By Stephen Hilton

Ever wish for the chance to just lift off the ground and fly?  With winter comes cold temperatures and lots of snow but also the chance to use that snow to hurl down a hill and get some air under your feet. Head to the nearest ski hill in Metro Detroit this winter and strap on a pair of skis to get as close to flying as possible without jumping out of an airplane.

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What you need to start Skiing

Beginning to ski is a lot easier to try than you may think. The resorts have rental services so you do not need to buy equipment when starting off. All you need is a coat, gloves,  hat, snow pants and anything else to keep warm in winter. The rental department will provide the skis, boots and poles. As well as helmets if available. Lessons at most resorts start at age 5 and go up from there. Group or private lessons are available.

Gear up and take a lesson or two and you are ready for countless exciting days on the slopes. Skiing is just like riding a bike so you won’t forget how to turn and stop over the summer. With some time and effort you can work up to the challenging runs. One thing to remember; green circles are the easy runs, blue squares are intermediate and black diamonds are the most difficult. Grab the family and get outside this winter to fly down your nearest ski hill.

Where to find the Slopes

You don’t have to travel to Colorado to find a good resort. Michigan has plenty of beginner friendly hills to try this winter in Metro Detroit.

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Close hills to check out include:

Mt Brighton Ski Area
4141 Bauer Rd.
Brighton, MI

Alpine Valley Ski Area
6775 Highland Rd.
White Lake, MI

Mt Holly Ski Area
13536 Dixie Hwy.
Holly, MI

Pine Knob Ski Resort
7778 Sashabaw Rd.
Clarkston, MI

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Stephen Hilton is the Community Affairs intern for CBS 62 and CW50 in Detroit. I have an appetite for telling stories with video and having a great time doing it when I am not boating in the summer or skiing in the winter.