Get out and enjoy the snow-covered Northern Michigan outdoors during these winter sporting events from Traverse City to St. Ignace. Whether you’re competing or just enjoying the fresh air, there’s something for everyone at these Northern Michigan winter festivals.
This article was originally published in the December 2015 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.
White Pine Stampede, Mancelona to Bellaire, February 6
The Midwest’s premier Nordic ski event still includes its legendary 50K point-to-point cross-country ski race—just as it did when it began nearly four decades ago—but has since expanded to include a 20K race and a more leisurely 10K non-competitive trip. Start in Mancelona and finish up at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, where Short’s Brewing Co. will be serving up the official post-race cool down.
Women’s Winter Tour, Traverse City, February 7
Snap into your XC skis or strap into your snowshoes and enjoy fresh air, food and camaraderie at this feel-good annual event, which benefits the local nonprofit Active Women Now. This year’s tour will take place at Timber Ridge Resort; the theme is “1970s.”
Vasa Race, Traverse City, February 12 to 14
Winners of the annual competitive 50K point-to-point race along one of the state’s best cross-country ski trails, which winds through the spectacular Pere Marquette State Forest, get serious bragging rights along with their medals. The event also offers kids races, shorter-distance races, and a fat-tire bike race.
Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey Championship, St. Ignace, February 11 to 14
Just 27 teams graced the ice of Lake Huron’s Moran Bay at the inaugural U.P. pond hockey championship eight years ago—but by last year, that number had grown to more than 200. Whether you’re skating or spectating, this weekend of hockey in its original form is always pure joy. (Teams must pre-register online.)
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