Caberfae Peaks, Mich.
Just 90 minutes north of Grand Rapids and 30 minutes west of the town of Cadillac, Caberfae Peaks is the closest “up north” ski area in the state. One of Michigan’s oldest destination ski resorts, Caberfae became a tourist draw way back in 1938, when snow trains began running regularly between Cadillac and big cities like Detroit and Chicago. Caberfae Peaks’ legacy as a destination ski resort remains today thanks to its family-friendly terrain and the development of fullservice amenities like slopeside lodging, an expansive demo and rental shop, and a sprawling day lodge. In fact, these days the resort is equally popular among weekend warriors and families who come up just for the day to romp around on Caberfae’s two peaks and 35 trails, then spread out—crockpots simmering nearby—in the Blackmer Day Lodge between laps.
Lots of work has gone into making Caberfae Peaks even more inviting over the years, and this season skiers can look forward to expanded snowmaking capabilities, paved parking and walkways, updated rental equipment, and a bigger deck at R Dub’s Pub for additional outdoor seating and food service. It may not be the biggest or rowdiest hill in Michigan, but what Caberfae Peaks lacks in size and vertical it makes up for in value (an adult day ticket here costs $39) and its core-skier vibe.