Four main and several smaller trails combine to form the 42 KM Nordic Trail System at the Porcupine Mountains State Park.
The cross country ski trails encircle the lift-served Alpine Ski Area with numerous scenic loops. Trails are track set with a power-tiller equipped groomer.
Warming huts are located along the Log Camp Loop and Union Spring Trails. Daily and season trail passes are available at the chalet and include a one-ride lift ticket to the summit.
Winter interpretive activities include guided snowshoe hike and lantern light skiing. Check at the chalet for scheduling.
Lantern Light Cross-Country Skiing: (Selected Saturdays During the Season) Old-fashioned kerosene lanterns illuminate the trail during this night ski. Lanterns are placed along the entire one-mile loop for a remarkable night skiing experience. Stop about halfway around the loop at the warming shelter where the park naturalist will have a blazing fire going. This trail has an “easy” difficulty rating; however, skiing at night is always a challenge.
This program may be canceled due to weather. To inquire about cancellations call (906) 885-5206.
All programs are free; however, all motor vehicles entering a Michigan state park or recreation area must display a valid Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the park entrance.
Porcupine Mountains Cross Country Ski Trail Map3>
Porcupine Mountains Yurts
Would you like a true winter wilderness experience? Try spending a winter night or two (or more) in the Porcupine Mountains in a yurt. Yurts are sturdy, tent-like structures, that originated in central Asia. The park’s three yurts will provide visitors with a snug, weather-tight shelter that is close to the park’s hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails.
Each of the 16-foot-diameter yurts are available year-round, will sleep four people and are equipped with bunk beds, mattresses, wood stove, axe, bow saw and cooking and eating utensils. Running water and electricity are not provided, but an outhouse is nearby and wood is provided for heat in the colder months.
The park’s yurts are accessed only by trail. The distance and degree of challenge required to reach them will vary with the season. The rental fee is $60 per night and there is an $8 reservation fee.
For reservations call 1-800-447-2757 or online at www.midnrreservations.com.
The Mackinac Island Ski club grooms trails on the east and north side of the Island in Mackinac Island State Park.
The cross country ski trails wind through the pristine woods of Mackinac Island State Park and allow the winter visitor to see all of the natural and historical landmarks of the island.
You can follow the ski trails to the interior of the island and take in the vistas from the highest point on the island at Fort Holmes. Or ski through the woods to Arch Rock and enjoy the view of Lake Huron from the bluffs on the eastern side of the island.
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Looking for some of the best in northern Michigan cross-country skiing trails? Look no further than Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa. From gentle treks through the trees to the rolling terrain of our black diamond cross-country skiing trails, Crystal Mountain’s 40+km cross-country skiing trail network provides terrain for all ability levels, from novice to expert. We even have 4K lighted for night skiing.
Meticulously-groomed for both skating and traditional cross-country skiing, these picturesque northern Michigan cross-country skiing trails were rated #1 in Michigan by Michigan Living magazine readers. Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa… your northern Michigan cross-country skiing vacation starts here.
With more than 35 beautifully-groomed kilometers of cross country delight weaving through the woods and wilds of Boyne Mountain, you’ll find plenty of room for exploration. Pack up the kids or rally your friends to sample everything we have to offer – from gentle trails through pine forests to technical terrain designed to test even the most dedicated Nordic skiers. Whatever your preference or your ability level, our trails are ready for your tracks.
Check our current conditions below to get the latest feedback on our trails. But rest assured. At Boyne Mountain, we go all out to maintain our cross country trails to make your northern Michigan Nordic experience the best it can be.
Ages 9 & up: $16 (before 4pm), $9 (after 4pm)
Ages 8 & under: Free
BOYNE Trail Passes allow unlimited access to our cross country and snowshoeing trails and provide one lift ride to our upper trails.
BOYNE daily lift tickets allow unlimited access to our cross country and snowshoeing trails.
Introduction to Cross Country: $50 per person
Thinking about taking up cross-country skiing? Start off on the right foot with our expert Nordic instruction staff – and learn to love this incredible sport from the very beginning. Our Introduction to Cross Country packages include:
30 minute group lesson
An all day trail pass to practice your newly acquired skills
Available at 11am each weekday and 11am or 2pm on Saturday and Sunday
Total Cross Country Experience
Warm up to the winter’s most exhilarating workout with a 2-hour guided tour on Boyne Mountain’s exceptional cross country trails. Join one of our Nordic instructors for our Total Cross Country Experience, which includes:
A chairlift ride and skiing on our upper trails with outstanding vistas
Must be intermediate level or higher in ability
$75 for the first skier, plus $10 for each additional skier
Beginner Classic or Skate style
Available for Classic, Skate, or Telemark
Each additional person – $15
Skis, boots & poles: $20 daily
Performance Skate package: $25 daily
Ages 8 & under: $15 daily
Call the Boyne Mountain Cross Country Center at 231.549.6088 for additional details and instruction offerings.
Cross Country Skiing and Telemark Lessons
Make your adventure into the peace and quite of Northern Michigan even more enjoyable. When you improve your technique you’ll have more fun! Our expert and passionate Cross Country instructors will improve your technique and make every kilometer of trail more enjoyable. Our Cross Country Centers offer a variety of instructional clinics, private and group lessons and guided tours for cross country skiers of all ability levels.