Overlooking the Ottawa National Forest in Michigan, Indianhead Mountain Resort is a great place for anyone who considers themselves an intermediate or advanced skier or snowboarder. This is an area known for its wildlife and nature, which adds another level of beauty to its runs and trails. While Indianhead doesn’t have a lot of terrain parks, it makes up for what it lacks in the diverse runs, the large skiable terrain, and its natural beauty.
Indianhead is definitely a mountain for those who are in the intermediate or advanced category. Of its 32 runs, only 19% are beginner, with 31% being intermediate, 41% being advanced, and 9% being expert double-diamond runs. The longest run is about 1 mile, and there’s 240 acres of skiable terrain. The vertical drop is also very large, coming in at about 637 feet. Indianhead isn’t a mountain that’s typically recommended for beginners, as most of its runs fall in the intermediate and advanced difficulties, so it’s a good place for someone to move up in difficulty or take on a challenge.
There’s 7 lifts in total, with 1 quad lift, 1 triple lift, and five double lifts. In addition, there’s also 2 rope-tows to help get skiers and snowboarders up the hills. However, since the vertical drop is so high, it’s typically recommended to use chair lifts instead of rope-tows. There’s also one terrain park in the resort, but the focus is mainly on the hills and the difficulty of the runs.
Since Indianhead is a resort, there is on-site lodging and many things for kids and families to do. It’s also a summer resort, as well as being home to the mountain that can be skied and snowboarded. The base is also well-equipped to keep family members busy and snowboarders and skiers refreshed in their downtimes.
For an all-day weekday pass, people can pay $49 and for weekend days, people can pay $65. However, buying two-day or three-day passes or even season passes is a much better deal. Lifts run 9 AM to 4 PM daily.