Over this past weekend I went searching for winter and I found it! After years of threatening to go ski in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I finally did. The snow is there, as are the cross country skiers, downhill skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilies. However that is not to say things are crowded, just busy with a lot of happy faces enjoying the snow. I started out skiing a small donation only ski trail called Miljes, which doesn't have a lot of miles of trails yet but has some good plans for expansion. They did, however, have snow as you can see.
Next up was the Legendary ABR, widely known among cross country skiers as a place for early and abundant snow. While this was the busiest place I skied, with 66K of trail you can quickly find yourself all alone on the trail. Top notch grooming is another thing ABR is well known for and I was not disappointed.
Wolverine Nordic calls themselves the Mountains of the Midwest, and they do have some challenging trails. Which includes working your way to the base of a ski jump and to the top of Big Powderhorn downhill ski area. It also snowed a lot while I was in the UP, but the sun did come out at Wolverine for the afternoon.
So if your looking for winter it's not far away. Only about a 3.5 hour drive to Ironwood and you will have plenty of snow to play in. I found a good reasonable ski package at the Indianhead Motel, and look forward to going back again for more skiing soon.