Known for its great downhill and cross country skiing and snowmobiling during winter, Michigan's Traverse City is also one of the country’s top summer destinations. National Geographic lists it as one of the Top 10 Summer Trips; Family Fun writes it’s one of “America’s top 10 tourist towns;” and Women’s Day calls it the “Top Small Beach Town in the USA.
The Midwest is known as America’s Summer Golf Capitol for good reason. The upper Midwest offers plenty of sunshine, pleasant temperatures and little humidity, perfect for golf, and many of the ski and golf resorts are ranked among the top destinations in the country. Here are some of the best.
The 2014/15 season got off to a great start when one of the snowiest Novembers on record roared into the Midwest, but from there on it was a bit of a roller coaster ride.
When the chairlifts no longer turn and bare ground shows up on the trails, it’s time for winter resorts to shift into summertime mode – specifically, golf.
It’s not often that you get to ski and golf on the same day, but Boyne Mountain has the Hemlock Open slated for Saturday, April 18. This is the third year in a row that they have held the competition. The last few years the event was held the first Saturday in May.
As the old saying goes, “It ain’t over until the large lady sings,” applies to the Michigan ski season. A handful of resorts, both peninsulas, plan on staying open through April 12 and some on weekends into May if the snow lasts.
Michigan’s Crystal Mountain Resort has announced a $9 million expansion project that will add new ski runs, lift, lodging, retail and other amenities to the resort located in the Wolverine State’s northern Lower Peninsula.
Spring's longer, warmer days bring out the fun side of northern Michigan’s Boyne Country. Boyne Mountain and Highlands and Nubs Nob, all grouped around Petoskey, mean fun events and sliding into early April.
The old adage has held true this winter,: The more things change, the more they stay the same. So it is with the snow forecasts for this week across SnoCountry, as a persistent jet stream and high pressure ridge keeps any precipitation to the far north.
As the cross country ski season winds down, most XC ski areas close because of lack of skiers rather than lack of snow on the trails. The sun comes out, the temperature rises, and the XC skiers quit. Why? Are we infected with winter fatigue? Is the lure of spring time recreation too strong to ignore?
March, with longer, warmer days, is often one of the best months to head to Michigan’s UP for some skiing and riding. More good reasons: Indianhead Mountain is hosting its annual spring music festival and Ski Brule plans a beach party.
The first new ski area in the Midwest in quite a few years is slated to open in Michigan’s UP next season. Mount Bohemia plans to open Voodoo Mountain for cat skiing, which will make it the first commercial cat skiing area east of the Rockies.
Starting this weekend into early March, several ski areas across the Midwest are hosting fun- filled spring carnivals, pond skimming, and classic cardboard downhills. Here are some of the best:
While mountaintop and sleigh ride dining have long been popular activities at western ski resorts, three northern Michigan resorts are now embracing the tradition with their own signature style. Offering interesting cuisine and breathtaking views along the way, Ski Brule, Boyne Highlands and Treetops tender a truly unique experience.
You’ve got a whole summer of warm weather around the corner, but just a precious few weeks left of winter skiing and riding, so why not head for the hills this college spring break and work on that goggle tan? SnoCountry.com has gathered up the country’s best spring break destinations for you and your buds, where there’s no danger of getting sand in your margarita.
It may be the best lesson program that I’ve seen come along in all my years of covering snowsports. Boyne Mountain has come up with a first class lesson--Introduce A Friend To Skiing promotion that includes a pair of boots, rentals for the rest of this season and a Frequent Skier Card.
Many ski resorts across North America have realized the importance of offering spa services to their guests. It’s the epitome of “me” time for women, men, couples and, increasingly, kids. The reasons: time off from skiing or boarding, a way to work off sore muscles or “just 'cause it's there.”
Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this winter. It’s the perfect time for a romantic getaway with some skiing, riding and romance. Here are some of the best choices around the Great Lakes. These packages are also available through the rest of the month and into March.
Locally sourced ingredients and stunning views make for some of SnoCountry.com’s best mountain top dining destinations. Many offer unique modes of transportation to the restaurant, including sleigh or snowcat rides, making getting there part of the experience, and intimate gatherings that create the opportunity for guests to mingle with other diners and compare notes after a day on the slopes.
UPDATE (Jan. 27, 2015) Six University of Michigan fraternities and sororities have now been suspended by their national offices after causing thousands of dollars worth of damage at two ski resorts, according to university officials.