2014-01-09 / Sports

Snyder names January ‘Snow Sports Month’

Skiiers are shown enjoying the snow on Marquette Mountain. 
Photo courtesy Marquette Mountain Skiiers are shown enjoying the snow on Marquette Mountain. Photo courtesy Marquette Mountain CLARKSTON, Mich. – Understanding the importance of winter recreational activities, Michigan’s Gov. Rick Snyder has issued a proclamation declaring January as “Discover Michigan Snow Sports Month.”

The proclamation states in part: “during this month, we encourage Michigan residents and visitors to learn more about and take advantage of the many snow sports Pure Michigan has to offer.”

“We are pleased that Gov. Snyder sees the importance of Michigan’s winter travel and recreational activities,” says Steve Kershner, chairman of the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association and director of Snowsports at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire.

Activity on the slopes and trails contributes to the state’s $4.9 billion winter leisure and recreation travel industry and that accounts for nearly one third of the state’s leisure travel,” Kershner adds, noting that no matter where you live in the state, you are within a 2-hour drive of a ski area.

Learning to ski or snowboard is easy and affordable during January, as ski areas across Michigan have partnered with Michigan McDonald’s Restaurants to provide a statewide program called “Discover Michigan Skiing.”

The program includes a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross-country trail pass.

Twenty-four ski facilities are offering the package.

The prices for the Discover Michigan Skiing are: $20 for Cross-Country Skiing; $30 for Downhill Skiing; and $40 for Snowboarding.

More information is available at participating Michigan Mc- Donald’s restaurants and online at goskimichigan.com.

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