cross country skiing and snowshoeing in Eastern and Central Michigan

The Grayling, Michigan region offers casual adventures for outdoor enthusiasts for a family vacation, a weekend getaway, or just the desire for the total outdoor experience. Nicknamed the lower peninsula's "cross country" country. For a full page of info, a list of ski locations, and links to lodging, events and more click Grayling, Michigan. Visitors can get information about Grayling at 800-937-8837; www.grayling-mi.com/). Enjoy cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowtubing, alpine skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. In the other months there's biking, hiking, golfing, disc golfing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing on the AuSable and Manistee Rivers as well as endangered Kirtland's Warbler tours, geocaching, and historical sites.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters (800/832-2663, 989/821-6661, www.crosscountryski.com) in Roscommon, MI is in the north central part of Michigan. For a full page of info click XC Ski HQ, MI. It offers 19 km of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing. There are 2 km of lighted trails and food service on the premises at the Stone Turtle Day Lodge. The lighted trail section leads to Trapper's Cabin, a favorite stopping place. Extensive retail ski shop. Lessons, xc ski, snowshoe equipment, clothing, and fat bikes are available. The XC Ski HQ schedules many programs during the winter so check the Web site for details. This is also the home of Ski Bones, a popular accessory manufactured that are used as ski ties. CCSAA member

Corsair Ski Trails (800/55 TAWAS, www.tawas.com) in Tawas City, MI is in northeastern Michigan. It has 56 km of groomed trails and is within 20,000 acres of the Huron National Forest. Lessons, xc ski and snowshoe equipment rentals are available. There is a new log warming lodge with an annual winter musical concert series. CCSAA member

Forbush Corner in Frederic, MI has 36 km of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing.There are 4 ski loops, the longest of which is 11 km. There is a warming lodge, a full service ski shop and xc ski equipment rentals. Clinics and lessons are available. Limited food service on weekends and night skiing on Friday and Saturday nights.

Garland Resort (877/442-7526 spells 877/4 GARLAND; www.garlandusa.com) in Lewiston, MI with 40 km of groomed trails is located in the north central Michigan. Lodging in rustic elegant atmosphere. The Gourmet Glide is a popular weekly ski and eat fun event. Every Saturday, skiers can gorge themselves while skiing an easy 10 km outing to visit five food stations. It starts in the morning with a breakfast stop in the main lodge topped off with Mimosas. The fan favorite food station is the trout camp, where skiers go ice fishing, party hardy, and have their catch filleted and cooked for them right that at the camp. It's a great group outing, where 75% of the participants are novice skiers (and some snowshoers), but all feel like experts in the eating department. There is a limit to the number of participants, so call to reserve your space.