December 8, 2017. Improving Winter Sports conditions. At present only modest snow accumulations in the Upper Peninsula with the exception of the Keweenaw Peninsula and south to Twin Lakes where accumulations are 8 to 16 inches. More snow in the forecast over the next 10 days across the entire UP. See our Weather & Snow Report page for the latest ski and snowmobile trail conditions all around Lake Superior.
With some sections of the UP receiving over 200 inches of snow, one can see how this is a winter wonderland for skiers, snowshoeing enthusiasts, and snowmobilers. With the milder winters we've been having in the upper midwest, going to Yooperland is your best chance at fun in the snow.
One popular destination is the Porcupine Mountains area - offering downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing (see pictures from an earlier snowshoe trip), and beautiful Lake Superior scenery.
In addition to downhill and cross country skiing, other popular wintertime activities along the south shore include, snowmobiling, sled dog races, and shoeshoeing.
Winter is a great time to enjoy Michigan UP northwoods and the Lake Superior shore. You can get some healthy exercise, friendly ambience, and see views and sights not easily seen during the other seasons.
Below are a few of the 2017 -18 Yooper winter events along the Lake Superior shore communities we know are taking place. Below the event listing are links to trail maps, snow condition reports & snowmobile trail maps.
2017-18 Winter Sports Events - Michigan Upper Peninsula
South Shore of Lake Superior
SISU Ski Fest - Ironwood - Jan 6th, 2018
Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race - Jan 6th
Marquette Noquemanon Cross Country Ski Marathon - Jan 26 - 28
Soo International 500 Snowmobile Race - Jan 28 - Feb 3rd
Michigan Tech Winter Carnival - Houghton - Feb 7 - 10th
Michigan IceFest - Feb 14 -18th
Marquette - Grand Marais UP 200 Sled Dog Race - Feb 16 - 18th
Porcupine Mountains - Snowburst Festival - tba
Trenary Outhouse Classic - Last Saturday in February
Calumet Great Bear X-Country Ski Race - March 10th
Snow Depth, Conditions & Trail Report Links:
Michigan Upper Peninsula Snowboard & Ski Areas near Lake Superior
SuperiorTrails.com - Reinhold Development - 2017
Duluth's amazing Bentleyville Christmas Lights Village opens Nov 18, 2017
Porcupine Mountains State Park was voted #2 Best State Park in the U.S.