Spring is right around the corner (it’s coming, we promise), but that doesn’t mean you have to hide inside until then. Metro Detroit has plenty of ways for you to stay active and experience the fun of winter. Whether you’ve wanted to try snowshoeing, or are a skiing fiend, there truly is something for everyone. So grab some warm clothes and check out these fun winter sports.
All year round, MetroParks offers families plenty of opportunities to experience the fun of outdoor activities. That doesn’t stop in the winter as they offer a staggering amount of winter activities to enjoy. Cross-country skiing, ice skating, sledding, and even mountain biking are available at most parks. Be sure to see which parks offer which activities and where you can get rentals.
Whether you’ve been skiing all your life or want to try it for the first time, Pine Knob Ski Resort is a blast for any level of skier. With a 300 foot vertical, 17 runs, three terrain parks, and two snowmakers, skiing, or even snowboarding, is possible anytime during the winter. You can visit their website to see current conditions of slopes and how many lifts are open.
Located in White Hall, Alpine Mountain is the perfect place to get some snowboarding in before the spring season starts. The mountain offers different landscapes and hills for experienced snowboarders to try out. From jumps to rails of all shapes and sizes, Alpine Mountain gives snowboarders the opportunity to try out new tricks and hone their skills. Rentals and lessons are available for those looking to start their snowboarding experience.
You might think of Lincoln Hills Golf Club as a place to enjoy during the spring and summer months, and while you are certainly right, you can also enjoy the golf club during the winter. The course is open during the winter months for not only sledding down their hills, but cross country skiing. Experience the beauty of the course while also enjoying the fun of cross-country skiing. Be sure to check their websites for more information.
If you want to experience the beauty of winter nature and hear the crunch of snow under your feet, snowshoe walks are what you’re looking for. The activity is fun to do with a group of friends or family as you’ll get out and explore Michigan’s winter wonderland. The Department of Natural Resources offers official snowshoeing guided walks throughout the month, and you can see when and where they take place here.