Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing  

Boasting over 180 inches of annual snowfall and heavily wooded, rolling landscapes, the Gaylord area offers some of the most enjoyable and challenging cross country skiing and snowshoeing experiences in Michigan.  Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’re sure to have a great time on the trail system that suits your taste.  Look forward to viewing plentiful wildlife while exploring our snow-covered pathways at facilities that range from rustic and scenic to elegant and expertly groomed.  

Many of the trails found in our Cross Country Skiing Guide are also frequented by those who favor snowshoeing.  All trails and pathways that are groomed for cross country ask that you do not snowshoe on the groomed track, however, they still offer excellent terrain.  Several areas offer beautiful trails, along with snowshoe rentals, including Groen Nature Preserve, Treetops Resort, Otsego Resort and Forbush Corner

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WINTER IS AMAZING AT ASPEN PARK, THE 100-ACRE WOOD

This park is THE place for four-season outdoor fun, not to mention a convenient way to capture that get-out-of-town-and-enjoy-nature feeling without going far.  Tucked right behind Gaylord’s downtown, 100-acre Aspen Park feels a world away. Between its challenging outer routes and the groomed 2-mile illuminated trail lit for skiing after dark, winter in Aspen Park is bustling with Nordic skiers and snowshoers day and night.  To start your Aspen adventure, follow Main Street to South Otsego Avenue to the end of Commerce Blvd., 989-732-4060.

STEP ONE: SLIDE

If you’ve never tried cross-country skiing before, head to Forbush Corner in Frederic!  You’ll find on-site instruction, a ski shop, micro routes (like the aptly named Pancake and Green trails).  As your skills improve, there are trails of varying difficulty to accommodate Nordic skiers of any level.  All routes are immaculately groomed for both skate and classic skiing, thanks to the largest fleet of dedicated Nordic equipment in the Midwest. 989-348-5989

INTO THE WOODS

Nestled deep in the Mackinaw State Forest, the 12k Pine Baron Pathway is a true wilderness trail that isn’t too wild. Its terrain is mostly flat, gorgeously wooded, wide enough for two sets of tracks and groomed weekly throughout winter.  Located just six miles outside of Gaylord. 989-732-3541

TURN ON YOUR NIGHT LIGHT

Ready for a new cross country experience?  The lakeside landscape and snow-draped pines have made Michaywé’s 20k a favorite trail for full-moon skiing.  Experience the beauty of northern Michigan basked in moonlight as you glide through the silent forest.  (989-939-8800)

WAKE UP TRAILSIDE

Pine Cone Accommodations offers rental houses big and small around the Gaylord region, many of which sit smack dab alongside area XC ski trails. One favorite setting is around Michaywé’s The Pines Course, where 20k await. Check out the options: 866-731-1887

SKI & SNOWSHOE RENTALS

Treetops Resort 989-732-6711
Otsego Resort 800-752-5510
Louis M. Groen Nature Preserve (SNOWSHOES ONLY) (989) 705-2181
White Birch Outfitters 989-732-2223

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