Mourning the loss of JW Wiseman, Founder of Swiss Valley

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Jim (‘JW’) Wiseman, owner and founder of Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area. In 1968, Jim, a high school principal and former wife Sandra Wiseman, purchased a small ski area in rural Southwest Michigan with a dream and a disciplined work ethic. He devoted the rest of his life and many years of hard work to build and grow a thriving snow sports business.

For more than 5 decades, hundreds of thousands of guests have learned to ski and snowboard on the slopes of Swiss Valley, warmed up around the fireplace, and après ski with winter friends in the Chalet. He created a very special place that has been enjoyed by generations.

Operations Update for 1/1/2022 & 1/2/2022

We plan to delay opening until 12:00 PM on 1/1/22, New Years Day. Due to possible inclement weather Saturday morning, we will open with 2 runs, Easy over 1 and Swiss Miss at 12:00pm and  operate until 7:00pm.

Lift tickets will be $25.00 and Lift tickets + Rentals will be $35.00.

Sunday 1/2/2022 we will also delay opening until 12:00pm in order to move snow guns and groom the snow out and try to get more terrain open. Lift tickets will be $25.00 and Lift tickets + Rentals will be $35.00.

Operations Update: Wednesday, December 29

Hooray for more Ski Days!
Open with limited terrain.
Wed., Dec 29 9am-7pm
Thurs., Dec 30 9am-7pm
Friday, Dec 31 9am-7pm
We plan to be open Saturday and Sunday – however we will take advantage of any snowmaking and additional grooming opportunities the new year gives us.
What we need … cold temps and lower humidity to make more snow and groom out what piles we have.
What we want… is lots of snow. ❄️ but if Mother Nature continues to be stubborn, we will take the cold temps.
Ski’ya Soon!

Operations Update

We plan to open the slopes tomorrow, Tuesday December 28 – from 9am – 7pm. We will operate on two runs, Easy Over 1 Served by 1 rope tow, and Swiss Miss, served by the Quad 83 Chairlift, as well as a small hike park at the base of Triple chair/Mountain Do.

Lift Tickets will be $25. Lift + Rental will be $35 all day.

Winter is forecasted to return mid-week bringing us additional snowmaking temperatures and the opportunity to add more terrain.



Operations Update: Slopes Closed Monday, December 27

Slopes Closed / Ski Shop Open from 12pm-5pm

We will not be open for skiing & snowboarding today – Monday, December 27 – due to the warm wet weather. Winter is forecasted to return mid-week bringing us additional snowmaking temperatures and the opportunity to add more terrain. Please check back with us tomorrow, December 28, for the area update.

Opening Day Announced! Dec 26th 12-7pm

We will be opening Sunday December 26th at 12:00pm – 7pm with limited terrain available.

We will have Easy Over 1, with one rope tow, and Swiss Miss operating Quad 83 Chairlift.

Lift tickets $25

Lift + Rental $35

For Opening Day, the Chalet will be open for Bar Service and popcorn only. Cafe 225′ will be fully open. Masks are required for unvaccinated customers indoors at all times.

The Ski & Board Shop will reopen with ski area hours on Sunday December December 26th.

The forecast is not great for Monday and Tuesday with more unseasonable weather in store. Please stay tuned on operating schedule for those days. Cold weather returns Wednesday night, we will fire up the snowguns and add terrain as we can. We are doing everything we can to get as much terrain open as possible for skiing and boarding.

Stay tuned to our social media channels, our website and the snowphone. We can’t wait to see everyone. Happy Holidays from all of us at Swiss Valley.


Ski Shop – Holiday Hours

Need to do a little last minute Holiday Shopping or need some gear for the trip up North, out East or out West? Visit the Ski Shop this week by appointment Wednesday, Dec 22 and Thursday, Dec 23 by emailing or 269-244-5635.
If we are not able to open for skiing …
The Ski Shop will be open for walk-in shoppers Christmas Eve Friday, December 24 10am-5pm and Sunday, December 26 12pm-7pm.
Closed Christmas Day. Unless we open for skiing … ??? then the shop will be open with regular hours.

HIRING – Office Staff, Ticket Staff, Weekday Shifts & Instructors

We are accepting applicants for all positions however, we have immediate openings for Office Staff, Ticket Staff, Weekday Shifts and also Snow Sports Instructors. Flexible schedules, ski and board benefits, ski shop discounts and Super Fun Work Environment! For more information call 269-244-5635 or visit

E-Gift Cards & Traditional Gift Cards Available

Give the Gift of SNOW MUCH FUN! Gift Cards never expire and are reloadable.

Link here for more information and to Buy Now!

Ski Shop Opens to Walk-in Shoppers Friday, Dec 17

Ski Shop will open for walk in shoppers this weekend. Appointments can be made during weekdays by contacting or calling 269-244-5635.

Weekend Hours:

Friday, December 17 – 10am – 5pm

Saturday December 18 – 12pm – 7pm

Sunday, December 19 – 12pm – 7pm