January 13, 2012
In North Central Michigan lies a place to be discovered. Cross country trails weave through the woods, snowboard and ski enthusiast come to slay the snow, and families build traditions that last a life time. There are actually many places like this in North Central Michigan, but we want to tell you about our snowboard trip to Tree Tops Resort.
Our Trip to Tree Tops
On January 6th, 2012 I hopped into the car with David and his wife from AGNARCHY.com. We headed up to Tree Tops Resort in Garylord, Michigan to meet up with Midwest region members of the North American Snowsports Journalist Association (NASJA) for a weekend of snowboarding, conferences, and fun.
After a good nights sleep, we started off the 7th by hammering down a killer breakfast provided by Legends on the Hill which is located at the top of Tree Tops. We dropped off David’s wife at the spa for a day of relaxation, and took to the hills.
We rode all day Saturday until we met back up with the crew from NASJA to learn about what else was going on in North Central Michigan. We were pleasantly surprised to meet many of the Great Lakes Winter Trails Council. They talked about what is going down in the cross county ski world throughout Michigan. It was great to meet a group of people so passionate about their sport. You have to check them out. Along with the council, Pure Michigan was in the house, Pete from Skiwalking.com was there, and Priority Health was on board. Back to the snow.
The snow conditions were about as perfect as you can get for having a couple rainy 50 degree days before we arrived. Most of Saturday and Sunday were cloudy flat light days, until the clouds cleared and the sun popped Sunday afternoon. We cruised the lightly snow dusted corduroy, jammed the trick tube, found every natural hit possible, and checked out once the ice patches took a toll on our legs.
I am sad to say that Tree Tops did not have their terrain park up yet due to weather conditions and mother nature. I am happy to say that my friend Brian from Board Sport Terrain Design will be there as soon as it is time to build a terrain park for any level of progression.
Tree Tops Resort
I give Tree Tops Resort two thumbs up. The lodging was better than I ever need. The hill has terrain for every ability of rider, and the food will make your mouth water. Can you say Reuben egg rolls? We also had the chance to talk with General Manager Barry Owens who is pushing to make Tree Tops a killer experience for everyone who comes.
If you want to check out Tree Tops… keep your eyes peeled for deals to start off the year. From the sounds of it, Barry wants you to come and has deals so you are sure to get your moneys worth. For more information on the resort make sure to go to www.treetops.com. I don’t want to speak for everyone, but I think Tree Tops is a great snowboard and ski destination.