Ski & resort winter festivals in Northern Michigan bring the party back outside. Gather your family and friends, bundle up tight and get out to Petoskey, Traverse City, Harbor Springs, and more for these snowy sensations!
Boyne USA’s Brew-Ski Festival
The fifth installment of this suds and snow event is set for March 8, 2014 at Boyne Highlands Resort and features 100+ craft brews, brats and entertainment under a tent pitched at the base of the slopes. Michigan breweries represented include Bell’s Brewery, Short’s Brewing Co., Arcadia Ales and Founders Brewing Co., among others, as well as a selection of specialty beers from outside the state. The event itself is free, with tickets available for beer purchases. One week later is the resort’s Carnival Weekend featuring costume contests, patio cookouts, live music, and a slush cup. 800.GO.BOYNE, boyne.com.
Nub’s Nob Mardi Gras
The resort’s annual spring fling, held March 22, 2014, boasts challenge races like the Soaker Cup, costume contest, “crazy couples,” face painting, the Fat Tire Boogie, Dorie Sarns Open races and live entertainment featuring the Petoskey Steel Drum Band on the deck. Organizers encourage participants of all ages. nubsnob.com.
Crystal Mountain Shindigs
This iconic Benzie County ski resort is celebrating the opening of its new Buck Quad chairlift—and three new runs—with a party at the mountain Dec. 20. Food, drink specials on the Kinlochen Plaza and music are all part of the event. Later in the season, on March 15, check out Crystal’s annual Spring Fling weekend, which features music, the Cardboard Classic, on-slope kayak race, and slush cup. 800.968.4676, crystalmountain.com.
Winter Festival in Petoskey
Downtown Petoskey holds its annual Winter Festival—a collection of fun and wacky events, designed to celebrate the winter months—Feb. 20–22, 2014. Past events included the popular Petoskey’s Got Talent show, Whine and Dine progressive dinner, Chocoholic Frolic, Chase the Blues 5K Fun Run/Walk and Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. 231.622.8501, petoskeydowntown.com.
Suds and Snow, Timber Ridge
Organizers of this annual event bring together two popular wintertime diversions: snowshoeing and Michigan craft beer. Slated for March 1, 2014, Suds and Snow takes place at Traverse City’s Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort—home to some of the region’s best trails, including a 5K link to the Vasa Pathway. Follow up your snowshoe romp in the woods with food and drink in the heated tents and around bonfires. The event also features live music, and snowshoes are available to rent. timberridgeresort.net, 231.947.2770.