Shredder with a gnarly reputation? Are you a novice rider? In the Mitten State, whatever your skill level, a wonderful glide awaits you. These are Michigan's top ski runs. (Click here to see all Northern Michigan Ski Lifestyle Homes for Sale)

Easy Cruisers

    The longest run in Michigan, at 1.25 miles, receives a firm green circle, indicating that anyone who can slide onto a chairlift and "build a pizza" with their skis should have no trouble going top to bottom. On a clear day, you can see the Mackinac Bridge from the top, but the pleasure of this race is the time spent on the hill. It's a no-frills look at the pure joy of being outside in Northern Michigan during the winter. There's ample ski time…

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Experience the thrill of zooming through the trees on a Zipline Tour, race your friends on the Twin Zip Ride, or explore the ambiance of Northern Michigan from the saddle! The only thing you need to bring is yourself and your sense of adventure, we'll provide the rest. (Click here to see all Northern Michigan Ski Lifestyle Homes for Sale)

Cross Country Skiing
Pack up the kids or rally your friends to sample everything they have to offer - from gentle trails through pine forests to technical terrain designed to test even the most dedicated Nordic skiers. Whatever your preference or your ability level, Boyne Mountain Resorts trails are ready for your tracks. (Click here to see Northern Michigan's finest collection of ski-in/ski out vacation…

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Conversations about credit shouldn’t make you cringe, even if you have a poor or below-average credit score. When used responsibly, credit is a financial asset that can simplify your life and improve your finances. There are actionable steps for rebuilding and maintaining a good credit score, and those steps begin with little more than a willingness to learn. (Click here to see all Northern Michigan Luxury Lifestyle Homes for Sale)

No one establishes a strong credit score passively or overnight. These achievers begin by forming intentional habits and learning the business of credit lending. They use their knowledge to seize the many benefits of credit without falling victim to its potential pitfalls.

This article aims to give you a head start on…

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Bindings are the performance link between your boots and your skis. For your safety, they release you from the ski when the pressure exerted on them exceeds their release settings. (Click here to see all Northern Michigan Ski Lifestyle Homes for Sale)

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Today's popular integrated ski/binding systems simplify the decision-making process for some. But for those considering a non-integrated system, this article can help narrow your search. (Click here to see Northern Michigan's finest collection of ski-in/ski out vacation rentals)

The Basics of Ski Bindings

The two rules of ski bindings:

  1. They must be compatible with your chosen boots.

  2. Never adjust your binding settings yourself. Have a professional do it.

Bindings consist of a toe…

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Downhill ski poles need to be strong enough for planting turns, light enough so your arms don't tire, and flexible enough to withstand hard falls. (Click here to see all Northern Michigan Ski Lifestyle Homes for Sale)

 Close up of a skier's lower legs, boots, ski's and ski poles at the top of a ski run overlooking a beautiful mountain range and partially cloudy sky

If you're a beginner, a good ski pole is any pole that fits. As you become more experienced, you may want to try different materials for a better strength-to-weight ratio. (Click here to see Northern Michigan's finest collection of ski-in/ski out vacation rentals)

Pole Fit

To fit a pair of ski poles to you, wear shoes or stand in your ski boots. With the poles upside down—grips touching the floor—grab the pole just underneath the basket so that the top of your thumb touches the basket. Your elbow should now be at a 90° angle.

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Ski boots are the key link between your body and your skis, so finding boots well-matched to the size and shape of your feet is a high priority. (Click here to see all Northern Michigan Ski Lifestyle Homes for Sale)

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  • Ski boot construction consists of a hard outer shell for support and soft liner for cushioning and warmth. Most adult boots are "front-entry overlap" designs, meaning that they open in the front like hiking boots and are secured by three or four buckles. Some kids' boots are "rear-entry" style. These models open in the back, which makes them more comfortable and user-friendly for beginners.
  • Focus on fit and performance as a way to narrow your search—style and color are secondary considerations. If at all possible, have…

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