Trails bring out the best of winter!

WINTER’S AMAZIN’ 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.STucked 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. Main Street to Otsego Avenue S. to the end of Commerce Blvd., 989-732-4060

STEP ONE: SLIDE

If you’ve never tried cross-country skiing before, try Forbush Corner in Frederic first. You’ll find on-site instruction, a ski shop, micro routes like the aptly named Pancake and Green trails—and, as your skills improve, they have the trails to accommodate. All are immaculately groomed for both skate and classic skiing, thanks to the largest fleet of dedicated Nordic equipment in the Midwest. 989-348-5989, forbushcorner.com.

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. It’s mostly flat, gorgeously wooded, wide enough for two sets of tracks and groomed weekly throughout winter. Six miles outside Gaylord. 989-732-3541, michigantrailmaps.com.

TURN ON YOUR NIGHT LIGHT

The lakeside landscape has long made Michaywé’s 20k a favorite trail for full-moon skiing (989-939-8800)

Rentals

SKI & SNOWSHOE RENTALS:
Treetops Resort 989-732-6711
Otsego Club 800-752-5510
Louis M. Groen Nature Preserve (SNOWSHOES ONLY) (989) 705-2181 otsegocountyparksrec.com

FAT TIRE SNOW BIKE RENTALS:
Treetops Resort 989-732-6711

ICESKATING:
Treetops Resort 989-732-6711

X-COUNTRY SKI TRAILS:
Aspen Park Trails – 989-732-4060
Forbush Corner (Frederic) – 989-348-5989
Michaywe` – 989-939-8800
Pigeon River Country State Forest (Vanderbilt) – 989-983-4101
Pine Baron Pathway – 989-732-354

WAKE UP TRAILSIDE

ON THE DOWNHILL SLOPE
Treetops’ six chalet-style pads boast a mix of standard hotel rooms and efficiency units with kitchenettes, and they sit mountainside, giving you immediate out-the-door access to Treetops’ 23 downhill runs. www.treetops.com

ON THE XC TRAIL
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? Around Michaywé’s The Pines Course, where 20k await. Check out the options: 866-731-1887 www.pineconevacations.com

ON THE SNOWMOBILE TRAIL

There is nothing like soaking in steaming hot tub and heated pool after a long day on the trail. For a quaint and cozy room away from the hustle and bustle of town try Waters Inn located trailside in nearby Waters, just South of Gaylord.
989-731-6331- www.baymontinns.com
989-732-2431 – www.alpinelodgegaylord.com
800-557-2425 – www.thewatersinn.com
 

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