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Brrr, It's Cold Out There! Time to Go Skiing

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There's nothing finer during a Michigan Winter than a well-groomed ski trail.

We're waxing our skis, digging out the snowshoes, getting ready for winter. There is nothing like a well-groomed ski trail or the unbroken snow of a snowshoe route into the woods that tips you off you're going to be the only one out there. Here are some of our recommendations for trails to consider this winter, outings that will get you out of the house and into that beautiful, frozen world that is winter in Michigan:

On the west side of the state we love Ludington State Park. On the south side of Sable River are 10 miles of groomed ski trails, on the north side are loops galore for the snowshoer. Everybody is revived afterwards at the park's warming shelter. To the south is Saugatuck State Park also featuring that lake effect snow while to the north in the Traverse City area are the well groomed Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail and the Leelanau Trail.

Sure, the big downhill resorts are in and around Harbor Springs but for Nordic lovers we recommend Petoskey State Park for frozen shoreline sculptures, Goodhart Farms Nordic Ski Trails for its groomed tracks and Wilderness State Park for a remote, get-away-from-it-all, backcountry experience. Near Gaylord you can enjoy an easy ski through a lumberjack camp at Hartwick Pines or one of the best wilderness skis at Shingle Mill Pathway in Pigeon River Country State Forest.

On the Sunrise side of the state it's hard to pass up Corsair Ski Area near Tawas City or Hoist Lakes Foot Travel Area in the Huron National Forest. When there is snow in Southeast there's the intriguing Edsel Ford history of Haven Hill Natural Area and  great scenery at Huron Meadows Metropark near Brighton.

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