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The Michigan White Gold Card – Michigan’s Best Skiing Value 32 Days Skiing For $299

MSIA Michigan White Gold Card

Michigan White Gold card by MSIA

The MSIA (Michigan Snowsports Industries Association) each year sells the Michigan White Gold Card. The cost is $299 for the winter of 2019/2020. Because it is a limited fundraiser for MSIA, only 400 are sold each year. This pass Includes a 1-day ticket for each of the 32 ski resorts in Michigan and in addition a ski tune and 3 waxes.

The best deal in Michigan skiing

This is possibly the very best deal for skiing in the state of Michigan available. Sure, there is the $99 Caberfae Peaks weekend pass but that means your going there over and over and over again. There is also the $99 Mount Bohemia pass which would be great if more of us lived close enough to Mount Bohemia to ski it on a regular basis. Let’s face it. Sometimes you really just want to carve down some groomers digging trenches in the snow.

The participating resorts are:

Michigan UP ski resort map
Michigan ski resort map

Where do you get the Michigan White Gold Card?

In years past you could order the Michigan White Gold Card online. This year they had short limited online pre-sale in September and the card can only be purchased in certain stores. Some stores such as Boyne Country Sports will accept credit cards for payments. Others will only accept cash or check. You may want to call the store to find out. The below stores have them this year.

Participating stores

  • Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus – Grand Rapids
  • Boyne Country Sports – Bloomfield Hills, Grand Rapids, Novi, Traverse City
  • Don Orr Ski Haus – Traverse City
  • Don Thomas Sporthaus – Birmingham
  • Lee’s Adventure Sports – Kalamazoo
  • Nichol’s Ski & Snowboard – Dearborn
  • Outpost Sports – Mishawaka, IN
  • Schummer’s Ski Shop – Grosse Ponte Woods
  • Shumaker’s Ski & Board – Flint
  • The Peak Ski and Sports – Keego Harbor
  • Sun & Snow Sports – Ann Arbor, Plymouth
  • Summit Sports – Brighton, East Lansing, Bloomfield Hills, Cannonsburg
  • Swiss Valley Ski Shop – Jones
  • Treetops Ski Shop – Gaylord
  • Uncle Jib’s Ski Shop – Holland

Save more money with Boyne Country rewards

If you purchase it from Boyne Country Sports they count it towards their reward program. As a result, If you happen to buy 2 of them, the total purchase is $598. For every $500 spent they give you a $25 reward card. Consequently, you will get $25 back on the purchase of 2 Michigan White Gold Cards there.

How much money can you really save? One winter’s experience.

We bought a couple of Michigan White Gold Cards a couple of years ago. We used the following days on it.

  • Mt Holly – $47
  • Pine Knob – $47
  • Alpine Valley – $48
  • Mount Brighton – $54
  • Caberfae Peaks – $39
  • Crystal Mountain – $79
  • Boyne Mountain – $75
  • Boyne Highlands – $75
  • Nubs Nob – $88
  • Marquette Mountain – $54
  • Mount Bohemia – $74
  • Mont Ripley – $52
  • Bittersweet – $50

We used $782 worth of day lift tickets. We also used the ski tune($60) and one wax each($40). In total for our $299 White Gold Card purchase, we get $882 worth of value. We could have easily used more days on the pass. I intended to go to Shanty Creek but never made it up there. Next time we would like to try a few more of the Kalamazoo area resorts.

Try new places

We weren’t planning to ski Mont Ripley. On our trip to Mount Bohemia and Marquette Mountain, we had no plans for Mont Ripley. After arriving in Houghton we decided to ski Mont Ripley because we had a few evening hours left still. The skiing is challenging for such a small mountain. Mont Ripley really doesn’t seem to get the attention it should given all that it offers.

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About the author

My name is Doug Ryan. I am an adventure sports fan and an avid skier, sailor, mountain biker who also enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and travel. I take any chance I can get to get out in the snow or water.  I actively run an adventure sports meetup where I get asked many questions.  I decided to start Endless Rush Outdoors as a way to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for adventure sports their gear.

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