Caberfae Peaks

Caberfae Peaks, nestled in the scenic Manistee National Forest, is a straight drive north of Grand Rapids—99 miles to be exact. This four-season resort enjoys a long winter season and a challenging golf course to enjoy the rest of the year. In all seasons, the resort offers luxury accommodations, exciting dining options, and welcoming atmosphere.

During the winter, which stretches from Thanksgiving to Saint Patrick's Day or maybe longer in a given year, the Caberfae ski area is perfectly situated. It's close enough to Lake Michigan to receive the lake-effect snow, which dumps an average of 150 inches of the white powder every season. The lake effect can be difficult to predict. Over the winter of 2008-2009, the Caberfae ski resort was blanketed with a staggering 226 inches of snow. The high elevation also contributes to the excellent conditions and thrilling experiences that await.

The terrain at the Caberfae ski resort is suited to skiers of all levels. If you'd prefer to stay on gentle trails or you're looking for some of the biggest drops in the Michigan skiing scene, you'll find it here. Over the 200 skiable acres, with a 100 percent snowmaking coverage, there are 34 runs with 485 feet of vertical drop. The trails are nearly evenly divided between beginner, intermediate, and advanced runs. A pair of double chairlifts, along with a trip and a quad, will bring you to the your favorite run in no time, while two surface tows can help get around the Caberfae ski area.

This Michigan resort in the town of Cadillac is also home to a pair of terrain parks. More advanced snowboarders will find thrills at Cammy's Park on the upper part of the peak, while the Little Jibbers Park, close to the lodge, is best suited to beginners. Nordic skiing is another possibility at the Caberfae ski resort with the MacKenzie Cross-Country Ski Trail. Winding for ten miles through a hardwood forest, the trail begins at the base of the mountain and is rated for different levels of difficulty.

No matter which of the things to do that you choose to pack into your day, you'll find ample opportunities to relax throughout the Caberfae ski area. The day lodge, one of the biggest at any Michigan ski resort, stretches out for 16,000 square feet. Just steps from the beginner's runs, the lodge has a large rental shop, a cafeteria, and a cozy fireplace. You'll also have the chance to make reservations for ski or snowboarding lessons, both private and group lessons are available with advance arrangements.

Overnight stays are a possibility at Caberfae Peaks. This option for Michigan hotels includes a 36-room lodge strategically located at the base of the mountain. Along with ski-in ski-out access, guests enjoy access to the dining room or room service as well as a pub. No matter your choice of when to go, you can find a way to turn a day at this resort into a full-fledged vacation. The lodge and nearby hotels have partnered with Caberfae Peaks to offer vacation packages. Besides a place to stay, these packages include discounts for lift tickets or other special features. During the warmer months of the year, you can purchase golf packages, some with unlimited play.

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