Area Ski Opportunities

This page is all about where you can ski and purchase or rent ski equipment in the Michiana area. Comments, suggestions, additions are welcome. The entries on this page are places many of the members of the Viking Ski Club ski or shop. The entries on this page are in no particular order, are not advertisements and are not intended to endorse a particular ski shop, store, or resort. The Viking Ski Club has received no remuneration for anything on this page. We hope you find this page useful. Click on the ski area's name or logo to be taken directly to their website.




Ouptost Sports can satisfy all your skiing needs whether it's cross country, downhill skiing, snowboarding or other winter needs. The have a complete line of boots, accessories and clothing. Their sales staff is knowledgeable. They have a tune/repair shop and rental program. During ski season they have a consignment shop.

Hours: M-F 10-8pm, Sat 10-6pm, Sun 12-5pm
3602 N. Grape Road Mishawaka, IN 46545
Phone: 574-259-1000




Swiss Valley Ski Area is located about an hour drive from South Bend and Elkhart, it is the closest ski area. They have excellent snow making facilities, beginner, intermediate and expert hills. They also have a terrain park for the more adventurous.

Swiss Valley Ski Area has an excellent Ski School that can get you skiing or snowboarding quickly. Their Valley Kids program is a great way have your younger children learn to ski. Various programs include lifts, lessons and rentals.

Facilities include Ski Shop, Ski Snowboard Rental, Ski School, Cafeteria, Restaurant and Bar. There is not onsite lodging.




Southwest Michigan Skiing and Snowboarding is another local resource for skiers. This website organizes area ski resorts by topic as well as providing a quick link to dozens of nearby Michigan ski resorts.




Special Outdoor Leisure Opportunities provides outdoor winter educational and recreational opportunities for persons with disabilities. If you are looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity check them out.




Timber Ridge Ski Area is located just north of Kalamazoo Michigan. It's an easy 1 hour drive from the Michiana area.





Bittersweet Ski Area is located a few miles west of Otsego Michigan. About 15 minutes north of Kalamazoo it takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes from the Michiana area.




Cannonsburg Ski Area is located just northeast of Grand Rapids Michigan. It's an easy 3 hour drive from the Michiana area.




Caberfae Peaks is located west of Cadillac Michigan. It's about a 4.5 hour drive from Michiana area. This resort frequently has some of the least expensive overnight packages in the area.





Crystal Mountain is located in Thompsonville Michigan. It's about a 5 hour drive from Michiana area. It has a variety of terrain, great onsite accommodations and a variety of restaurants. You can ski, snowboard, cross country ski, snowshoe, and more at Crystal. They bill themselves as Michigan's number 1 resort. It's only a half hour drive to Traverse City, Michigan's Cherry Capital. Crystal is a Viking favorite. Most years you will find at least one Viking event here.





Love Creek County Park is located near Berrien Center Michigan. It's about a 45 minute drive from Michiana area. During the winter it has a variety of groomed cross country ski trails, boot and ski rental (non county residents pay a bit more). You can ski on the well marked trails and offer various levels from beginner to expert. Most years you will find at least one Viking event here.






Boyne offers two ski resorts about 26 miles from each other. Both are excellent ski destinations offering a full ranges of amenities and services. The lift tickets are good at both resorts.

Boyne Highlands is located is about 5 hours north of the Michiana Area near Harbor Springs Michigan. They are a full service ski resort with 435 acres of skiable terrain and a variety of lodging, food, spa and other amenities. Most Vikings go here for the skiing, but you can also, dog sled, snowmobile, snowshoe, sled, zip-line and more.

Boyne Mountain is located is about 4.5 hours north of the Michiana Area near Boyne Falls Michigan. They are a full service ski resort with 415 acres of skiable terrain and a variety of lodging, food, spa and other amenities. Another regular Viking destination.





Shanty Creek and Schuss Mountian are located near Mancelona Michigan. A little less than 5 hours the Michiana area. It has two mountians and a variety of ski terrain. Also, you'll find great accommodations and restaurants.

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Adding Pictures to a Meetup Photo Album February 18, 2012 10:32 PM Rick S
Membership and Dues Information April 10, 2012 11:54 PM Rick S
Keeping Safe Online May 11, 2011 10:09 AM Rick S
Alpine Downhill Ski Racing (View Opportunities) January 4, 2011 1:07 PM Stan M.
Trip Insurance August 16, 2011 9:55 AM Rick S
Activities and Meetings November 30, 2010 6:47 PM Dick Z.
Friday Swiss Valley Club Night December 2, 2010 11:40 PM Rick S
Viking Ski Club History November 30, 2010 6:48 PM Dick Z.
Area Ski Opportunities November 9, 2011 1:05 PM Rick S
About Viking Ski Club January 10, 2012 12:54 PM Shawn R.

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