Apple Mountain is an operating ski area with convention facilities, near Freeland, MI. It previously operated as Bintz Apple Mountain. John and Joan Bintz opened the area for the 1961-62 season with a 30′ hill after they had purchased the land including an apple orchard. They improved the property year after year, building the hill and adding more tows and buildings, including a restaurant and chapel. Between 1961 and 1994, almost 800,000 students went through the Apple mountain Learn-to-Ski program. Apple also claimed to be the 1st area in the state of Michigan to offer skiing as a college course through Delta College. (Although Mont Ripley in the UP has been owned and operated since 1936 by Michigan Technological University which may have offered skiing courses during that time.) In 2012, the Michigan Ski Industries Association inducted John and Joan Bintz into the Michigan Ski Hall of Fame.
Around 1998, the Bintz’s sold the area to Mike Bierlein from Midland who continued operations and added a golf course and conference facilities. Apple Mountain closed as an operating ski area at the end of the 2016-17 ski season. That fall, they announced plans to rework their snowmaking system with the hope of re-opening the following season. In October 2018, they announced they had ceased winter operations. Restaurant, golf and conference operations continue.
At its close, Apple Mountain boasted a 220′ vertical drop, with 12 slopes, 1 quad Chairlift and 4 tows.