Winter Trails Adventures for 2015

Winter Trail facilities of the Great Lakes Region are gearing up to embrace the magical months of a Northern Michigan winter. Winter sport and activity enthusiasts of all levels and ages are invited to dive into new adventures on the scenic, rustic, and elegant trails of Northern Michigan.

New snowshoeing adventure trails are available at Boyne Highlands Resort- Harbor Springs, MI. There will be SIX new enchanted snowshoe expeditions offered this winter; each followed by a gourmet dinner. Event dates will be announced on boynehighlands.com. Offering another unique way to venture along the picturesque, snow-covered trails; Dog Sledding will be available at Boyne this winter.

During this one-of-a-kind experience, you’ll enjoy charming, snow-covered trail network behind a team of eager sled dogs – including Ididarod veterans and their relatives. Tours are hosted by knowledgeable guides who share the inside details about their dogs, their racing history and local knowledge about Boyne Highlands and its surroundings. Each ride typically accommodates two adults, or one adult and two children under the age of eight.

Can’t get enough snowshoeing adventure? Crystal Mountain offers up more trails exclusive to snowshoeing. Michigan Legacy Art Park will dedicate most of its trails to snowshoeing this winter. Over a mile of trail offers the chance to view and contemplate 47 outdoor sculptures but blazing a path through the deep snow that collects on these rolling hills is what provides a true snowshoe experience.

Forbush Corner presents an exceptional experience to cross country skiing enthusiasts. Designed for all levels of ability, the trails of Forbush Corner flourish in miles of rolling, wooded, scenic views for all to enjoy.

At Hanson Hills in Grayling, both snowshoeing and cross country skiing are two activities heavily scheduled throughout their winter calendar. Pure Michigan Winter Trails Day – January 10, 2015- is entering its 19th year at Hanson Hills this upcoming winter. This event offers children and adults who are NEW to snowshoeing and cross country skiing, the chance to try both activities for FREE. Discover how fun winter fitness can be, and relish in the social aspects that accompany these easy-to-learn winter sports.

The winter fun continues at Treetops Resort in Gaylord with its Skiable Feast. Back by popular demand, the Skiable Feast fills each weekend with foodie fun hosted trailside SIX times throughout the season. The culinary excursion will take cross-country and snowshoe enthusiasts; both novice and experienced through the rolling landscape and pine forests surrounding the resort. Each skier will enjoy both skiing or snowshoeing, and culinary fare at their own pace on immaculately groomed trails.

Gaylord Michigan is a desirable destination come winter. With over 180 inches of snowfall, heavily wooded rolling terrain, Gaylord offers some of the most enjoyable and challenging cross country skiing in Michigan. All levels are invited to experience the Gaylord facilities that range from rustic and scenic to elegant and expertly groomed.

Along with these featured Northern Michigan winter fun events, the fastest growing and most popular off-slope activity returns. Fat Bike aka Snow Bike Trails are available this winter season at Treetops Resort, Crystal Mountain, and Timber Ridge. Timber Ridge will feature a new 10 mile Fat Bike Winter Trail featuring Einstein Cycles Fat Bikes. Einstein has a Fat Bike series of Races in the lineup beginning as early as Dec. 21, 2014 at Timber Ridge in Traverse City.

Ski Walk Industry Partner, Nordic Ski Walking, introduces a new activity- high in health benefits- to the trails. Nordic Ski Walking Poles used with snowshoes, hiking boots or even with cross training shoes on pavement offer up a healthy stretch, balance and toning benefits, and the ability to burn nearly 30% more calories.

The White Pine Stampede, Michigan’s premier Nordic event, returns this season. Originally a 50 kilometer, point to point, race from Frederic to Mancelona, Michgan, the race is now contested 50 kilometers or 20 kilometers from Mancelona to Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire. There is also a 10 kilometer timed, but noncompetitive event available for those who wish to take a more leisurely trip.