From skiing to surfing, winter in the Petoskey area is very cool

Skiing, skating, snowmobiling, wineries are just some entertainment options

Wider smiles, louder laughs, higher spirits and a ton more fun -- that’s what you can expect when you take a winter getaway to the northern Michigan resort town of Petoskey and its sister communities of Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor, Alanson and Boyne City/Boyne Falls.

Of course, the skiing and riding are off the charts. People throughout the country make the trip to hit the most popular slopes in the Midwest: Boyne Highlands, Nub’s Nob and Boyne Mountain.

Together, the three resorts have more than 160 downhill runs, more than a dozen terrain parks and outstanding snowmaking capabilities. They also have rental equipment and expert instruction. Whether you’re into black diamond excitement or strapping on the boards for the first time, you’ll quickly see why the Petoskey area is where those who want the best go to ski and snowboard.

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For details, check Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain or Nub’s Nob.

But here’s the really cool thing: Skiing and riding are only a start of what makes taking a winter break in the Petoskey area so memorable, because nobody else in Michigan offers such great downhill. And nobody else offers so many other fun things to do, either.

Outdoor activities

Fresh air abounds here and so do the outdoor activities that await you. Jump on a tube and fly down the slopes; climb platforms and hold on tight while zooming down a zipline; glide across an outdoor rink; or bring a sled and race to the bottom. Want more? OK. There’s horseback riding, sleigh rides, snowmobiling and even winter rafting.

Indoor delights

When it’s time to go inside for a break, they’ve got you covered there, too. Explore the Petoskey Area Wine Region; treat yourself to some of the area’s local craft brews; and catch some live music at a variety of nightspots. For the perfect relaxing day, treat yourself at one of the luxurious spas.

Cross-country and snowshoeing

Miles and miles of trails lead through the pristine northern Michigan landscape. You’ll have the chance to share the peaceful beauty of the forests, streams and lakes with a white-tailed doe or perhaps even a wild turkey. There are numerous areas and parks in the area that offer XC skiing and snowshoeing. It’s pure enjoyment as time glides by.

Indoor waterpark

Avalanche Bay™ is Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark at 88,000 square feet. Located at Boyne Mountain, it features six waterslides and a surf simulator. Think of it as a touch of summer on your winter vacation.


The Odawa Casino is a premier northern Michigan destination with 1,000 slots, dozens of table games, live entertainment and three dining options.


There is a whole calendar of special events taking place In the area all winter long. They’re the perfect way to make your stay even more memorable. Check the website for dates and descriptions.

We can’t help but reiterate -- winter here is just more fun. And believe it or not, there is still a slew of fun things that aren’t included here. To find out about them, and for details on our hotels, inns, condos and resorts, visit And be sure to check out this helpful Winter Guide.