The number one winter attraction up here is what you can do in the Great Outdoors. Once the snow begins to fall across this glacier-carved landscape, it becomes a sparkling white playground for outdoor winter sports -- especially downhill and cross country skiing and snowboarding.
If you’re a downhill skier, you already know that Northern Michigan doesn’t have the long powdered runs of Colorado or Utah -- but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some challenging slopes in this part of the country. Take a drive over to Shanty Creek Resort, this region’s premiere full-service winter destination.
The resort offers 43 trails spread over two distinct ski areas, and the most challenging runs are located at its southeastern edge on Schuss Mountain. If you think Michigan skiing is ho-hum, try making a run down Kingdom Come, a black diamond trail with a 450-foot vertical drop that starts steep and keeps on getting steeper.
And if downhill skiing isn’t your thing, Shanty has a lot of other outlets for your winter urges, including three terrain parks, an alpine tubing area, and Nordic trails.