You don’t need to be an athlete or even in tip-top physical shape to enjoy the pristine joy of cross country skiing practically anywhere in Michigan. You simply need to be able to walk. If you meet that single qualification, you can enjoy cross country skiing at any age.
It’s easy. Just wait for the first snow. Identify a trail. Snap on your skis, Then just “walk” at your own pace.
The investment in skis, boots and poles can be well under $200. No fancy ski-slope clothing is required — just your everyday warm hat, gloves, socks and jacket. You pay no lift fees. You can pack your own snacks in a backpack.
If you cross country ski, you can ENJOY winter. Do you know how much faster winter flies by when you’re having fun?
MYTH BREAKER: You don’t get cold cross country skiing. Why not? You quickly warm through from the exercise. That’s why alpine skiiers dress in layers: before you know it, you’re overheating and stripping down.
Cross country skiing gets you off the beaten paths and onto trails through parks, swamps and woodlands. It’s a silent sport: you listen only to the shush of your own skis and the occasional winter bird, the wind in the pines and the soft, sifting sound of falling snow.
To find trails all across the state, simply click on this link to the Pure Michigan website.
The perfect ending to an afternoon on the trails is to warm, rest and refresh at one of Lake to Lake’s 150 member bed and breakfast inns. Sip a glass of wine in front of a crackling fire. Melt into a hot tub. Watch a little TV or simply read. Chat. Sleep on luxurious beds cozily dressed in sumptuous linens and toasty comforters. Awaken to the aroma of freshy-brewed coffee and a scrumptious breakfast home made for you.