Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, Nearby Skiing, Make For Unusual Getaway
Ever wanted to try a luge run, which always looks pretty exciting in the Olympics?
You are in luck if you live in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana or the Chicago area. Michigan’s Muskegon Winter Sports Complex offers one of only four luge tracts that exist in America. It’s open to the public winter weekends, Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $45 per person, per session, which entitles you to as many runs as you can handle.
You get a 30-40 pound sled, which you have to carry back to the top of the slide. You also get a helmet, forearm pads and a 15 minute training period with a coach at the beginning of your session. You also have to show proof of health insurance. Luge tickets must be purchased in advance through their online reservation system. Weekends sometime sell out. Don't delay.
The 850-foot track, shorter overall than the Olympic version, has been used for training by Olympians, and medalist Mark Grimmette got his start here. Public participants slide from the three-quarter mark on the track, but still reach speeds up to 30 mph on the way down.
They say the track is designed for public participants and those who haven’t slid before.
The Sports Complex also offers skating, sledding—plain old sleds down a hill—and the longest lit, groomed cross country trail in the Midwest. The 16 kilometer trail gently winds through woods, along dunes and Lake Michigan, and Lost Lake Bog. They offer rental equipment and lessons if you desire.
A complete list of nearby lodging options is available on the Muskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau website.
If you want to make it a snowsports weekend, add a day on the slopes at one of three nearby southeast Michigan ski areas on the way home. Cannonsburg is about an hour east of Muskegon, and both Timber Ridge and Bittersweet are about an hour-and-half south.
It’s not your typical winter weekend getaway, and it combines three different snowsports activities.
Photos: Top -- Muskegon has one of only four U.S.luge tracks (Muskegon WSC/Facebook); Left -- Timber Ridge ski area is 1.5 hours south of Muskegon (Timber Ridge/Facebook); Below -- Make an usual weekend combining luge fun with skiing and riding (MWSC/Facebook)