Chills, thrills and (yes) spills! When temps dip and snow falls, Michigan transforms into a winter playground. From snowboarding to dog sledding and from skiing to ice climbing--our cold-weather activities will entice you to get out and enjoy the white stuff. It won’t take long to see why the Great Lakes State loves winter.
Snowmobile adventures abound on more than 6,000 miles of groomed trails winding town to town and through secluded pine forests. Guide your sled through the Upper Peninsula’s snowy expanse, spanning almost 300 miles between lakes Huron, Superior and Michigan. Or blast along the popular network of trails radiating from Cadillac, the lower Peninsula’ sledding capital and host to the annual North American Snowmobile Festival, the largest event of its kind in the state.
For a day-trip on the slopes or a weekend with the family, Michigan’s 35-plus downhill ski areas and resorts deliver. Mount Bohemia on the UP’s Keweenaw Peninsula challenges expert skiers with 83 runs and a 900-foot vertical drop, while Gaylord’s Treetops Resort offers 23 family-friendly runs.
More than 3,000 miles of ski terrain crisscross the state’s most scenic regions. The Kal-Haven Trail State Park in southwest Michigan weaves through wooded areas and snowy farmland. Forty kilometers of groomed pathways at Crystal Mountain near Traverse City feature prime conditions for gliding through the country-side. Nonskiers at the resort can enjoy a snowshoe trails in the neighboring Michigan Legacy Art Park.
Snowmobilers get radical in terrian parks across Michigan. Many resorts offer multiple parks with four terrain parks and half-pipes, skier/boarder cross courses, and more at Boyne and Boyne Highlands.
Check out all of the Pure Michigan winter playbook activities at michigan.org.