Get out and enjoy the seasonal fun with the entire family. Plan a day of tobogganing, skiing, snow tubing, ice skating or ice fishing for a thrilling Pure Michigan winter experience. Get out and enjoy the seasonal fun with the entire family.
Visit downtown Detroit’s Campus Martius Park for ice skating now through mid-March. It’s a great place to be in the center of city by day or with the lights of downtown sparkling in the night.
Three Huron Clinton Metroparks offer toboggan runs, just be sure to call ahead for snow conditions. The parks are: Kensington (Milford); Stony Creek (Shelby Township) and Willow (Belleville). The parks also offer cross country skiing.
Anyone can enjoy a thrilling ride on a toboggan. Climb aboard for a 60 mph run on a quarter mile track in Kalamazoo at Echo Valley. You won’t have to lug your toboggan up the hill anymore – the staff returns toboggans using an overhead lift. Bring your ice skates and glide on a 43,000 square foot ice rink, or go snow tubing on a 500 foot hill.
The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex located in the Muskegon State Park offers more than an acre of outdoor hockey and ice skating rinks, and a 700 foot ice skating trail, all open daily from 10 am to 10 pm. The rinks are open when temperatures are below 32 degrees. More sledding is available at The Blockhouse Hill and the Sugar Bowl, just south of the complex. No snowboards or metal runner sleds are permitted. The complex also offers snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
Pando Winter Sports Park in Rockford, about 15 minutes outside of Grand Rapids, offers great snow tubing thrills on six separate runs. Height requirements apply here with a 42-inch minimum, however the 42-inch and under set can ride the new Half Pint Hill. Pando also offers snowboarding, downhill and cross country skiing.
Another tubing opportunity near Grand Rapids is at Cannonsburg Ski Area. Snow tubing is open every day with no age or height restrictions. Enjoy four runs and a tow that takes tubers back up the hill. Downhill skiing and snowboarding is also available.
Mt. Holiday Ski and Recreation Area in Traverse City invites winter sport enthusiasts to tube, snowboard or ski. The tube run is open every hour on the hour. New this year is the Mighty Mights club for ages 4-12 ready to learn to ski or snowboard.
You can tube all day at either Boyne Mountain (Boyne Falls) or Boyne Highlands (Harbor Springs). Boyne Mountain has three lanes for a 700 foot ride with a rope-tow for easy loading. At Boyne Highlands it’s an 800 foot hill with two runs and a rope-tow as well. Each resort also offers ice skating for figure skating or hockey (rentals are free; children’s rentals are limited). Dog sledding is available on a limited calendar until early March. The resorts also offer snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding and zipline adventures. New this year at Boyne Highlands is winter horseback riding for riders age seven and up.
Ski Brule in Iron River is traditionally the first winter resort to open in Michigan and the last to close. Visit this Upper Peninsula treasure to enjoy tubing, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and snow boarding. The Whitewater Snow Tubing area is open on Mondays from 5-7 pm and Friday – Sunday from 1-3 pm.
Winter anglers have plenty of choices for ice fishing in Michigan. From the southern Lower Peninsula to the Upper Peninsula hearty souls take to the ice. Ice fishers do need a state permit and equipment can be as little as a drill, reel, bait and bucket or a portable ice shanty. Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie and the Detroit River are favorites for southeastern Michigan residents. Saginaw Bay and its tributaries rank big this winter for Walleye. The Upper Peninsula offers several preferred ice fishing locations including Drummond Island, Big and South Manistique Lakes, Munising Bay, Little Bay de Noc, Goose Lake, Lake Gogebic, Keweenaw Bay/Huron Bay and Portage Lake.