Top 10 Destinations and Activities for Michigan Winters.
Michigan winters showcase a wonderland full of fun and activities for the entire family. Whether you’re a snowboarder or a snow bunny, I’m sure there’s an activity to suit your Winterland fancy.
Skiing – Michigan’s Lake effect snow makes for some serious powder on the slopes. Fun fact, Michigan is second in the nation in the number of ski areas. Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, Crystal Mountain and Cannonsburg Ski Areas are some of the favorite resorts for downhill skiers.
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing – I’ll leave the downhill to my son, “Mr. Snowboarder”, and enjoy an afternoon of Cross-Country or hit the Snowshoe trail. In the Upper Peninsula, the snow starts early in the season and hangs on into Spring; making Traverse City perfect for checking out the highly rated Vasa Pathway or the Noquemanon Trail Network near Marquette. It has a first-rate reputation for extensive cross-country and snowshoeing trails.
Fat Tire Biking – Okay, is it just me? (probably) or who’s hip to “Fat Tiring”? Apparently, heading out with your favorite wheels aren’t reserved just for summertime; cascading layers of snow can’t stop the avid Fat Tire fan or the wheels of this bike. Suit up and head to the Noquemanon Trail Network when in Marquette or Traverse. Try it out on the Winter Sports Singletrack and If you don’t have your own, most ski resorts offer rentals.
Frozen Waterfalls – Michigan’s wonderland includes not only the fluffy stuff but the crystallized majesty of oversized icicles taking on the form of frozen Waterfalls. Try your hand at Ice Climbing at Pictured Rocks National Lake shore if you’re experienced or for first-timers, check-out their free clinics.
Ice Golfing – This might be my husband’s speed. If you just can’t get enough of the links during the regular season, head to St. Ignace for their annual Ice Golf Scramble. Participants putt brightly-colored balls on the frozen Lake Huron surface in daylight hours, but the glow-in-the-dark version after sunset sounds like a bit more fun.
Ice Skating, Sledding, Snow Tubing – Now we’re talking my language. I confess “borrowing” a dinner tray from the dining hall at the University of Michigan to use as an impromptu sled for a little fun and excitement dodging the trees in the Arboretum; awww, those were the days:) In Detroit, Campus Martius is transformed into a skating rink to glide along or if you’re feeling it, a daring triple axel move? The Double JJ Resort offers all these activities for a little wintertime fun!
Ice Luge – For those looking for a heart-pounding, thrill-riding adventure this is the sport for you! The Ice Luge is flat with two steel runners on which you recline on your back and steer with your legs and shoulders. If you’re in the mood to hurtle feet-first down an 850-foot track, reaching speeds up to 30 mph, then this ride’s for you.
Snowmobiling – I love it! Motorcycle racing on ice. With over 6,500 groomed, interconnected trails, Michigan offers snowmobilers miles of picturesque terrain to explore.
Mackinac Island Vacation – One of my summertime favorites, Mackinac is also a perfect location for a memorable winter vacation. Enjoy cross-country skiing on the grounds of the historic Fort Mackinac or a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride.
Resort Getaway – After an energizing day on the slopes, there’s nothing like coming back to a cozy spot by the fire. One such getaway is the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel; garnering recognition in 1913 with one of the world’s largest gold-leaf ceilings, it remains one of Michigan’s most romantic getaways.
Whether the slopes are calling or maybe a quiet romantic getaway, Michigan’s Winter Wonderland offers fun and recreation for all.