Explore all that winter in Northern Michigan has to offer. From cross-country skiing to snowshoeing, here are our favorite winter rental spots across the region to find everything you need for your adventure.

If your shop offers ski, snowboard, snowshoe, cross-country ski, fat tire bike or other winter rentals, let us know! Email info@mynorth.com to be included in this roundup.

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Winter Rentals in Traverse City

Don Orr Ski n’ Beach Haus

Offering up snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals along with a kids ski lease program, Don Orr Ski n’ Beach Haus is a one-stop-shop for winter rentals and necessities. Find equipment rentals, equipment to buy, winter and ski apparel plus a full-service tune and repair shop on-site. View their current rental options below.
Don Orr Ski N' Beach Haus

Photo by Don Orr Ski N' Beach Haus

Brick Wheels Rentals

736 E Eighth St, Traverse City | (231) 947-4274 | Brick Wheels Website

While Brick Wheels specializes in bikes, you can still find expertly waxed skis in a full range of flexes and sizes at their TC shop. They aren’t lying when they say your “four-season adventure starts here.” Find rental options for fat tire bikes, cross-country skis and snowshoe rentals below.

Cross-Country Ski Rentals | Snowshoe Rentals | Fat Tire Bike Rentals

Fat tire bike in the snow with a snowman

Photo by Brick Wheels Facebook

Winter Rentals on Leelanau Peninsula

Suttons Bay Bikes

318 North St. Joseph Street, Suttons Bay | (231) 421-6815 | Suttons Bay Bikes Website

Offering up the most diverse list of rentals on the list, the team at Suttons Bay bikes makes it easy to enjoy winner in Northern Michigan by bike, snowshoe, ski or ice skate. Don’t forget to ask staff about their favorite local spots and join them for special events and tours.

View their winter rentals page for fat tire bike, snowshoe, cross-country ski and ice skate rentals options.

biking on a trail in winter.

Photo by Suttons Bay Bikes

Crystal River Outfitters

6249 W. River Road, Glen Arbor | (231) 835-2120 | Crystal River Website

Rent fat tire bikes, cross-country skis and snowshoes in youth and adult sizes. After you pick up your rentals visit the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, a local favorite, that offers nearly 22 miles of trail.

View the cross-country ski, snowshoe and fat tire bike rental options.

The Homestead: America’s Freshwater Resort

1 Wood Ridge Road, Glen Arbor | (231) 334-5100 | The Homestead Website

Public and member rentals are available at The Homestead for skis, snowboards, cross-country skis, snowshoes and ice skates. However, if you’re a member you are eligible for special discounted rates on rental equipment and lift tickets.

View the The Homestead’s downhill ski, snowboard, cross-country ski, snowshoe and ice skating rental options.

Skiing and snowboarding at The Homestead

Photo by The Homestead

Winter Rentals in Charlevoix & Petoskey

Mt. McSauba Recreational Area 

210 State Street, Charlevoix | (231) 547-3267 | Website

This winter-loving recreational area offers everything from group ski lessons to ice skating for the whole family. 

View the ski, cross-country ski, snowshoe and ice skate rental options for Mt. McSauba

Boyne Mountain

1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls | (855) 688-7024 | Boyne Website

Before hitting the slopes, Boyne Mountain also offers convenient on-site rentals for the whole family. Grab your boots, poles, helmets and equipment in one fell swoop.

View the ski and snowboard rental options for adults and children

Two kids having fun in the snow on their snowboards

Photo by Boyne Mountain Resort Facebook

Bahnof Sport

1300 Bay View Road, Petosky, MI 49770 | (231) 347-2112 | Bahnof Website

While Bahnof Sport specializes in winter gear, they also offer up a wide range of ski and snowboard rentals.Reservations MUST be made at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled pick-up time.

Bearcub Outfitters

321 E. Lake Street, Petoskey | (231) 439-9500 | Bearcub Website

Heading out on a snowshoe adventure? Call Bearcub Outfitters to reserve your snowshoes.

Learn more about Bearcub’s snowshoe rentals

Photo(s) by The Homestead