West Michigan and our lake towns have an enticing secret. One you’ll find unexpected. Most tourists and visitors identify us as a summer destination. But we moonlight as the perfect winter wonderland. And us locals know it best! At Upscale Lakeshore we want to ensure that you get the most out of your vacations here and help you find all the things and experiences you could ever want or need. So, if you’re still reeling the excitement of winter and those fresh blankets of snow. And you want to keep the flame of excitement and adventure alive, look no further than cross country skiing! With cross country skiing, you are able to admire nature, burn off those holiday meals, and find a new adventurous and exciting activity for you, your family and friends.
With a close proximity to all of the Upscale Lakeshore properties, it is West Michgan’s pride and joy of cross country skiing. Pigeon Creek is located in West Olive,Michigan situated between Holland and Grand Haven. Spread along 282 acres with numerous activities and amenities, Pigeon Creek is your new winter wonderland. With 10 miles of groomed skiing trails, a sledding hill, ski lessons, snowshoe trails, snowshoes and ski rentals, and a lodge cafe, Pigeon Creek has everything. We suggest calling ahead to make sure there are rentals available, as ski and snowshoe equipment are first come first serve.
Closer to our Saugatuck rentals, the Allegan State Game Area is ready for all your outdoor adventures. Consisting of over 19 miles of ski trails, they are prime for all levels, from beginner to pro. The game area also offers a trail map in case you need guidance.
Near Downtown Saugatuck, this state park is great for skiers looking for more of a challenge. Trails will be steeper and more ambitious. And for those who aren’t experienced skiers but want to stay close to home, the trails are great for all levels of snowshoers. However, you will need to supply your own equipment.
Hemlock Crossing is located in West Olive like Pigeon’s Creek but offers new scenery and different trails, and your pets are more than welcome! Hemlock Crossing offers snowshoe rentals (available at their nature center) and trails for both snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Their map covers all 6 miles of their trails for your navigation pleasures.
Made up of 300 wandering acres, Riley Trails offers numerous ungroomed trails for all your cross country needs. Located in Holland, Riley Trails is accessible to all Upscale Lakeshore Properties. As trails are ungroomed, feel free to have your furry friends tag along for all the fun! Like Saugatuck Dunes State Park, rentals are not provided and you will need to bring our own equipment.
The Outdoor Discovery Center is another excellent opportunity for young children and inexperienced skiers and snowshoers. Near Saugatuck, with 4 miles of trails, it’s a great opportunity for a quick workout and adventure. And perfect for children who lose attention quickly, including opportunities with learning stations along the trails.
We hope this guide provided some insights into the hidden fun of West Michigan. Upscale Lakeshore wishes you an unforgettable wonderland adventure!