Mt. Brighton

Downhill skiing and snowboarding on hills with a 250-foot vertical drop or a bunny hill. There are five chair lifts, five tow ropes, and two surface lifts. Equipment rentals and lessons help beginners get started. Seasonal hours vary, call or visit website.

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Huron Meadows winter cross country skiing in Brighton, Michigan

Huron Meadows Metropark

One of just a few parks in southeast Michigan that offers skate-style and classically groomed cross-country ski trails. Choose among more than 15 miles of trails groomed for tracked, classic skiing over easy to moderate terrain, or more than 11 miles of trails groomed for skate-style skiing on moderate terrain with rolling hills. Buck’s Run, is a 1.5-mile loop made from snow shot from snow guns. The trail is lighted at night and open even if there isn’t much snow. Additional fees apply to this unique trail. Several trail heads provide access to this expansive ski trail network.

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Island Lake cross country skiing in the winter time in Brighton, Michigan

Island Lake Recreation Area

Cross Country Skiing available at three different trails. Snow mobiles are allowed on unpaved trails.

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Kensington Metropark winter snow cross-country skiing in Brighton, Michigan

Kensington Metropark

Fasten your skis and glide across more than twelve miles of groomed trails at Kensington Metropark. Coast past snow-glazed fields, frozen ponds, and beautiful deciduous woods. Beginner and intermediate level trails traverse the park and golf course.

Visit the Ski Center for affordable rental equipment from 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays.


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Mike Levine Trailhead in Pinckney Michigan on a sunny day.

Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park

The 13-mile trail is popular with cross-country skiers.

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Pinckney Recreation Area winter snowy, icy roads

Pinckney Recreation Area

Pinckney is known for its extensive trail system. In the winter, Crooked Lake can be used for cross-country skiing, as well as the mountain biking and hiking trails. Potawatomi Trail is the longest, as it stretches 17.4 miles through the marshes and wetlands of the area.

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