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Trek through the woods after a freshly fallen snow or settle back for a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Zoom down a ski run or zip around an ice skating rink. Feel the thrill of snowshoeing or outdoor ice hockey. Watch dog sledders mush along trails or try it yourself. Petoskey is a winter wonderland with beautiful views and plentiful activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain feature 114 downhill ski runs, the only six-person high-speed chairlift in Michigan and many more lifts to allow skiers to get the most out of their time on the slopes. There’s also snow tubing, snowshoeing, ice skating on frozen ponds and some ...

Trek through the woods after a freshly fallen snow or settle back for a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Zoom down a ski run or zip around an ice skating rink. Feel the thrill of snowshoeing or outdoor ice hockey. Watch dog sledders mush along trails or try it yourself. Petoskey is a winter wonderland with beautiful views and plentiful activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain feature 114 downhill ski runs, the only six-person high-speed chairlift in Michigan and many more lifts to allow skiers to get the most out of their time on the slopes. There’s also snow tubing, snowshoeing, ice skating on frozen ponds and some talented snow sports instructors from Austria and around the world to teach guests how to ski or snowboard. For a treat, try dog-sledding at Boyne Highlands. Every dog-sled tour takes place on resort property among scenic trails blanketed with snow. A ride typically accommodates two adults or one adult and two small children. An hour-long excursion includes a midway stop for photos and a cup of hot chocolate. Riders also learn interesting facts about the dogs and their racing history. Located on the shore of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, the resort community of Petoskey was chartered in 1879 and named after Ottawa Indian Chief Pet-O-Sega, meaning “Rays of the Rising Sun.” Free to the public, the Petoskey Winter Sports Park has a sledding area, outdoor hockey rink, outdoor ice rink, small ski hill with one run, one lift and an elevation of 700 feet, perfect for beginners. The park also has lighted facilities and a warming house with a concession stand. Petoskey is known for its lovely stones: Petoskey Stone, a coral that lived 350 million years ago when the northern part of Michigan was covered by a warm sea. The stones can be found in gravel pits, roadbeds and on Lake Michigan shores around Petoskey, usually after the winter snow and ice have melted along the shore.

Jackie Finch
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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    December, January and February