Endless Winter Fun
Chills, thrills and spills! When temps dip and snow falls, Michigan transforms into a winter playground. All season long, 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. Find the perfect winter resort that caters to your favorite winter activity.
Voodoo Mountain, 20 People in a Snowcat
Each Wednesday and Saturday, 20 skiers in search of trackless powder climb aboard a snowcat (an enclosed cab with tracks) for the ride to the summit of Voodoo Mountain (10 miles southwest of Copper Harbor). They choose a route through 200 acres of snowy fields and tree runs, opened this winter by the owners of Mount Bohemia. Seven hundred vertical feet below, the cat awaits to take them back to the top of this first-in-the-Midwest destination.
Boyne Resorts, 115 runs (for one lift ticket)
Two mountains mean twice the fun. The 60 runs at Boyne Mountain (in Boyne Falls) and 55 at its sister property, Boyne Highlands (in Harbor Springs, 27 miles north), make skiing getaways a no-repeat proposition for the cost of one lift ticket. Together, the resorts add up to miles of fun: 11 terrain parks, 70K of groomed cross-country skiing trails, more than 11.5K of dedicated snowshoeing trails, 13K of fat biking trails, a tubing park, zipline routes and trails for horseback rides. However, each resort has its own allure, too. Boyne Mountain’s Avalanche Bay is the state’s largest indoor waterpark. After the boisterous fun, adults seeking relaxation slip away to Solace Spa overlooking the slopes. At Boyne Highlands, 3 to 6 year olds learn to ride a snowboard at Burton Riglet Park. Regardless of age, inexperienced skiers appreciate the beginner area (16 acres) with free chairlift access.
Shanty Creek, 5 terrain parks
Whether catching air or riding the rails, snowboarders of all levels find their groove on the two mountains at this Bellaire resort. Schuss Mountain’s Monster Energy park lives up to the monster in its name with three side-by-side terrain parks: Boulevard, The Natty and Purple Daze. For newcomers, Low Rider inspires confidence. Move over to Summit Mountain for a six-lane tubing park and 11 more ski runs with panoramic views of Lake Bellaire. New this season—show your season pass from any Michigan ski area for a free one-day test ride on the slopes. Off-slopes, enjoy sleigh rides and 30K of Nordic skiing. Condos, homes and hotels accommodate families.
Mount Bohemia, 900-foot vertical drops
One hundred and three hardcore runs traverse six ski areas catering to advanced skiers and snowboarders only. Besides having the most runs in the state, this Keweenaw Peninsula mountain stacks up impressive stats: It has the state’s highest vertical drop and the longest run—Ghost Trail traces the flank of the mountain for almost 2 miles.
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, 30 mph speeds
Hurtling through the curves and down the straightaways of a luge track at speeds up
to 30 mph ends the same for everyone: teeth-gritting, yell-inducing, eye-watering thrills. Novices start at 650 feet, a few hundred feet shy of experts (Olympic hopefuls train here, one of only three such tracks in the country). Weekend classes cover steering and safety. Guests graduate to flying down the hill then hopping up to do it all over again.
Crystal Mountain, 18 miles of groomed trails
On the northern fringe of the Manistee National Forest, this full-service ski resort caters to all winter-lovers, but cross-country skiers most appreciate the hush of the wintertime forest. The terrain runs the gamut of basically flat to steep challenges. Ten trails total 18 miles, including intermediate 1-mile Loon’s Lane that loops through pine forests. Other energizing endeavors include fat biking and snowshoeing. Snowshoers love Legacy Art Park for its 48 sculptures lining a woodland path with steep climbs. New territory, The Backyard, has eight downhill runs, bringing the Thompsonville resort’s total to 58. A new triple chair deposits guests at ski-out condos. Off the slopes, five restaurants and a spa continue the indulgences.
More Spots For Snow Fun:
Blackjack Ski Resort, Bessemer
Glades and steep chutes greet skiers looking for powder conditions—almost ensured by 200-plus inches of snow annually. Riders perform tricks on three terrain parks. Dine on the hill before turning in at sister property Indianhead Mountain; a complimentary shuttle transports guests on weekends.
Caberfae Peaks Ski Resort, Cadillac
The state’s first ski resort takes pride in being the only backcountry ski area on the Lower Peninsula. Choose from 34 runs; the easiest ones end at Mackenzie Lodge, where snow-capped pines surround the outdoor pool and hot tub. After days on cross-country skis or snowshoes, three on-site restaurants help guests recover.
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Traverse City
They call Aerie the crown jewel of the resort’s dining options with reason. The 16th-floor fine-dining spot looks out on Grand Traverse Bay and the resort’s cross-country ski trails and skating rink. Kids defrost at an indoor water playground, adults at the resort’s spa or Turtle Creek Casino (free shuttle).
The Homestead, Glen Arbor
The snowboarding and beginner-friendly ski area pairs winter fun with views of Lake Michigan. Snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails venture into Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. At the end of the day, overnight in an 85-year-old inn or rent a condo or home.
Thunder Bay Resort, Hillman
As dusk settles over the snow-blanketed pine forest, guests in a horse-drawn sleigh watch for elk. The ride ends at the log cabin Elk Lodge for a five-course gourmet dinner and wine pairing. By day, snowshoe or cross-country ski through the wilderness. By night, cozy up in suites, villas and chalets.
Treetops Resort and Spa, Gaylord
Almost two dozen ski runs, three terrain parks and a tubing hill thrill guests. A 5K Skiable Feast combines snowshoeing or cross-country skiing with five culinary stops. Creature comforts extend from indoor and outdoor hot tubs to lodging in the hotel, condos and slopeside chalets.
So, grab your mittens and head outside because every day is a snow day in Pure Michigan.