Winter Activities in Metro Detroit that Make the Most of the Season

By: Scott Davis | December 30, 2020

There is ‘snow’ place like Michigan. We’re about to enter the heart of the winter season where our commutes might be getting a little more difficult, but there is still plenty of fun to be had. Winter activities are a great way to get the fresh air you need while also combating those winter blues with some excitement. Here’s a guide to sledding, skiing, snowboarding and other winter fun in Metro Detroit.

(Please keep in mind that many of these locations have specific precautions in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, including the requirement to wear a mask, maintain social distancing, closure of indoor dining and more. See individual websites for details.)

Sledding

One of those winter activities the whole family can enjoy, sledding invokes childhood memories for many Metro Detroiters. Between the cold crisp air rushing against you, the fun of trying to stay on the sled or the races between you and your friends, not much can beat sledding in the wintertime.

There are plenty of great places to sled in Metro Detroit, and while you and your family probably have a favorite spot, we encourage you to check out hills such as Booth Park Sled Hill in Birmingham, Shiawassee Park in Farmington, Civic Center Park in Madison Heights and Beverly Hills Village Park which also hosts a “Winter Family Fun Day” during the winter as weather permits.

Skiing

While it doesn’t have the universal appeal of sledding, skiing is still one of the most popular winter sports in Michigan. In fact, according to michigan.org, Michigan ranks second in the nation for number of skiing areas found in the state. Whether you want to leisurely glide through the woods or speed down hills, Michigan has the spots for you.

Some local skiing spots in Metro Detroit include Alpine Valley in White Lake, Bittersweet Ski Resort in Ostego, Kensington Metropark in Milford and Mt. Brighton Ski Resort in Brighton.

Snowboarding

Similar to skiing, snowboarding in Michigan offers an exciting ride down fast hills. There’s a general notion that skiing is easier to learn but harder to master, while snowboarding is harder to learn but easier to master. There are plenty of great hills throughout Michigan that give you the chance to master your snowboarding skills with different terrains and speeds.

Many of the same hills you can ski on you can also board on, but here are a few more suggestions: Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls, Hanson Hills in Grayling, Mt. Holly in Holly and Metro Detroit favorite Pine Knob Resort in Clarkston.

Ice Skating

If you’re looking for a winter activity that’s a little more intimate, ice skating is a great way to spend time with someone on a date. Of course, ice skating is also great for families looking to get out of the house and even solo skaters like to hit the ice and improve their form.

The most popular ice skating rink in Detroit is at Campus Martius. Every year, thousands of people head to Campus Martius from November through March to spend time on the ice with family, partners and friends.

In downtown Farmington, there is Riley Park Ice Rink, which is holding a Harry Potter themed night of skating, complete with a Horcrux scavenger hunt, costume contest, butterbeer and more.

Other local ice rinks include Barnum Ice Rink in Birmingham and Buhr Outdoor Ice Arena in Ann Arbor.

What is one of your favorite winter activities? Did we leave off one of your favorite spots? Let us know on our Facebook page!