Oakland County Olympic Snowboarder Danny Davis

Professional snowboarder Danny Davis speaks to people attending the Merry Mitten Classic.

Highland native Danny Davis, a professional snowboarder, recently visited Alpine Valley. Davis is a respected, Olympic snowboarder who’s competed at the highest level and looks to focus the sport on, “fun, friends, and new experiences.” He returned home to Alpine Valley on December 22nd, 2018 to put on the Merry Mitten Classic and ride alongside Oakland County snowboarders.

Check out this video of Danny Davis’ return to the slopes of Alpine Valley:

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Oakland County Skiing and Snowboarding at Pine Knob

Pine Knob's lodge sits at the bottom of the slopes.

One of three ski areas in Oakland County, Pine Knob welcomes skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels with 14 trail runs, six chairlifts, four rope tows, three terrain parks, and two wonder carpets. Brave the well-groomed 300 foot vertical, attend a lesson, or relax in the lodge. Pine Knob, “Motor City’s closest ski resort,” is a short drive away for hours of outdoor fun and excitement!

Located in Independence Township, Pine Knob is open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturdays, and 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sundays. Check out this video of their slopes before you visit:

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Oakland County Skiing and Snowboarding at Alpine Valley

A skier attempts a jump on a snowy hill, while other riders make their way down the slopes.

Alpine Valley, “Southeast Michigan’s Mountain of Fun,” is ready for riders! One of three ski areas in Oakland County, Alpine Valley welcomes skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels to its 24 trail runs, nine chairlifts, four rope tows, and magic carpet. Beginners can brave easier hills, freestylers can perform tricks in four terrain areas, and advanced riders can race on the same slopes as Oakland County Olympians. Everyone will find an exciting and entertaining activity to have fun and stay active during this time of year at Alpine Valley!

Located in White Lake Township, Alpine Valley is open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Before you hit the slopes, check out this quick preview:

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Fire & Ice Festival in Oakland County

The Fire & Ice Festival in Downtown Rochester is back January 18th–20th for another year of family fun and winter festivities that you can enjoy for FREE. The three-day community celebration will be packed with events like tube sledding, ice skating, dog sled rides, cross-country skiing, ice sculptures along Main Street, fireworks on Friday and Saturday night, The Big, Bright Light Show, live music, TasteFest, and so much more!

Take a look at our video for a preview of the fun:

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Shop Small at Oakland County Independent Toy Stores

Shopping small is a great way to support local businesses and find the perfect gift for anyone on your list this holiday season and throughout the year. Oakland County is home to several independent toy stores that offer a variety of specialty toys and gifts. Check out our full list of independently owned toy and gift stores:

Independent Toy Stores in Oakland County

Surprise the little ones in your life with something they’ll treasure from a local toy store. Find classic kid favorites as well as the latest and greatest toys at Adventures in Toys in Birmingham, The Village Toy Shoppe in Milford, and Funky Monkey Toys in Oxford.

For the hard to shop for on your list, check out unique stores featuring Michigan-made, whimsical, and lifestyle gifts at Catching Fireflies in Berkley or Rochester, Green Hippo Gifts in Lake Orion, or Leon and Lulu in Clawson.

Looking for something specific? Check out our interactive map of toy stores and use the legend to sort by different types of specialty shops: Collectibles; Comics; Dolls; Games; Hobby; Magic; Anime, Manga & Kawaii; Blocks & Robots; Toys; and Toys & Gifts.

Map of many different toy stores across Oakland County.

Do you know of any other independent toy or gift stores in the Oakland County area? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, by contacting us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leaving a comment below.


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