Embrace winter in Western Michigan

Recently, I shared my summer and fall adventures on the shores of Western Michigan. Many of these same destinations offer wonderful winter adventures. There is no arguing that this has been an extraordinary winter in the Midwest already. So why not embrace winter in Western Michigan.

Let’s Go Learn Things about winter in Western Michigan….

Family Winter Getaways and Luxury Resorts

Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Michigan instantly became my favorite spot in Western Michigan.  Here is the irony of that, I was visiting in August and Crystal Mountain is a ski resort. Imagine how fun it is during the winter! Why not embrace the snowy cold conditions and head to Crystal Mountain for some of their February events.

NASTAR Midwest Championships February 9-10, 2019

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Slalom ski racing at the NASTAR Midwest Championships Photo credit to Crystal Mountain

Paintball Biathlon February 17, 2019

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I think Paintball Biathlon sounds like a blast!

Mardi Gras on the Mountain March 1 & 2, 2019

Treetops Resort

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Treetops Ski Resort in Gaylord, MI

Another great choice is Treetops Resort in Gaylord, MI. In addition to skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing they have sleigh rides and “Skiable Feasts”. Some of their special events include:

Michigan Beer and Wine Festival
USASA Great Lakes Series
(In case you are like me and not sure of that anagram; United States of America Snowboard and Freestyle Ski Association.)

Lighthouses along the Lake Michigan coast

Who says winter isn’t beautiful. Truly hardy souls go lighthouse hunting in January. This is an incredible shot of the Muskegon lighthouse by Jerry James.

If you are not feeling quite that adventurous, now’s the time to sign up for a chance to stay and help run a lighthouse during the summer! Some have apartments (Point Betsie Lighthouse, Frankfort) or old USCG Crew’s Quarters (Whitefish Point Lighthouse, Paradise) available, while others offer “Volunteer Keeper Programs,” where you’ll take on some of the responsibilities for keeping the light operational. You’ll find volunteer keeper programs offered at Grand Traverse Lighthouse (Northport), White River Light Station (Whitehall), Mission Point Lighthouse (Traverse City), Little Sable Point Lighthouse (Mears), Ludington North Breakwater Light (Ludington), and Big Sable Point Lighthouse (Ludington).

Get out and enjoy winter in Michigan’s National and State Parks

Michigan State Parks are celebrating 100 years this year! They’re celebrating with many special events, podcasts, historical stories, videos, geocaching and more.
Kicking off the year of centennial celebrations are some fun winter activities. How about lantern-lit snowshoeing in Tahquamenon Falls? Kicking off in May, the Michigan State Parks Geocaching Tour will offer 100 new geocache sites.

Here is a complete detailed list of Centennial Events:  https://michigan.gov/stateparks100

Enjoy Michigan’s Winter Outdoor Adventures

Finally, for some real winter thrills, check out the Muskegon Sports Complex. I think I am ready to take on the Luge…

Warming up

Luckily, Western Michigan has plenty of wineries, craft breweries and craft distilleries to warm you up after all these winter adventures. A couple of my favorites are Right Brain Brewing in Traverse City and Iron Fish Distillery in Thompsonville.

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