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Cross Country Ski on the Best Trails
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Humans Were Never Meant To Hibernate

The Great Lakes and especially in Northern Lower Michigan is the Heart of Cross Country Skiing in the USA. Not only do we have Lake Michigan to help generate mountains of lake effect snow we also have a huge concentration of groomed Cross Country Ski Trails in one of the most diverse forests in the western hemisphere. Our rolling scenic terrain is the perfect way to enjoy natures best season: WINTER!

Here you will find everything you need to know about where to ski and snowshoe, current snow conditions, events, news and member information about reliable equipment and services, and how to get started Cross Country Skiing.


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WINTER 2013/14

For 22 years, the The Great Lakes Winter Trails Council (GLWTC) and its members have been helping people throughout the Great Lakes enjoy this invigorating, affordable, and simple-to-learn sport. With the great attention the members of the GLWTC pay to ensure well groomed trails the description “exciting” is right on!

There will always be good cross country skiing somewhere among our member facilities, and all our members will make sure you are accurately informed about the latest cross country trail conditions. Snow Shoeing and Nordic Walking (Ski Walking) programs are also available at several of our member locations.


A young age is the perfect time to introduce your children to snow sports and a fit way of living and having fun outside in the WINTER. Children will adapt to cross country skiing very quickly and will soon be making great memories of winter fun.

Humans Were Never Meant To Hibernate

Great Lakes Winter Trail Council
P O Box 525
Suttons Bay, Mi 49682