I was wondering if you guys could shed some light on a little dilemma i have..
I'm from northern Inidana (Fort Wayne) and I plan on heading up to northern Michigan the week after the super bowl. I usually hit up Boyne Mountain/highlands and Nubs Nob once or twice a year but mainly stay around the southern resorts like Bittersweet and Timber Ridge. Well this year my mom wants to go to with me because she's never been to a ski resort and has always wanted to go, I'm not sure why because she can't ski or snowboard. I wanted to try out a place i've never been but It needs to have a lot of activities that someone who doesn't snowboard can do like snow tubing, shopping, and whatnot. Now I'll be spending the entire time from open to close on the hill but want my mom to have a fun as well. Basically what I'm asking is what would be the best resort that offers awesome snowboarding while still providing the best time for a non-snowboarder?
I'm thinking about Crystal Mountain, Shanty Creek, or Caberfae (their website isn't working for some reason). I've never been to any of these resorts and was wondering which you thought was the best or if there was any that i haven't considered. I liked Boyne more than Nubs Nob (I think i preferred highlands over mountain but I might have the two mixed up). How do the three I mentioned compare to Boyne?
Sorry for the long post, I'm just trying to make the best decision
Crystal Mountain is kind of in the middle of nowhere, sure you can get to Traverse City in about 45 mins but other than that, nothing around. That said, Crystal has a full service spa service which is really nice.
I think Boyne also has the spa & water park or something like that. Both Boynes are about 5 mins from Nub's Nob so you could go to different ski areas each day. Not too far from Harbor Springs & Petoskey which are going to be fairly quiet towns in the winter I think.
Schuss/Shanty is like Crystal, in the middle of nowhere really. Again, a nice mountain, but the nearest city is Mancelona and there ain't much going on there. Ever.
Caberfae is a nice mountain but it is the least "resort-y" of all of them. They don't have nearly the amenities, located just oustide of Cadillac which is basically a big "small town" with not much going on other than snowmobiling or ice fishing in the winter months.
Your best bet would be to stay in downtown Traverse City. That puts your mom close to plenty of shopping, restaurants, there is nightlife, casinos, etc. as long as you don't mind driving a little bit to ski resorts. Crystal is 45 mins, Boyne is about 1hr.
If you absolutely must stay at the resort, your best option would be to stay in Harbor Springs area and go to Boyne, but you won't have options of "shopping" at the resorts really. Boyne may have snow tubing, I'm not sure. I don't think Crystal does.