Winter

  • A Pure Michigan Winter


    A Pure Michigan Winter

    Pure Michigan winter means plenty of snow and a variety of adventures for everyone to enjoy. Ice climbing, dog sledding, tubing, ice sailing, skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing and so much more.

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  • The forecast is in…a chance of snow. It’s a chance to conquer new hills and explore new trails. A chance to bundle up, get outside and laugh with the ones we love. Welcome to the winter wonderland of Pure Michigan.

    Michigan is home to 6,500 miles of snowmobile trails, 3,000 miles of cross country skiing trails, beautiful terrain for snowshoeing and much more. We are the birthplace of organized skiing and snowboarding and Michigan ranks second in the nation for number of skiing areas found across the state.

    Michigan winter vacations offers something for everyone - outdoor enthusiasts, families, adventure seekers and everyone in between. From sledding and tubing,ice fishingdog sledding and snowshoeing to hunting, indoor water parks or a day warming at the spa, experience the diversity, beauty and adventure Michigan has to offer. Because every day is a snow day in Pure Michigan.

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    Snow Conditions

    Brace Yourself for Fun

    •  Snow Tubing Shanty Creek Resort 
      Snow Tubing, Sledding & Tobagganing
      Fly down a hill on a twisting, turning inflated tube. Feel the snow beneath you as you wiz past fellow sledders. Hang on tight to the toboggan’s ropes. The “thrill of the hill” awaits you as you snow tube, sled or toboggan in Michigan.

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    Save on your Experience

    • Ladies Skiing Shanty Creek. Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Aaron Peterson
      Deals & Packages
      Find the perfect package, deal or discount to save money on the slopes and enhance your Pure Michigan winter experience.

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    Hit the Slopes

    • Downhill Skiing Mt. Bohemia. Photo courtesy of Joey Wallis
      Downhill Skiing
      Skiing in Michigan offers excitement at any level of skill. Ranked second in the nation for number of ski areas, the silvery slopes of Michigan have been named the Midwest's Top Ski destination by SKI magazine. So let's head up the lift and get a little closer to the bright blue sky of Pure Michigan.

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    Glide Across Michigan

    • Cross Country Skiing at Sand Lakes Quiet Area, Williamsburg. Photo courtesy of Traverse City Tourism
      Cross Country Ski Trails
      For a quieter journey, cross country skiers can glide along over 3,000 miles of trails through Michigan's state parks and forests. Ski beside lakes, across meadows and enjoy the many rest stops along the way.

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    Adrenalin Rush

    • Snowboarding a Shanty Creek. Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Todd Zawistowski
      Snowboarding
      Snowboarding is one of the hottest winter sports on the snow scene today. Not just for kids, snowboarding offers everyone a chance to become “one with the board.”  From steep runs and 30-foot cliff drops to beginner parks with small jumps and rails, you’ll experience an adrenalin rush like no other.

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    Blaze a Snow Trail

    • Snowmobiling. Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Aaron Peterson
      Snowmobile Trails
      Put on your helmet and rev it up. With Michigan's vast 6,500 mile network of groomed trails, wind from town to town through remote pine forests and frosty meadows.

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    Drive a Dog Team

    • Crystal Mountain Dog Sledding. Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Kevin Miyazaki
      Dog Sledding
      Leave it to man's best friend to deliver a winter adventure you will always remember. So bundle up, channel your inner wilderness explorer and get ready to holler "mush" as your adventure begins.

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    Enjoy the Quiet

    •  Snowshoeing at Sleeping Bear Dunes 
      Snowshoeing
      Set out for new adventures. Take the trail less traveled. Snowshoeing is an ancient mode of exploration that stirs the senses and the soul. Hear the crunch of packed snow under your snowshoes as it pierces the winter silence. Michigan snowshoeing will quench your winter wanderlust.

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    Bag a Buck or a Grouse or a Duck

    • Winter Hunting
      Hunting
      Whether we're camouflaged in tree stands or following our dogs' leads, thousands of acres of prime Michigan hunting will put your skills to the test. From big game to small, Michigan's winter is prime for the thrill of the hunt.

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    Auger Down

    •  Ice Fishing in Benzie. Photo courtesy of Casey Richey 
      Fishing
      Ice fishing in Michigan is a time-honored sport, providing a traditional winter experience. Ice fishing can be a solitary sport or a chance to win bragging rights among family and friends. So rest on your pail or sit in a shanty and experience Pure Michigan ice fishing.

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    Climb the Frozen Waterfalls, Cliffs and Rock Slabs

    •  Ice Climbing, Marquette. Photo courtesy of Bill Thompson 
      Ice Climbing
      Ice climbing is gaining enthusiasts as it combines winter’s natural beauty, challenge and adventure. Swing an axe into the ice and climb nature’s ladder. Whether ascending a low incline or attacking behemoth vertical ice, test your mettle as you ice climb the frozen wonders of Michigan.

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