My Hometown: Snowboarder Danny Davis on Highland, Michigan

Plenty of snow in the winter, lots of time on the water in the summer.


Heading out the door? Read this article on the new Outside+ app available now on iOS devices for members! Download the app.

“Michigan is a beautiful place, it raised me well,” says snowboarder Danny Davis, who won the snowboard superpipe at this year’s Winter X Games. Davis hails from Highland Township (population 19,202), less than an hour from Detroit. “It’s a funny place,” he says. “Classic Midwest: lots of Detroit Red Wings fans, dirt bikes, pond hockey, and a lot of horses and lakes.”

Why do you love Highland?
I love Michigan, and I love the people there. I have lots of family there, and everyone is friendly. All the mountains have night riding, which makes for a lot of hours on my snowboard. There are also many lakes, which means lots of fishing. Of course it’s good to have the Tigers and the Red Wings close-by, too.

What’s don’t most people know about Highland?
Bob Seger is from our area, and I love that.

Best time of year to visit?
Summertime. It’s all about boats, fishing, babes, and Tigers games in Detroit. Please go visit the Great Lakes and all they have to offer at some point in your life.

Favorite place to get outside?
Our local hill, Alpine Valley, is ten minutes away and is where I grew up snowboarding. That place raised me. Alpine Valley has 306 feet vertical, and you can get in about 300 runs a day. 

Best restaurant?
Highland House; best breadsticks and Greek salads on the planet.

Must-see attraction?
Red Wings game.

Best place to stay?
In the woods or on the dunes—camping—on a lake. 

Need to Know

Getting there: Highland is 50 minutes from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.