While things often slow down in the winter, much of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula activity ramps up! Snow season means snowmobiling, skiing, ice climbing, sled dog racing, pond hockey and a ton of other niche activities. In addition, you can still visit some of our indoor experiences and enjoy the U.P.’s eclectic culture through professional performances, too. A trip to the U.P. this winter doesn’t just mean recreation and site seeing; it means you can people watch and also participate in the fun!
The most popular events this winter in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
Here is a roundup of some of our most popular events. Plan your next trip so you can be a part of the action at these winter events in Michigan’s U.P.
16th Annual Rapid River Relic Riders Ride, Snowmobile Show and Swap | Jan. 28-29 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | 10465 S. Main St., Rapid River | Costs vary by activity
Get a blast from the past at this annual vintage snowmobile event.
I-500 Snowmobile Race | Jan. 31-Feb. 5 | Times vary | Sault Convention & Visitors Bureau, 984 W. Fourth Ave., Sault Ste. Marie | Cost varies
Experience all the thrills of NASCAR on a one-mile oval ice track!
2022 FIS Continental Cup - Pine Mountain Ski Jump | Feb. 4-6 | N3332 Pine Mountain Road, Iron Mountain | Entry button: $30 for adults, $25 for students | Free for kids 10 & under
New records will be set as this will be the first time ski jumpers have gone off this newly built ski jump since its rebuilding in 2020. Watch them soar through the air!
Mackinac State Historic Parks - Twilight Turtle Trek 2022 | Feb. 5 & March 5 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Fort Mackinac Historic Park, 7165 Main St., Mackinac Island | FREE
A two-mile, lantern-lit ski and snowshoeing trek through some of Mackinac Island’s natural winter wonderland. Keep warm with the hot chocolate and bonfire, too.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park Guided Snowshoe Hike | Every Saturday from Feb. 5-26 | 2 p.m. | Tahquamenon Falls State Park, 41382 W. State Highway M-123, Paradise | Recreation Pass required for entry
Strap on your snowshoes and take a free guided hike through the forests of the Upper Falls. Learn about winter at the park and get some snowshoeing tips and tricks. A limited number of snowshoes are available to borrow (first come, first served).
100th Winter Carnival | Feb. 9-12 | Times vary | Michigan Technological University, Houghton | Cost varies by activity
Known for huge, intricate snow statues around campus and the community, the Winter Carnival also brings MTU students together to compete in broomball, comedy skits, human ice bowling, a royalty coronation and more.
Michigan Ice Fest | Feb. 9-13 | Times vary | Munising | Cost varies depending on registration date
Ice Climbing at its best. If you are a novice or an expert, this is one event you do not want to miss, and it’s the 30th anniversary!
Labatt Blue UP Pond Hockey Championship | Feb. 17-20 | Moran Bay, St. Ignace
Choose between watching some hockey games or putting together your team and registering to play.
UP200, Midnight Run & Jack Pine 30 | Feb. 17-21 | Times vary | Marquette
Watch one of three sled dog races this weekend!
Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend | Feb. 18-20
Spend the weekend ice fishing! No license is required for any age.
Meijer State of Michigan Winter Games | Feb. 25-27 | Times vary | Marquette Mountain, 4501 State Highway M553, Marquette | Entry fees vary by event
Athletes who want to compete and have lived in Michigan for at least 30 days before the event can register at the link above. Spectators are welcome!
Trenary Outhouse Classic | Feb. 26 | 2 p.m. - 12 a.m. | Trenary | Cost varies from $20-40 by age group
Contestants build outhouses out of wood or cardboard and mount the structures on a pair of skis. The object is to be the fastest two-person team to push an outhouse 500 feet down the street.
Plan your winter visit to the Upper Peninsula
Use the links above to plan your winter U.P. getaway! Then, book a stay in one of our lodgings. We can’t wait to introduce you to our unique winter events.