Free Ski Weekend in Gaylord, December 15 – 17, 2017

The Gaylord Area Convention & Tourism Bureau, along with area hotels, vacation rentals and Treetops Resort, welcome winter with FREE SKIING Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 15 – 17, 2017.

Said to be the most family friendly resort in Michigan, Treetops is excited to make winter fun free!  Early season getaways include free skiing with your lodging at participating Gaylord area properties.  The ski free packages start at just $65 per room, per night at Gaylord area properties, and just $109 per room, per night at Treetops Resort.

Each overnight guest will receive a free lift ticket voucher, valid for one day of skiing.  Free skiing begins on Friday, December 15th at 2:00 p.m. and continues throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday.

Whether you’re snowboarding or skiing, the lift ticket is free!  “This is a great weekend to learn to ski, too,” said Paul Beachnau, Gaylord Area Tourism Bureau Executive Director.  Treetops Resort will be offering free Learn to Ski Clinics on Saturday, December 16th

“An easy way to start the ski season is through a free ski clinic.  Whether you’re trying the sport for the first time, or a seasoned skier or boarder, the Free Ski weekend makes for a great getaway,” Beachnau went on to say.           

Many area properties are excited to be a part of Gaylord’s Free Ski weekend.  There’s the cozy and quaint The Ridge Resort, a great snowmobile launching point directly across the snowmobile trail; upon return from a downhill ski or trail adventure guests can enjoy a relaxing fireside drink or small plate.  Another special treat after a winter day is relaxing at your very own cabin, condo or house, and guests will appreciate the attention to every detail and superior hospitality provided by Pine Cone Rentals.

“Some other great lodging options located trailside include the Baymont Inn and Suites and the American Alpine Lodge. There is nothing like soaking in a steaming hot tub or heated pool after a long day on the trail. For a quaint and cozy room away from the hustle and bustle of town, try the Waters Inn, located in nearby Waters just south of Gaylord,” Beachnau shared.

Treetops Resort is known for its family friendly approach to winter fun!  The Treetops’ team grooms 23 slopes and is home to Michigan’s only ‘Terrain Based Learning Program’ as part of its PSIA and AASI-certified winter sports school for snowboarders and skiers. This spectacular resort also offers snow tubing during the season, and an award winning children’s program with the only fully certified daycare facility on site within Michigan.  There’s a full-service spa, indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpools, along with a variety of dining and accommodation options. The ski terrain is perfect for all ages, from the very youngest of skiers to the expert boarder and everyone in between. 

The Gaylord Tourism Bureau Welcomes You

Located in the exact center of northern Michigan on the 45th parallel, the Gaylord area offers something for everyone. Gaylord, known as Michigan’s Alpine Village, is a recreation seekers paradise!  Visitors will want to experience all Gaylord has to offer this winter season, including downhill and cross-country skiing, snow tubing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling on one of the Midwest’s most convenient trail systems, the North Central State Trail, which takes enthusiasts from Gaylord to Mackinaw City.

Reserving your Gaylord Free Ski Weekend is Easy!

Just visit or for information on reserving your room and free lift ticket.  For more information on winter fun, call Treetops Resort at (888) TREETOPS.

Select Your Lodging Property & Tell Them You Want To Ski Free!

Property Rate – Details Phone
Pine Cone Rentals Starting at $72.00 per person/per night
*Based on Quad Occupancy, availability &
Vacation Home Selection
Quality Inn Call for details 800-732-7540
Hampton Inn Call for details 888-731-4500
Baymont Inn & Suites Call for details 888-808-6331
Waters Inn All Rooms $99, Rate Includes 6% Michigan Tax & 5% Tourism Tax, (Best Online Rate Guaranteed-rate before taxes $89.19), limit of 2 vouchers per room/per night 800-557-2425
American Alpine Lodge $65 per night DBL Occ / $70 per night TRPL /
$75 per night Quad
Pine Cone Inn & Suites $43.00 per person/per room  *Based on double occupancy 866-731-1887
Treetops Resort $109.00 – 2 FREE lift tickets per room 888-873-3867
The Ridge Resort $99.00 per night or 20% off 800-743-7529
Fairfield Inn & Suites $109.00/per night plus applicable tax 989-448-2967

* Some restrictions apply. All rates are plus tax and plus resort fees if applicable


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