Excited for Winter Sports? Try them Yourself!

Don’t just settle for watching the athletes compete in winter sports on TV. Michigan is full of opportunities to actually do a lot of the same sports as the athletes competing in PyeongChang. You probably already know where to go downhill skiing or play ice hockey, but here are a few of the other options available to you:

  • Ski jump at the Ishpeming Ski Club near Marquette. The main attraction is called Suicide Hill and all you need to try it is guts–the ski club provides coaching and equipment. See how it looks with this video!

  • Try Curling, the sport that involves sweeping ice to get a stone to stop sliding at the perfect spot, with one of the many clubs around the state. You can find them in Detroit, Lansing and Midland.
  • Luge is one of the most exciting winter sports and you can try it yourself at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex. The 850-foot track is one of only four luge courses in the U.S. and for $49 you get to use their equipment and get tips from coaches.
  • Don’t let an inability to perform a triple salchow jump stop you from going ice skating. Hit the rinks at Campus Martius in Detroit, Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids or the Marquette Commons.
  • Speed skating is a great way to burn calories on the ice. Learn how through one of the local clubs found around the state.
  • Want to take things a little slower? Strap on the skis and go cross-country skiing. There are groomed trails all over the state, from Crystal Mountain to Port Crescent State Park.

These are just some of the winter sports you can play in Michigan–what are your own favorite ways to be active in the cold? Let us know in the comments!

Photo credit: A Healthier Michigan

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