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Northern Michigan Skiing

The Upper Peninsula has over a dozen downhill skiing areas with vertical drops over 900 feet and ski runs as long as 8,300 feet. Normally, the downhill skiing season lasts from Thanksgiving into April.

Masthead - Skiing


Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing (or XC skiing) is a form of ski touring in which participants propel themselves across snow-covered terrain using skis and poles. The activity is popular in many places with large snowfields.  Cross-country skiing is part of the Nordic skiing sport family, which includes ski jumping, Nordic combined (cross-country skiing and ski jumping), Biathlon (skiing and rifle marksmanship)[1] and ski-orienteering (which includes map navigation along snow trails and tracks). Cross-country skiing is the modern style of skiing that most resembles prehistoric skiing, particularly when done in the backcountry.

Alcona County - Cross-Country Ski Trails

Reid Lake Foot Travel Area [Hiking & Cross-country Skiing], Hwy M-72 & Kohler Road, Barton City, MI 48705, Phone: (989) 739-0728. A back-country recreation experience within a working forest environment. Once part of a northern Michigan farm, this 3,000 acre tract includes forested uplands, swamp hardwoods, beaver impoundments, marsh and open lake areas. Wildlife abounds including deer, turkey, beaver, birds and fish. Six miles of gently rolling trail will lead you around Reid Lake. Can be used for skiing in winter.

Alger County - Cross-Country Ski Trails


Alpena County - Cross-Country Ski Trails

Chippewa Hills Pathway [Bike, Hike & Ski Trails], Nicholson Road & Kissau Road, Ossineke, MI 49766, Phone: (989) 785-4251. 6.6 miles, groomed ski, hike, bike trail. Three loops totaling 22.5 kilometers (14 miles) are marked and groomed, for novice, intermediate and advanced cross-country skiers. Trail maps are available by contacting the CVB office. Located in the Mackinaw State Forest.

Arenac County - Cross-Country Ski Trails



Benzie County - Cross-Country Ski Trails

Champion Hill Golf Course & Cross Country Ski Trails, 501 N Marshall Road, PO Box 799, Beulah, MI 49617, Phone: (231) 882-9200

Charlevoix County - Cross-Country Ski Trails

Aspen Grove XC Center [Cross-Country Skiing], 5745 N. M66, (At Kidder Rd intersection), East Jordan, MI 49727, Phone: (231) 536-9850

Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area [Biking, Hiking, Ski Trails], 1129 Wilson Street, Corner of Lake & Ann Streets, Boyne City, MI 49712, Phone: (231) 582-6597. Avalanche is a 300 acre nature preserve where you may find berries, mushrooms and much more... Hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. Skating, sledding, jogging and snowmobiling. Disc golf. Ungroomed trails range in difficulty from flat terrain for novices to steep inclines for experienced skiers. 9 kilometers, 4 loops.

Boyne Mountain [Golf & Ski Resort], 1 Boyne Mountain Road, PO Box 19, Boyne Falls, MI 49713, Phone: (231) 549-6000

Mt. McSauba Recreation Area, [Ski Trails] corner of McSauba and Pleasant Street, North Pointe, Charlevoix, MI 49720, Phone: (231) 547-3267

Chippewa County - Cross-Country Ski Trails

Algonquin Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Sault Ste Marie Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 635-5281. Trail Length: 9.30 (Miles).  In Sault Ste Marie. Take I-75 to 3 Mile Rd, 20th St. W, & 16th Ave W

Pine Bowl Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Sault Ste Marie Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 635-5281. Trail Length: 7.70 (Miles).  Pine Bowl is 19 miles SW of Sault Ste Marie. Take I-75 to the Kinross/Tone Road exit; east on Tone Road, then South on Wilson Road

Delta County - Cross-Countyr Ski Trails

Days River Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Escanaba Forest Area Office. Phone Number: (906) 293-3293. Trail Length: 9.00 (Miles).  3 miles NW of Gladstone via US-2 & Days River Rd

Ninga Aki Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Shingleton Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 452-6227. Trail Length: 2.25 (Miles).  Trailhead located at Portage Bay SF Campground

Dickinson County - Cross-Country Ski Trails

Merriman East Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Crystal Falls Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 875-6622. Trail Length: 9.50 (Miles). 13 miles NE of Iron Mountain via M-95 & Merriman Rd.

Emmet County - Cross-Country Ski Trails

Nub’s Nob Ski Resort [Downhill & Cross-Country Ski Trails], 500 Nubs Nob Road, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, Phone: (231) 526-2131

Petoskey Winter Sports Park [Ice Skating, Hockey, Skiing], 1100 Winter Park Lane, Petoskey, MI 49770, Phone: (231) 347-2500

Grand Traverse County - Cross-Country Ski Trails

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa [Resorts, Restaurants, Spa, Golf Courses, Water Parks], 100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd., PO Box 404, Acme, MI 49610, Phone: (231) 534-6000

Vasa Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Traverse City Field Office. Phone Number: (231) 922-5280. Trail Length: 16.70 (Miles).  7 miles E of Traverse City via US-31, Bunker Hill Rd & Bartlett Rd

Iosco County - Cross-Country Ski Trails

Eagle Run Trails [Bike, Hike & Ski Trails], Eastgate for Eagle Run, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-0728. loop trail system for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing  with scenic views of the AuSable River. Quiet & remote setting.  Machine groomed regularly with skate ski and tract setting equipment.  Trailhead is at the Eastgate Information Center for the River Road  Scenic Byway.

Luce County - Cross-Country Ski Trails

Canada Lake Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Newberry Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 293-3293. Trail Length: 14.00 (Miles).  5.5 miles SE of Newberry via M-123, M-28 & Co Rd 403

Marquette County - Cross-Country Ski Trails

Kivela Road Trail [Cross-Country Ski Trails], Negaunee Township, Kivela Road, Negaunee, MI 49866

Negaunee Township Touring Trail [Cross-Country Ski Trails], 42 M-35, Negaunee, MI 49866, , Phone: (906) 475-7869

Menominee County - Cross-Country Ski Trails

Cedar River Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Escanaba Forest Area Office. Phone Number: (906) 293-3293. Trail Length: 8.00 (Miles).  8 miles N of Cedar River (town) via M-35 & Co Rd 551

Missaukee County - Cross-Country Ski Trails

Cadillac Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Cadillac Operations Service Center. Phone Number: (231) 775-9727. Trail Length: 11.30 (Miles).  5 miles NE of Cadillac via US-131 Boon Rd (34 Mile Rd), & Seeley Rd.

Missaukee Mountain [Downhill & Cross-County Skiing], 6500 W. Walker Road (M-66), Lake City, MI 49651, Phone: (231) 839-7575

Muskegon County Cross-County Ski Trails

Musketawa Trail [Multi-Use Trail], PO Box 5082, North Muskegon, MI 49445, Phone: (231) 744-8133. The Musketawa Trail is a 25 mile multi-use recreation trail between Marne and Muskegon, Michigan. It passes through farmlands and wetlands, over creeks, and through villages. The trail is a four season adventure for the outdoor enthusiast, living healthy and having fun. It provides a safe and natural environment for individual, family, and organizational use. This trail is enjoyed by bikers, snowmobilers, horseback riders, rollerbladers, cross country skiers, wheelchair travelers, hikers and nature lovers.  Map

Ogemaw County - Cross-County Ski Trails

Ogemaw Hills Pathway [Biking, Cross-County Skiing, Hiking], Roscommon Field Office, Phone Number: (989) 275-4622. Trail Length: 13.60 (Miles).  5 miles N of West Branch on Fairview Rd.

Rifle River-Multi-use Trail [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Rifle River Recreation, Lupton, MI 48635.  Phone Number: (989) 473-2258. Trail Length: 14.00 (Miles).

Rifle River-Pintail Pond [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Rifle River Recreation, Lupton, MI 48635. Phone Number: (989)473-2258. Trail Length: 0.75 (Miles)

Ontonagon County - Cross-County Ski Trails

Bergland Ski Trail [Ski Trail], Ottawa National Forest, Bergland Road, Bergland, MI 49910, Phone: (906) 932-1330.  Scenic hardwoods and hemlock provide the backdrop. Easy to moderately difficult 2.5 mile groomed cross-country ski trail. You may find yourself sharing the trail with white tailed deer along with other fur bearing mammals and wintering songbirds. Auxiliary trail loop of 3/4 of a mile in length adds hills and short slopes of medium difficulty for the skier. Parking lot on Bergland Road 1 mile north of Hwy 28 & 64.

Otsego County - Cross-Country Ski Trails

Beaver Creek Resort [Golf & Ski Resort], 5004 W Otsego Lake Dr, Gaylord, MI 49735, Phone: (989) 732-2459

Roscommon County - Cross-Country Ski Trails

Cross Country Ski Headquarters Cross Country Ski Area [Skiing Equipment, Sporting Goods] , 9435 North Cut Road, Roscommon, MI 48653, Phone: (989) 821-6661

Schoolcraft County - Cross-Country Ski Trails

Indian Lake Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Shingleton Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 452-6227. Trail Length: 8.50 (Miles).  9 miles NW of Thompson via M-149

Wexford County - Cross-Country Ski Trails


Downhill Ski Resorts

Big Powerhorn Mountain, N11375 Powderhorn Road, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 932-4838, Snow Conditions

Blackjack Ski Resort [Ski Resort], Blackjack Road, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 229-5115

Boyne Highlands Resort [Golf & Ski Resort], 600 Highland Drive, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, Phone: (231) 526-3000, Snow Conditions

Boyne Mountain [Golf & Ski Resort], 1 Boyne Mountain Road, PO Box 19, Boyne Falls, MI 49713, Phone: (231) 549-6000,Snow Conditions

Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort, Caberfae Road, Cadillac, MI 49601, Phone: (231) 862-3000, Snow Conditions

Challenge Mountain of Walloon Hills, Inc., 01158 M-75 South, Boyne City, MI 49712, Phone: (231) 535-2141. Our organization is dedicated to helping the physically impaired, mentally challenged and at risk youth achieve their maximum potential through outdoor therapeutic recreation. In winter, the surrounding slopes provide skiing as well as adaptive snow boarding.

Copper Peak Ski Flying [Ski Resort], 13870 Copper Peak Road, Ironwood, MI 49938, Phone: (906) 932-3500

Crystal Mountain [Golf & Ski Resort], 12500 Crystal Mountain Drive (M 115), Thompsonville, MI 49683, Phone: (231 ) 378-2000, Snow Conditions

Gladstone Sports Park [Downhill Skiing & Ice Skating], 900 North Bluff Drive, PO Box 32, Gladstone, MI 49837, Phone: (906) 428-9130

Hanson Hills Recreation Area [Cross-Country Skiing, Downhill Skiing, Ice Skating], 7601 Old Lake Road, PO Box 361, Grayling, MI 49738, Phone: (989) 348-9266

Hiawatha Slopes [Ski Resort], E5544 North Samuelson Road, Chatham, MI 49816, Phone: (906) 439-5324

Hickory Hills Ski Area [Cross-Country Skiing, Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding], 2000 Randolph, Traverse City, MI 49684, Phone: (231) 947-8566

Indianhead Mountain Resort & Conference Center, 500 Indianhead Road, Wakefield, MI 49968, Phone: (906) 229-5181,Snow Conditions

Ishpeming City - Al Quaal Ski Tow Area [Ski Resort], Poplar, Ishpeming, MI 49849, Phone: (906) 485-4352

Maple Lane Archery & Ski Center [Ski Resort], 124 Kreiger Drive, Skandia, MI 49885, (906) 942-7662

Marquette Mountain Ski Area [Ski Resort], 4501 State Highway M553, Marquette, MI 49855, Phone: (906) 225-1155, Snow Conditions

Missaukee Mountain [Downhill & Cross-County Skiing], 6500 W. Walker Road (M-66), Lake City, MI 49651, Phone: (231) 839-7575

Mount Bohemia [Cabin & Cottage Rentals, Restaurant, Canoe & Kayak Rentals, Biking, Hiking, Skiing], 6532 Lac Labelle Rd, Mohawk, MI 49950, Phone: (231) 420-5405

Mount Ripley, Highway M-26, Michigan Tech, Ripley, MI, Snow Conditions

Mountain Lion's Club & Ski Hill [Ski Resort], 698 Deport Street, Greenland, MI 49929, Phone: (906) 883-3208

Norway Mountain Inc [Ski Resort], 2090 North Brier Mountain Road, Norway, MI 49870, Phone: (906) 563-9700 , Snow Conditions

Nub’s Nob Ski Resort [Downhill & Cross-Country Ski Trails], 500 Nubs Nob Road, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, Phone: (231) 526-2131, Snow Conditions

Pine Mountain, Snow Conditions

Porcupine Mountain Outpost [Ski Resort], 36672 Carp Lake Tower Road, Ontonagon, MI 49953, Phone: (906) 885-5612

Shanty Creek Resort [Golf & Ski Resort], One Shanty Creek Road, Bellaire, MI 49615, Phone: (231) 533-, Snow Conditions

Ski Brule [Ski Resort], 397 Brule Mountain Road, Iron River, MI 49935, Phone: (906) 265-4957

Snow Snake Mountain, Snow Conditions

Treetops Resort [Gold & Ski Resort], 3962 Wilkinson Road, Gaylord, MI 49735, Phone: (989) 732-6711, Snow Conditions




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