Cross Country Skiing In Michigan

Michigan is known for their brisk winters and challenging Cross Country Ski runs. If you're up to it, Michigan will provide an experience you won't soon forget!

PINEY LAKE SKI TRAIL

Baragaland Ski Club

(906)524-6514

Located just northeast of L'Anse, Michigan, this 5k adventure provides the novice skier with a few challenging loops. All trails are marked and groomed and pass through the red pine woods of Baraga County. Most skill level skiers will do fine here.

MUNISING SKI TRAILS

Munising, Michigan

(906)387-2607

There are 11-miles of well marked and maintained trails in Munising. All paths are tracked and groomed and should be easily passable by even the newest beginner. More advanced skiers will enjoy some of the longer, interlinking footpaths. This is one of the quieter runs in Michigan. If you're looking for a personal challenge and some quiet time, write this one down!

THE ACTIVE BACKWOODS RETREAT

E 5299 West Pioneer Road

Ironwood, Michigan 49938

(906)932-3502

For a five dollar bill, you can ski this backcountry retreat area to your heart's content. There are 400 acres of privately owned trails, a warming cabin and even lessons, if you so desire. Advanced skiers will enjoy the varied terrain and deep snow pockets. Beginners have plenty of runs to choose from, as well. This is a nice, safe spot for families of various skill levels, though traffic is unbelievably high.



GE-CHE TRAIL

Iron River, Michigan

(906)265-5139

Located in the Ottawa National Forest, this 4-3/4 mile run is marked for the intermediate skier. Trails aren't always packed and groomed, so you'll work for your experience here. The scenery is amazing, though!

CROSS COUNTRY SKI HEADQUARTERS

9435 North Cut Road

Roscommon, Michigan 48653

(517)821-6661

Skiers of all skill levels will be able to jump into the action at Michigan's Cross Country Ski Headquarters. Eight groomed trails run some 12.5 miles and cater to all skill levels. A snack bar, equipment rentals, a day lounge and Ski School are available to all visitors. This spot is perfect for the skier who doesn't mind a bit of pampering in between runs.

COPPER HARBOR PATHWAY

(800)338-7982

Managed by the DNR and Parks Division of Michigan, Copper Harbor Pathway is actually a series of marked and groomed trails. There are over 10-miles of land to travel for the well-conditioned skier. This trek isn't well traveled, so you can get some real work done here. Trail maps are available at the Keweenaw Tourism Council or by calling the above listed toll-free number.

LAKEVIEW HILLS

PO Box 365

Lewiston, Michigan 49756

(517)786-2000

Lakeview Hills trails are located near Lakeview Hills Resort. All trails are public. Equipment rental and lessons are provided, if need be. There are some 7-miles of hilly terrain that make up Lakeview Hills. All courses are marked by degree of difficulty. Experts won't want to miss trying their luck on the old toboggan run. This straight shoot downhill will leave even the most skilled skiers breathless.

PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS WILDERNESS STATE PARK

412 South Boundary Road

Ontonagon, Michigan 49953

(906)885-5275

Just west of Silver City, Michigan, this easy-to-get-to spot is just off the shores of Lake Superior. Porcupine's trails are one of the midwest's oldest trail systems. Trails are double-wide, groomed and well traveled. Most skill levels will do well here. Watch for high weekend use!

SHANTY CREEK NORDIC TRAILS

(800)678-4111

You can glide and push over 30k of terrain at Shanty Creek. Paths make their way through evergreen forests, around creeks and through an orchard. Part of the Northern Michigan race trail, quick learners and conditioned athletes will love the challenge.

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