Best Michigan Cross Country Skiing Trails

Michigan has 46 cross country skiing areas.

  September 25, 2018

Located in the US, the cross country skiing in Michigan offers over thirty cross country ski routes from which to choose. The best Michigan cross country skiing based on popularity are considered to be ABR Trails, Mirror Lake, Crystal Mountain XC, Potawatomi Trail, and Brunos Run Trail. For a detailed Nordic ski trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Michigan cross country skiing trail below.

Where Can I Cross Country Ski In Michigan?


Michigan Cross Country Skiing Resources


Mirror Lake

On the Upper Peninsula west of Silver City, there are 26 miles of groomed track in the Porcupine Mountain State Park adjacent to the Ottowa National Forest. While 12 miles are designated expert, there are 4.5 miles for beginners and the rest is intermediate.  MORE INFO

ABR Trails

South of Ironwood on the Upper Peninsula, the Active Backwoods Resort has 75km of groomed cross country ski trails for striders and skaters. Spread over 1,100 acres, the trails have many levels of difficulty and some run along the Montreal River. ABR is known for superior grooming and deep bases.  MORE INFO

Ge-Che Trails

On the Upper Peninsula northwest of Iron River, the Ge-Che Hagerman-Brule Cross Country Ski Trails are a 9 mile network of groomed tracks near Lake Ottawa. There are 2.5 miles of expert trail, while the rest is beginner.  MORE INFO

Munising Cross-Country Ski Trail

On the Upper Peninsula northeast of Munising, the Munising Cross-Country Ski Trail is a 10+ mile network of groomed trails. The trails wind through beautiful landscape of beech, maple, hemlock, pine and spruce trees on sandy uplands and rugged hills. The trails vary from easy to difficult.  MORE INFO

Big M Cross Country Ski Trail

Between Manistee and Wellston in Manistee County, the Big M is a 19 mile route designed for XC skiing. It is located deep in the heart of the hardwood and pine forest of Udell Hills.  MORE INFO

Shanty Creek

Northeast of Traverse City near Bellaire, the Shanty Creek cross country ski area has 31.5 kilometers of hill and dale to skate and glide. The trails are groomed and gorgeous winding through evergreen forests and snow-laden hardwoods straight from a storybook.  MORE INFO

Powderhorn Trails

Near Ironwood, there are two cross country ski loops south of Big Powderhorn Mountain Ski Area. The Wolverine Loop is an easy to moderate 5 km loop, while the Powderhorn Loop is a moderate to difficult 7 km loop.  MORE INFO

Valley Spur Cross-Country Ski Trail

On the Upper Peninsula south of Munising in the Hiawatha National Forest, the Valley Spur Cross-Country Ski Trail System is a 67km network of nordic trails through northern hardwood forest and meadows. The twelve trails are well-marked with black letters on blue trail markers.  MORE INFO

Chassell Trail

South of Houghton in Chassell on the Keweenaw Peninsula, the Chassell Trail is a 10km loop groomed for classical Nordic skiing. The route has 2 loops that meander through meadows and rolling forests.  MORE INFO