Great Lakes Winter Trail Adventures Await in Northern Michigan
There are wintry adventures aplenty to be found in northern Michigan, according to the Great Lakes Winter Trails Council.
Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs offers six new showshoeing expeditions, each followed by a gourmet dinner. In addition, dog sledding is also available this winter.
At Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Thompsonville, Michigan Legacy Art Park is dedicating most of its trails to snowshoeing this winter. There are 47 outdoor sculptures along more than a mile of trail. There are several other new offerings this winter at Crystal Mountain, too.
Forbush Corner in Frederic offers miles of rolling wooded scenery for cross-country skiing.
At Hanson Hills Recreation Area near Grayling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are the prime activities, with its Pure Michigan Winter Trails Day on Jan 10, 2015. The event, in its 19th year, offers an opportunity to try both winter recreational endeavors free for children and adults.
The Gaylord area is a winter mecca for outdoor adventures, with its wooded, rolling terrain great for cross-country skiing and more than 15 feet of annual seasonal snowfall.
Fat-tire bicycling is available on trails at Treetops Resort, Crystal Mountain and Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort near Traverse City. Timber Ridge has a new 10-mile fat bike winter trail featuring bikes from Traverse City's Einstein Cycles, with races starting Dec. 21.
Nordic Ski Walking introduces ski walking using snowshoes, hiking boots or cross-training shoes.
Meanwhile, the White Pine Stampede returns again on Feb. 7, 2015. Established in 1977, the White Pine Stampede has a 50-kilometer (31.1-mile) race from Frederic to Mancelona and a 20-kilometer (12.4-mile) race from Mancelona to Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire. There is also a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) timed event.