You dont even need skis or a snowboard to enjoy the slopes at Silver Mountain Ski Area/Tubing Hill. The popular Upper Peninsula winter fun spot includes three downhill runs for the beginner and intermediate skier and snowboarders. Snow tubing with rope tow and tube rentals. After a run down the slopes, youll enjoy the warming chalet and snack bar. Families looking for great outdoor winter fun can also gear up for a speedy downhill thrill at Shanty Creeks Schuss Mountain, with its five-lane tubing park.
Featuring the best extreme downhill skiing in the Midwest, Mount Bohemia, on the snowy northern tip of the Upper Peninsulas Keweenaw Peninsula, finally offers its loyal customers a place to stay mere steps from the trails. The downhill area just southwest of Copper Harbor added eight trailside ski-in/ski-out cabins. You also can test yourself on glade runs. In all, two lifts serve 41 runs, all of them expert except for two intermediate slopes.
River Rafting in Winter
For an appealing chilly-weather outing, sign up for a rafting adventure on the Jordan River in the northwestern Lower Peninsula (50 miles northeast of Traverse City). Jordan Valley Outfitters offers guided winter raft trips that include a choice of a snowshoe hike or a full dinner along the banks of the river. The evening ends with another starlit float on the river. Outing lengths range from 1 1/2 to 4 hours.