Interactive Map Shows Oakland County’s Outdoor Activities

Oakland County is using technology to make it easier for residents and visitors to find outdoor activities around the county this winter. The County is publishing a new interactive map blog of activities and things of interest around Oakland County each month. Oakland County Outdoor Activities "Oakland County residents and visitors enjoy a premiere quality of life because of the county’s natural beauty and access to many parks and other outdoor recreation venues," Oakland County Executive L. … [Read more...]

Human Powered Winter Activities in the UP

While most places in Michigan have snow on the ground, there is just something about going north to the Upper Peninsula for a true winter escape. Crossing the Mackinac Bridge is always an adventure and when the Great Lakes freeze over, it provides tremendous wintery views. Marquette County is a wonderful option to try many of the human-powered activities that flourish during the colder months of the year. Snow biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are all a soft adventure way to … [Read more...]

Learning to Ski and Snowboard

Do you want to learn to ski or snowboard? Ski clubs, high school race teams, and recreational skiers and boarders from around Southeast Michigan have been skiing for over a month now. Pine Knob (Clarkston), Mt. Holly (Holly), Alpine Valley (White Lake) and Mt. Brighton (Brighton) are the four ski and snowboard resorts in or near Oakland County. The four resorts offer a multitude of programs so anyone, at any age, can learn to ski and snowboard. Skiing is generally easier to learn than … [Read more...]

Skiers and Boarders Take to the Hills

Southeast Michigan Ski Resorts are Open Blessed with a record amount of snowfall last winter, ski and snowboard resorts had wonderful conditions most of the year. Those who braved the polar vortex temperatures raved about the slopes and enjoyed run after run at Mt. Brighton, Pine Knob, Mt. Holly and Alpine Valley. The snow has not been as giving, so far, this season. However, with freezing temperatures and numerous snowmaking machines, the four resorts of southeast Michigan opened before … [Read more...]

Go Play in the Snow

Whether you want to blame Old Man Winter, Jack Frost or Punxsutawney Phil, the snow keeps coming and coming. With at least six more weeks of this, you may as well enjoy the winter. Cross Country Skiing There are two basic kinds of cross-country skiing, Classic style and Skate style; either way, it’s quite the workout. Take advantage of the local Metroparks or county parks and try it. You can rent skis from REI or some of the parks rent as well (call ahead and ask). Downhill Skiing … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Can anyone learn to snow ski?

Dear Crabby, How hard is it to learn to snow ski? I'm an adult now and I'm never done it, but it cannot be that hard... can it? Sincerely, Igo Boom Dear Igo Boom, I do not think the answer to this question will be the same for everybody. Things come pretty simple to me except for things that deal with money, people, or my in-laws. I learned to ski one weekend as a teenager with a few of my buddies as we drove north out of Detroit and found a ski hill. We were all given verbal … [Read more...]

Summer Fun at Boyne

Try the Mountain I have a soft spot for Boyne Mt. since it is where I learned to ski over 30 years ago and they offer some of the best skiing in the Midwest. However, they offer much more than skiing. They have the Mountain Grand Lodge, golf, a spa and the Avalanche Bay indoor water park. When it comes to accommodations at the Mountain a visitor has many options. The Mountain Grand Lodge is the premier choice, but they have several condos and a variety of other hotel rooms on the property. … [Read more...]

The End is Near for Skiing and Snowboarding

Winter could be found at the ski resorts! Seems like we waited all year for winter and while there were hints of it here in southeast Michigan, Fall really rolled into Spring. However, because snow making is available at all four ski resorts in our area, skiing and snowboarding were going on most of the season. The temperatures are going up and it feels like Summer is just around the corner. The word “rain” is the “Voldemort” of ski season; it’s the weather condition that shall not be … [Read more...]

Ski Utah

“The Greatest Snow on Earth" What is “The Greatest Snow on Earth?” It’s the lightest and driest fluffy precipitation in the world and it blankets the Wasatch Mountain Range in Utah. Each winter season, from November through April, the heavenly powder drifts across the mountains of the state. While this type of snow may happen elsewhere, in Utah it is a consistent gift from above; and it’s the gift that keeps on giving. While most of Utah’s 14 ski resorts average 300-500 inches of snow per … [Read more...]

Snowy Escapes Close to Home

Skiing and Snowboarding in Southeast Michigan Jump into your ski boots or grab your snowboard – it’s time to spice up winter – the ski resorts are NOW open. Snow sports are a wonderful way to help us get through a chilly Michigan winter. Alpine skiing, or downhill skiing, is more popular than snowboarding nationally; however, it seems to be going in the other direction here in the Midwest. Gail Winterhalter, operations manager from Alpine Valley, says “about 60% are snowboarders” at her … [Read more...]