Caberfae Peaks


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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Holiday Inn Express Cadillac



This hotel offers rooms and suites with microwave and refrigerators, complimentary breakfast and Internet access, indoor pool, whirl pool and fitness center. 

Extra person charges may apply


$99 and up


McGuire's Resort



Resort offers standard rooms, studios and suites with amenities to include indoor pool, hot tub, cross-country ski and snowshoeing trails, direct access to miles of snowmobile trails and the "Jim" Fitness Studio. 

Extra person charges may apply


Call for pricing


Mackenzie Lodge



36 room lodge, ski-in/ski out access, with outdoor heated pool, hot tub and restaurant. 


Extra person charges may apply


$69 and up 












2010 - 2011 Rental Equipment Rates

2010 - 2011 Lesson Rates


Caberfae Peaks

The South Peak and North Peak developments have totally changed the topography of this naturally beautiful land. Caberfae Peaks Ski Resort now boasts some of the biggest vertical drops and longest and best ski runs in the Midwest. Rising higher than South Peak and boasting a 485-foot vertical drop, the North Peak complex provides the best ski terrain in Northern Michigan. Skiers enjoy blasting into runs like Number One Canyon and Lift Line. South Peak is extremely popular and was recognized by the Detroit Free Press as one of the best ski hills in the Midwest. The advanced and expert runs, which spill off South Peak, are respected as an ultimate challenge in Northern Michigan.

Snow making percent100%
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow2
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Total number of lifts6
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park
Trails-6-Half pipe
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run.8 mile
General-Base elevation1060'
General-Vertical drop485'
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds200 acres
General-Snow making coverage200 acres
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Long steep runs

I list Caberfae as my home area even though it is 2 1/2 hours from me and there are closer ski areas.  I have been skiing it for over 20 years and never get tired of it.  It has some nice beginner runs that go through forested areas, but the north and south peaks are the jewel of the resort.  The runs off of the peaks are somewhat challenging and somewhat long ( for midwestern standards ).  The price is very cheap, you can get a weekend season pass for $99 !  They do have a hotel on sight, the Mackenzie lodge, but I have never stayed there.  If you live in Michigan this is a must do resort.


Pros: cheap, unpretentious, laid back

Cons: somewhat lacking in the snowmaking and grooming department

The "Mighty C" is the granddaddy of downhill skiing in Michigan, opening in 1938 (the same year as Alta).

It remains "skiing like it used to be" - low key, inexpensive, down to earth. The resort doesn't spend a lot of money on snowmaking and grooming, and the ticket prices reflect that frugality.  You can get a season pass for under $100 and lift tickets for under $10  if you look around for deals.  This means that conditions can be a bit spotty if it hasn't snowed recently.

  About a dozen years ago they brought in some dirt and added more vertical to their two peaks, making for the highest elevation (but not the biggest vertical drop) of any lower peninsula resort.  Adding vertical is a worthy endevour, however the top of each hill has that "cramped" feeling that you get at the manmade hills.  Once you're about 1/4 of the way down, however, it opens up and feels much more spacious, especially on the South Peak.

Speaking of the South Peak, that's where the action is for intermediates and above - be sure to time you trip for when the South Peak is open (it opens later in the year and closes earlier than the North Peak.)  They tend to leave large portions of the South Peak terrain ungroomed, so skiers who prefer their snow au natural  learn to love the south peak.

The lodge is fairly new, but spartan.  Lift geeks that enjoy seeing vintage gear still in use will be thrilled.

There's a long easy beginner trail leading from the top of the North Peak, and a fair amount of easily accessible beginner terrain.

Bottom line - look for deals (internet, ski shops, etc.) and time your trip for when there's fresh snow.


Pros: Cost, atmosphere.

Cons: Slow lifts

Caberfae has some of the best deals in Lower Michigan.  Midweek passes can be purchased for $99 in the fall and for 2008-2009 they worked out a deal with McGuire's Resort for a pass and lodging.  That was great for those of us that live farther away. 


The hill is very friendly, nice lodge and they allow brown-bagging and crockpots for cooking lunch.  Cadillac gets a good amount of lake effect snow.  This season Cab's been leaving a few runs ungroomed and skiable trees offer a welcome change from the typical midwest resort. 


Pros: Cost, close to home, atmosphere

Cons: crowds, snow quality

Caberfae peaks, also known as the "Big C" is a great value for skiers in central MI.  The terrain is okay for lower MI, last few years have saw lots of natural snow. 


Very family friendly vibe, lots of tables and electrical outlets for crockpots in the lower level of the lodge.


If local or close by watch for deals on season passes at the warren miller films in the fall.  I have skied the last two years for $99 a pass.