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Moving to Michigan? Winter Activities to Keep you Busy

Winters in Michigan are known for being cold. With an average low temperature hovering at around 17 degrees Fahrenheit and the warmest days climbing to a scorching 34 degrees, face it:  you’re going to be cold.

You might opt to spend the winter indoors, but rather than become a couch potato there are a lot of things to do outdoors even though the temperature may be a bit on the chilly side.  

Bundle up in layers, pull on a scarf, and get ready to go outdoors, because here’s our top list of activities you can enjoy in Michigan this winter.

1. Experience Winterfest in Grand Haven, MI

Enjoy a weekend of fun at this interactive festival in Grand Haven, MI. Complete with snow volleyball, cardboard sled races, ski and snowboard competitions, and family dog pulls.

There are also indoor activities for participants to enjoy as well, such as a photo and art contest, a euchre tournament and ice-cream-eating competition. With lots of events for the young and old, this fest has something for the whole family.

2. Golf on the Ice

Golfers never fear – you can still improve your putt in the winter in St. Ignace, MI and take in a round of ice golfing at the annual Ice Golf Scramble. Trade in your white golf ball for a brightly-colored one and putt on the frozen Lake Huron.

While you’re visiting St. Ignace you can do more than just a bit of ice golfing – you can enjoy a cross-country skiing outing, try some snowshoeing, play some hockey, and hop on board a snowmobile.  For more information check out the St. Ignace website.

3. Go to a Snowmobile Race

You don’t need to wait for summer to see a great high-speed race. The Sault Ste. Marie Annual International 500 Snowmobile Race is part NASCAR, part winter insanity. The annual competition is held at the mile-long oval ice track and is the fastest and biggest snowmobiling event in the world.

4. View Ice Caves of Climb a Frozen Waterfall

At the Upper Peninsula’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore you can view and explore ice caves or ice formations or perhaps try your hand at ice-climbing.  Ice curtains between 20-50 feet high are breathtaking to see. Bring some ice cleats to avoid slipping as you walk and hike exploring the beauty.

5. Ride a Fat-Tire Bike on the Snow  

Simply because snow covers the ground in winter, it doesn’t mean you have to retire your bike for the season. Fat tire biking, or snow biking, is picking up in popularity in the Great Lakes State—and it’s an ideal winter activity to get your blood pumping. Indulge in Michigan’s winter beauty and landscape, all while getting a great workout.

Ann Arbor’s Waterloo Recreation Area is one of many Michigan places that offers fat-tire biking for the cyclist who wants to stay fit while waiting for warmer weather.  

6. Learn to Ski  

If you don’t ski already, don’t worry:  Michigan has ample opportunities for you to learn both Nordic (cross-country) and Downhill skiing. With 49 ski areas, 269 lifts, 50 terrain parks, and nearly 1,000 runs – Michigan has you covered. From beginners to advanced there is a course for everyone.

At Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Highlands Resort, Crystal Mountain and Cannonsburg Ski Area – just to name a few – you can strap on a pair of skis and indulge your taste for adventure.  Find your perfect ski slope in Michigan and head out for some snowy fun

7. Check out Zehnder’s Snowfest

Located in Frankenmuth, MI this winter festival boasts the state’s largest ice sculpting competition, an impressive tap room, fireworks, and bingo for the less adventurous. With petting zoos and children’s activities, the Snowfest has something for the whole family.

Heading to Michigan?

Bundle up. It may be below freezing, but fun awaits you in Michigan this winter!

If you are making a move to Michigan, Corrigan Moving Systems can help. Contact us today.

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