Winter Activities & Sports

This is where you’ll find tranquility and adventure. In addition to the groomed trails, there are millions of acres of meadows, forested backcountry and frozen lakes to cross-country ski, snowshoe, ice fish, fat tire bike and ice skate. Have the guts to do something extreme? We have sheer ice walls to climb or lakes to ice sail, kiteboard, and ice surf.

Explore The Best Trails in America

Snowmobile riders repeatedly vote the U.P. as the best place in America to run their sleds. With an average annual snowfall of 200 inches, 3,000 miles of groomed trails and unforgettable shoreline and forest scenery, it’s hard to surpass. When the snow melts, those trails are perfect for ORVing and ATVing.

Head for The Hills

The U.P. has some of the longest runs, highest verticals and deepest powder in the Midwest. Whatever your downhill or boarding level, you’ll find the hill, the instructions and winter exhilaration you want. With a dozen ski resorts, kids-ski-free deals, alpine races and a season that stretches from late November to mid-April, there’s no excuse for staying indoors.

Wrap yourself in a blanket of snow – enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing UP north

Looking for a place to stretch out and spend some time with loved ones? You’re invited UP north where winter is an occasion! We celebrate the snow with hundreds of miles of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, suited for all levels and abilities. With 250 inches of annual snowfall, our woods transform into silent, glittering, ice-encrusted cathedrals. Many state parks offer the magical experience of lantern-lit cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. Enjoy the warm glow of the woods on the groomed loop and end your evening relaxing with refreshments next to a roaring bonfire. Bring the entire family!

Ice Fishing: naturally peaceful

Some folks may shake their heads when you say you are going to spend hours sitting on a frozen lake in the U.P.  But they haven’t felt the tug of the line, the heart-pounding focus it demands to reel in a scrappy, 10-lb. walleye, guiding it through a hole in the ice. Nor have they experienced the soothing quiet. Something so hard to find back home.

Enjoy this winter sport anywhere in the U.P., typically from December to March, and sometimes as late as April and May. You can fish on any of 4,300 frozen inland lakes plus the ice-covered bays of Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior.

Dog Sledding

What could be better than gliding through snowy trails of scenic hardwoods capped with powder? Add a team of playful sled dogs to UP the fun factor! This experience goes well beyond a ride in a sled. Mushing is a celebration of true U.P. spirit and offers an exhilarating taste of the local flavor. Throughout the region, you will find experienced Iditarod-tested mushers who will teach you everything you need to know about the sport. Dog sledding has broad appeal for visitors of all ages and abilities. These Alaskan Huskies are friendly, gentle and love socializing with people. Those with limited ability to participate in more physically demanding sports will enjoy a ride with these enthusiastic pups. Children 10 years of age and older can lead their own sled team!

Discover the U.P.