Birchwood Farms is a large country club and resort community located 3.6 miles north of Harbor Springs off of M-119. Spread across the 1,600-acre development are 27 holes of golf, heated pools, tennis courts, hundreds of homes and during the winter 8.5 kilometers of ski trails groomed for classic skiing.
This is golf course skiing but the rolling nature of the terrain and the woods that surrounds much of the complex makes the skiing much more interesting than is normally associated with fairway trails. Plus the trails are well groomed by The Outfitter (www.outfitterharborsprings.com), an excellent outdoor shop in Harbor Springs that also rents out Nordic skis and snowshoes.
Birchwood Farms features three loops for cross country skiing as well as a trail designated for snowshoers. The trails are picked up from backside of the clubhouse where on the north side of Middle Road is the Blue Trail, a 3.7-km loop that is rated Intermediate. On the south side of Middle Road is the Gold Trail, a 3.2-km loop rated Easiest while departing from the Gold Trail is the Green Trail. The Green Trail is 1.6-km loop, rated Advanced and by far the most interesting ski at Birchwood Farms.
Keep in mind there is no warming shelter at Birchwood Farms for skiers nor drinking water. The trails are open to the public and there are no fees but skiers need to refrain from crossing residential lots to access the various loops.
|Difficulty - Easy
|Difficulty - Moderate
|Groomed Classic Skiing