February 11, 2019 | Story by: Nick Danowski
The Brighton-Howell Area in southeast Michigan is home to both enthralling downhill skiing and snowboarding options and scenic cross-country trails that make it a destination perfect for a winter getaway. Learn about the slopes, special packages, amenities, and more in this guide to a skiing weekend in the Brighton-Howell area!
At Mt. Brighton, you can visit an entirely revamped downhill ski destination with exhilarating slopes for skiers and snowboarders of all levels and ages. Over $10 million of improvements have resulted in new chairlifts, new base facilities, and a new powerful state-of-the-art snowmaking system. Upgrades have also included slope re-grading, enhanced learning terrain, and racing hill expansion.
Mt. Brighton has a riveting halfpipe, and over 26 trails and 5 lifts covering 130 acres – check out their map for an in-depth look. Amenities include the Chairlift Ski Shop which rents equipment, a children’s ski and ride school center with group lessons starting as young as 3 years old, and 4 bars/restaurants on site. The slopes are even integrated with Epic Mix, a social app that allows you to track accomplishments.
Check out the great packages local hotels offer for Mt. Brighton attendees! Included are coupons upon check-in that are redeemable at attractions, restaurants, and retail establishments. Explore their skiing & snowboarding lessons and check here for their snow report! For the 2018/2019 season, Mt. Brighton is offering 3 days for the price of 2!
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There are more than a few options in the Brighton-Howell Area for this winter sport! Kensington Metropark boasts 12 miles of groomed cross-country skiing. Both beginner and intermediate level trails traverse the park and golf course. You’ll encounter beautiful scenes of snowy fields, frozen ponds, and picturesque forest. Resources and amenities can be found at the ski center with public restrooms, limited food service, and rental equipment. Check out the park conditions and closure info before you head out!
Huron Meadows Metropark offers 2 types of trails including 15 miles of tracked, classic skiing and 11 miles of trails for skate-style skiing with rolling hills. The Buck’s Run area of the park is an intriguing mile and a half loop made from snow shot from snow guns!
The Ski Center has a heated lounge with restrooms and snacks and features both classic- and skate-style ski rentals. Be sure to look at the park’s conditions before you arrive!
The Island State Recreation Area allows you to ski across over 18 miles of cross-country trails, from open brush land to mature hardwood forest. Take a look at the trails beforehand, and feel free to call 810.229.7067 for more details and information!
Howell Conference & Nature Center also offers cross-country ski trails. Call 517-546-0249 for details and information.
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Due to both rich outdoor resources as well as advanced scientific creations, the Brighton-Howell area is a great place for a family trip, couple’s getaway, or weekend with friends in the winter. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on all our offerings!
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