Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding
In the Traverse City area, images swirl with the wind… kids with grins illuminating their faces… a hot cup of chocolate… stolen moments by a dancing fire. Grab some serious air… a quick flip of the board, and you’re in the ozone… and there, you wonder… maybe the trip back home can wait one more day.
2000 Randolph Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Located on the west side of town, Hickory Hills is a community run, hometown ski area that offers limited downhill facilities with rope tows only. Slopes are beginner to intermediate. Owned by the City of Traverse City.
Mt. Holiday Ski & Recreation Area
3100 Holiday Rd.
Traverse City, MI 49686
Join us for all the family fun! Skiing and snowboarding on 16 runs, beginner to advanced. Also snow tubing with express return lift. Lessons for everyone from beginner to advanced levels, individuals and groups. PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors Association) certified. Season passes are available — call for prices.
Crystal Mountain Resort
12500 Crystal Mountain Dr.
Located approximately 25 miles south of Traverse City, Crystal Mountain Resort is a family ski area that offers beginner to advanced slopes.
One Shanty Creek Road
Bellaire, MI 49615
Located about one hour north of Traverse City, Shanty Creek offers downhill skiing for all skill levels – beginner to advanced.
The sounds of silence . . . the flick of a deer’s ear . . . the blink of a hare’s eye . . . it all seems to open up as you glide wordlessly by . . . funny how a world so quiet can have such an intense visual volume. The rhythmic pumping of arms and legs, the short bursts of breath, the gentle "whoosh" of each glide – this is cross-country skiing. And for many, this is what winter in Traverse City is all about. For skiing with all the extras, tackle the trails at any of the area’s full-service ski resorts. Here you’ll find groomed and lighted trails, clinics, lessons and equipment rental. For those who opt to fly solo, there are a host of trails that offer scenic solitude.
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd.
Acme, MI 49610
When the snow flies, the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa transforms some of the rolling landscape of its golf courses and its woods into a system of cross-country trails. For both traditional skiing and skating on over five miles (two are expertly groomed) trails. Some terrain is hilly, and the groomed portions range in degree of difficulty from beginner to intermediate. Lessons are offered. Snacks are available. Grand Traverse Resort is located on US 31 North just north of the M 72 intersection.
Timber Ridge Campground and Nordic Center (formerly Jellystone Park)
4050 Hammond Road East
Traverse City, MI 49686
Timber Ridge’s property borders over 60,000 acres of state land and is attached to the popular scenic pathway, known as the VASA trail. This trail system covers over 50 kilometers and runs through both hilly and wooded areas. Trails are both beginner and advanced — lessons available. 2K of trails lighted for night skiing.
Beginner to advanced trails on the west side of Traverse City. Three miles of groomed trails. Owned and operated by the City of Traverse City.
Leelanau State Park
Approximately six miles of trails, ranging from beginner to advanced. Located at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, take County Road 629 north out of Northport to Densmore Road, then left to the designated parking area.
A 15 mile trail that runs from Traverse City to Suttons Bay, mostly flat with a few easy grades. Groomed. In the summer, it functions as a bike trail. Three trail head parking areas: off Cherry Bend Road and off Fouch Road in Traverse City, and off Fourth Street in Suttons Bay
Lost Lake Ski Trail (Lake Dubonnet)
Three loops offer a total of 6.5 miles of trails winding through the Lost Lake Natural Area. Trails are located 1 mile north of US 31 on Gonder Road just west of Interlochen Corners.
Muncie Lakes Pathway
This pathway has 10 miles of beginner-to-advanced trails located in the Boardman River Valley. Accessible from Ranch Rudolf or plowed parking areas off Brownbridge Road east of Ranch Rudolf. Trails are approximately 14 miles southeast of Traverse City.
Old Mission Lighthouse Township Park
A small trail system located within the Township Park at the tip of Old Mission Peninsula. Follow M 37 (Center Road) to its end.
Sand Lakes Quiet Area
This is the place year ’round for people who like to confront nature on nature’s terms. In winter this means on snowshoes traversing ungroomed trails. The trails have numerous loops within a non-motorized section of the Pere Marquette State Forest. Several small lakes dot the property. Short loops and longer distances constitute trails for all ability levels. The trailhead is located on Broomhead Road, four miles south of M 72 East between Acme and Kalkaska.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Many trails are located within the 70,000 acre federally owned park. Maps are available at the Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitor Center in Empire. Park fee is $10 for seven days or $20 for a year paid at the Visitor Center. Trails within the park are:
More than eight miles of trails dividing into easy, intermediate and advanced loops. Scenic overlooks offering views of Lake Michigan and Glen Lake. Enter trail off Pierce Stocking Road just off Day Forest Road near M 109 in Glen Arbor.
Bay View Trail
About eight miles of easy-to-advanced skiing. Trailhead on north end of Thoreson Road, 3.5 miles north of Glen Arbor.
A 1.5-mile round trip advanced trail with two spectacular overlooks. Trailhead off Wilco Road, Near M 22 south of Empire.
Good Harbor Bay
A 2.8 mile beginner loop near the shores of Lake Michigan. Trailhead is 10 miles northeast of Glen Arbor on Lake Michigan off County Road 669.
Old Indian Trail
A 2.5 mile trail divided into an easy and an intermediate loop. Trailhead is on M 22 just north of Sutter Road.
A 14.7 mile trail with several loops in varying degrees of difficulty providing access to several backcountry lakes. Enter at the end of Esch Road before Lake Michigan or south of Trails End Road along M 22.
Scenic Drive Trail
About eight miles of easy to advanced skiing. Trailhead is just inside the entrance to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.
A 1.5 mile advanced loop north of Empire on Welch Road off M 109.
Avid cross-country skiers flock to this trail just outside of Traverse City in the Pere Marquette State Forest. Groomed course for skating and striding. 3K, 5K, 11K and 25K loops provide great scenery and plenty of challenge. The main trailhead is located in Acme Township Park on Bartlett Road, off Bunker Hill Road in Acme. A large parking lot, indoor restrooms and trail maps are available there.