From the beginning in 1957 Dorie and Nub Sarns knew that this hill in the great Michigan outdoors was going to be some place special. They cleared the trees and installed a double chairlift, and opened for business. In 1964 the slope "Crazy Otto" opened named after the groomer Otto Washburn.
Midland City Forest offers wonderful cross country skiing on groomed trails for classic and skate skiing. Trails are designed for skiiers of all levels, from beginner to an advanced 11k loop. A .7 mile beginner trail is lighted from dusk until 8 p.m. every evening. Routes and distances can be obtained by clicking on the map to the right.
Cross Country Skiing in Battle Creek Area Parks
Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking are available in the City of Battle Creek’s park system and are great fun and fitness for winter.
For the best skiing, visit Leila Arboretum at 992 W. Michigan Ave. Battle Creek, MI 49017,
Enjoy a great Family Atmosphere at a very affordable price. Our Ski Area offers Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding, Tubing, Snow Shoe Trails, and over 35km of Groomed Nordic Ski Trails. Learn to Ski or Snowboard with our Professional Snow Sports School.
The Escanaba Cross Country Ski Trail, which is just under 7 miles of trails, can be accessed off of Comfort Suite’s parking lot or on North 30th Street. Skiers are welcome to utilize the pathway in Ludington Park which loops around the outer perimeter.
Tubing: Our tubing hill opens 1 hour after our slopes open and starts at the top of every hour. We do recommend reservations as some hours book up. We do not have an age or height limit, we do, however, require each child to ride independently in their own tube… meaning they cannot sit on anyone’s lap.
Hickory Hills features 8 runs with 1 beginner, 5 intermediate, and 2 advanced runs that are serviced by 5 rope tows. Night skiing is available on 7 of the runs. Cross country skiers will find 4k of trails with a 1k trail lighted for night skiing. The Ski Patrol assists by promoting safe skiing and offering first aid services.
Snowshoeing opportunities are abound in Ontonagon County with thousands of acres of snow covered back country wilderness to explore. Long a popular winter activity in the Upper Peninsula, visitors are finding snowshoeing an excellent way to enjoy winter's splendor in Ontonagon County.
Snow Snake Ski and Golf has been serving Michigan since 1949. The Brockway family has owned and operated Snow Snake since 1957. There are six lifts serving 10 runs, including numerous terrain features, and a snow tubing park on 43 acres. The ski season runs November through March, weather permitting.