Wolverine State ski areas have teamed with Michigan's McDonald's Restaurants to once again offer a popular and affordable introduction to snow sports. It covers downhill skiing, snowboarding, and cross country skiing.

The Discover Michigan Ski program includes a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental, and a beginner area lift pass or cross-country trail pass. Twenty-three of the state's top ski areas and resorts are participating in the program, which runs from Jan. 3-31. The cost for the program, which is open to everyone from seven on up, is $20 for cross country skiing, $30 for a skiing lesson and $40 for snowboarding.

Signing up is easy. The Discover Michigan Ski vouchers are available at participating McDonald's Restaurants and selected ski shops while quantities last. A printable version is also available by following the link below. The voucher lists participating ski areas. You must pre-register with the area.

"It's been a very popular program in past years," said Mickey McWilliams, director of Michigan Snowsports Industries Association.  "This is an affordable way to give snow sports a try, and many keep with it after that initial lesson. It offers a good introduction to the sport."

A sampling of participating areas includes some of the larger resorts in Lower Michigan: Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands, Caberfae Peaks, Nubs Nob, Shanty Creek, The Homestead and Treetops. Big Powderhorn, Blackjack, and Norway Mountain are some of the participating UP resorts. The complete list is available online.

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