Winter is for Adventure: Four Ways to Enjoy Michigan Outdoors this Season

It’s beginning to look a lot like … springtime?

With no snow on the ground, this winter isn’t exactly shaping up to be an outdoor enthusiast’s ideal season, but, we do live in Michigan. We’re pretty much guaranteed to have at least some measurable snow and sustained freezing temperatures at some point between now and February. When it comes, make the most of it with these ultra-fun ways to enjoy the cold.

Ride the luge. The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex boasts one of only four luge tracks in the United States. If you’re a thrill-seeker, this has to be on your bucket list! After your ride, you can enjoy ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoe trails, and a sledding area for families at this winter-lovers’ paradise. Read about my luge experience here, or watch the video below.

Climb the ice. You know all those Upper Peninsula waterfalls that make for such beautiful sightseeing in the summer? When they freeze, you can climb them! Intro to ice climbing classes are offered during the Michigan Ice Fest, which will take place Feb. 12-16, 2020, in Munising.

Zipline over the snow. Experience the euphoria of ziplining with the added beauty of a canvas of fresh snow on the ground below. Many of your favorite zipline course operators offer winter adventure as well, including Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, and Mt. Holiday.

Sail on the ice. For some, frozen inland lakes mean it’s time to break out the boat. If you’re interested in ice boating, there are many ice yacht clubs in Michigan that can help you get started.

What are your favorite ways to get outside when the snow flies? Let us know in the comments. 

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Photo credit: Sterling College

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