Tweetable Facts About Pure Michigan Winters

Winter in Michigan is full of activities and fun. With that in mind, here are 10 quick facts about winter in Michigan that you can share with your friends on Twitter. Simply click on any fact and it will automatically populate on your Twitter status bar. And while we’re talking Twitter, remember to follow Pure Michigan on Twitter as well.

For more information about some of these winter activities, check out these articles on michigan.org:

Fun fact: @PureMichigan is home to 43 downhill ski areas – more than any other Midwest state http://bit.ly/xoNZRr
No matter where you are in @PureMichigan, you are only a two-hour drive from a downhill ski area http://bit.ly/xoNZRr
Fun fact: There are more than 6,200 mi. of maintained, interconnected snowmobile trails in @PureMichigan http://bit.ly/xoNZRr
Like snowmobiling? The Upper Peninsula offers 3,000 miles of groomed trails @PureMichigan http://bit.ly/xoNZRr
The International 500 in Sault Ste. Marie in @PureMichigan is the oldest and fastest snowmobile race in North America http://bit.ly/xoNZRr
Fun fact: @PureMichigan has more than 2,000 miles of dog sledding trails http://bit.ly/xoNZRr
Did you know some areas of the Upper Peninsula can get more than 25 ft. of snow a year? @PureMichigan http://bit.ly/xoNZRr
Peabody Ice Climbing in Fenton in @PureMichigan has ice climbing towers that range from 45 – 75 ft. tall http://bit.ly/xoNZRr
Fun Winter fact: Otsego Ski Club in @PureMichigan serves as an Olympic snowboarding training facility http://bit.ly/xoNZRr
Did you know @PureMichigan has more than 100 miles of snowshoeing trails? http://bit.ly/xoNZRr

Hit the Slopes for Downhill Skiing in Pure Michigan

With winter just beginning it’s time to think about tackling the winter wonderland. Since Michigan has more ski areas than any other state, what better way to enjoy this winter than by gliding down one of Michigan’s 40+ downhill skiing resorts? Here are just some of the resorts that you will find as you explore the Pure Michigan snowscape.

Shanty Creek has earned the respect of downhill skiers, snowboarders and a “Best Downhill Terrain In The Midwest” award. Don’t miss your chance for Michigan skiing with Shanty Creek!

Located in the Upper Peninsula, Mount Bohemia has the longest runs with the highest vertical and deepest powder in the Midwest. This hidden secret is a true treasure for skiers.

Caberfae Peaks in Cadillac boasts Michigan’s highest lift-served peaks and some of the state’s biggest downhill skiing slopes.  Skiers and will enjoy the best advanced, intermediate and novice skiing in Michigan.

Crystal Mountain in the city of Thompsonville provides the best in northern Michigan skiing and snowboarding. Crystal Mountain is known for offering some of the best excitement a northern Michigan skiing resort can provide.

Swiss Valley entices folks with 11 downhill skiing runs, a 225 vertical foot peak (highest in Southwest Michigan) and seven lifts, including two quads and one triple.

Discover a place that’s luxurious yet relaxed, nearby yet far away at the Homestead Resort .  Homestead features snowsports without crowds and magical moments for families, sparkling fires, candlelit dinners as well as romantic interludes for couples.

Boasting more than two dozen runs, Mt.Brighton is the largest ski resort in Southeastern Michigan. After hitting the slopes warm up at the Hot Wax Café or grab a bite at Bauery Bar and Grill.

If you’re just starting out or have been anxious to learn how to ski or snowboard there’s a great program being offered by more than 20 resorts across the state throughout January designed to help beginners. Check out the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association site to learn more. We should also mention that 4th graders ski for free! Fourth graders can obtain a “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport that gives them up to three free lift tickets or trail passes at 20 participating ski areas. Click here for details.

For your reference, here is a list of the northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula slopes that are open now for skiing:

Northern Michigan:

Upper Peninsula:

Cross-Country Skiing in Pure Michigan

Photo courtesy of Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association

Michigan may not be known for mountainous terrain, but it does offer some of the best cross-country skiing in the country – great for both fun and exercise.  More than 3,000 miles of trails stretch across the state, Mackinac Island included.  Come winter, the entire east side of the island is reserved solely for cross country fun, with ski rental and instruction available.

For those unwilling to brave the icy Straits, there’s plenty of prime skiing available on the northern Michigan mainland – from the Sand Dunes Ski Trail in St. Ignace, to the Peek-A-Boo Hill Ski Trail in Cedarville.  For a more adventurous trek, the 35 mile Petoskey to Mackinaw Trail stretches 35 miles through eight cities.

There’s plenty of fun to be had downstate as well:

Bald Mountain Recreation Area in Lake Orion is known for its eight miles of groomed cross country skiing trails, and is also a great destination for snowmobiling, sledding and ice fishing.

Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary in Bellevue was the first sanctuary of the Michigan Audubon Society.  Well-known as a refuge for Greater Sandhill Cranes, cross country skiing is welcomed along its trails in-season.

Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids is a 143 acre facility, giving visitors the opportunity to explore a variety of nature areas along its cross country trails.  It’s also possible to warm up indoors with special exhibits and Blandford’s popular wildlife care program.

For more information on cross country skiing in the Mackinac Island region, or throughout the state, visit www.michigan.org.