Lodging // Mackenzie Lodge
Just steps from the Vista Triple and North Peak Quad lifts, the Mackenzie Lodge offers convenient ski-in/ ski-out digs with an outdoor heated pool and hot tub. Nearly as old as the resort itself, the 39-room lodge was recently updated and houses Beatie’s Bar and Grill. Must try: Arlo’s Ultimate Bloody Mary and Caberfae’s Famous French Fries. Indy Pass holders receive a 10-percent discount on Mackenzie Lodge stays.
Insider’s Tip // Caberfae Peaks Backcountry
In 2013, Caberfae Peaks opened the first lift-served backcountry skiing and riding zone in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The 25-acre area is accessible from the North Peak Quad Chair and features five to seven open runs, glades, and chutes that hold snow long after the last storm thanks to a northeast exposure. To get to the goods, head down Smiling Irishmen off the North Peak Quad and take the backcountry entrance marked on the right hand side of the trail. Some lines are accessible with little or no hiking and lead back to the Shelter Double Chair. But venture too far out and down, and you’ll be poling or walking back to the lift.
Skiers are required to wear facemasks in all public spaces where six feet of distance can’t be maintained. Due to health and safety regulations, picnic lunches are not allowed in Blackmer Lodge during the 2020’21 season, though you’ll find outdoor picnic tables throughout the resort for guests to eat packed lunches. Online, advance ticket, rental, and lesson purchases recommended; advance ticket reservations not required at time of publishing.