Where to Ski in Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan Cross Country Skiing Guide

Venture out to our favorite local XC ski trails, all within 30 miles of Cross Country Ski Headquarters!

1. Cross Country Ski Headquarters is a nationally ranked Nordic ski destination, with 11 miles of trails, groomed daily, snowshoe trails, plus award winning retail, rentals, lessons, cafe, day lodge, and bathrooms.

2. North Higgins Lake State Park Trails. Featuring a 6-mile loop, 4-mile loop, and shorter loops, these trails are beautiful and are occasionally groomed.

3. The Marl Lake Trails start from the parking lot at Marl Lake, across from the South Higgins Lake State Park. The longest of the 3 loops is 5.5 miles. Ungroomed, “skied-in” tracks can usually be found.

4. Tisdale Triangle trails in the village of Roscommon has 4 loops ranging from 3 to 6 miles near the AuSable River. They are occasionally groomed for classic skiing.

5. The Mason Tract is a gorgeous single-track pathway, most of which is along the AuSable River. It is a point-to-point trail, roughly 9 miles one-way, and groomed weekly for classic skiing.

6. Hanson Hills has a heated lodge with bathrooms and a small snack bar, a designated classic ski trail, a designated snowshoe trail, plus over 20 miles of combined classic and skating trails. Groomed daily.

7. Hartwick Pines offers over 18 miles of trails, and is a favorite for many who wish to escape into the quiet of the woods. Occasional groomed for classic and skating.

8. Forbush Corner features one of the best groomed trail experiences in the state. With a cozy lodge with a potbelly stove, kitchen, and small shop, Forbush offers a unique XC ski experience. Open Fri-Mon.

9. Ogemaw Hills Pathway consists of numerous loops that wind through approximately 15 miles of the AuSable State Forest, with classic tracks usually set.

10. The West Higgins Lake Cross Country Ski Trail in Lyon Township is a perfect 5-kilometer loop, not usually groomed, but there are often skied-in classic tracks.

Click here to view trail maps of these and other local ski trails!

Adventure further to explore other fabulous XC Ski destinations in Michigan!

Visit the Great Lakes Winter Trails Council website for a guide to groomed trails in all of lower Michigan. 

And farther still, Perhaps? Take a trip to Stokely Creek. 

Stokely Creek is a one-of-a-kind destination for Cross Country Skiing. Head 3 hours north of XC Ski HQ to immerse in world-class skiing, incredible scenery, plus great food and lodging.

From Stokely owners, Gaylen and Susan Byker:

Ten years ago, when we first purchased Stokely Creek Lodge, we stopped at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters. It was great to meet Bob and Lynne (and now Mariah and Stu). They knew all about Stokely from their customers, but hadn’t had the chance to visit for themselves. Finally, a couple years ago, Bob, Lynne, Mariah and Stu made it a point to break away from their busy schedules to experience Stokely firsthand. At dinner the first night at Stokely’s resort, they realized that many of our guests had bought their skis, snowshoes, or clothes at their shop.

Stokely’s overnight resort is located just over the Michigan boarder in Goulais River, Ontario (about 3 hours from XC Ski HQ). Stokely guests come from all over the world to enjoy 100k of varied world class ski trails, and 25 km of designated snowshoe trails on 12,000 acres, which extend to the top of King Mountain.

Check out Stokely’s website to learn more about:

  1. All-inclusive lodging
  2. Events: *All six huts in one day, *Beat King Mt on skis or snowshoes, *Hut to Hut, * End of season winter party on the trails
  3. Map and photos of our extensive trail system which circle 9 undeveloped lakes and mountain top views of Lake Superior.