min  /  Gogebic Comm–  2 Hr.   /   Lake Sup. State – 2 Hr. 45 Min

Mont Ripley – Hancock, MI

Deal: Mont Ripley is the cheapest and most ideal resort for students enrolled at Michigan Tech with FREE lift tickets. For more information and details, visit the website.

Distance From:  Mich. Tech – 6 Min  /  NMU – 1 Hr. 55 Min  /  CMU –  7 Hr.  /  Ferris St. – 7 Hr. 30 Min                 SVSU – 7 Hr. 20 Min  /  Gogebic Comm–  2 Hr. 5 Min  /  Lake Sup. State – 4 Hr. 35 Min

Mount Bohemia –  Mohawk, MI

Deal: On the first Saturday of December, season passes go for only $100. The purchase of a season pass includes 2 free lift tickets at Crystal Mountain, along with 2 free lift tickets at Ski the Porkies.

Distance From:  Mich. Tech – 55 Min  /  NMU – 2 Hr. 45 Min  /  CMU – 7 Hr. 50 Min  /   Ferris St. – 8 Hr. 15 Min     SVSU – 8 Hr. 5 Min  /   Gogebic Comm–  1 Hr  /  Lake Sup. State – 5 Hr. 30 Min

Mt. Zion – Ironwood, MI

Deal: All Gogebic Community College enrolled students ski FREE with student ID.

Distance From:  Mich. Tech – 2 Hr. 5 Min  /  NMU – 2 Hr. 40 Min  /  CMU –  5 Hr. 10 Min  /  Ferris St. – 8 Hr. 10 Min  /  SVSU – 8 Hr.  /  Gogebic Comm–  2 Min  /  Lake Sup. State – 5 Hr. 20 Min

Pine Mountain – Iron County, MI

Deal: Enrolled Bay College students receive a student pass for just $99 with proof of 12 or more credits, as well as other University students for $129.

Distance From:  Mich. Tech – 2 Hr.  /  NMU – 1 Hr. 30 Min  /  CMU –  6 Hr.  /  Ferris St. – 6 Hr. 30 Min              SVSU – 6 Hr. 30 Min  /  Gogebic Comm–  2 Hr. 15 Min  /  Lake Sup. State – 4 Hr.