Michigan Winter Facts
● By Rick McGarry
Here are some fun Michigan winter facts from Pure Michigan.
Michigan has more downhill ski areas than any other state (49).
There are more than 6,200 miles of maintained, interconnected snowmobile trails in Michigan.
The International 500 in Sault Ste. Marie on February 2 is the oldest and fastest snowmobile race in North America.
Michigan has more than 2,000 miles of dog sledding trails.
Some areas of the Upper Peninsula can get more than 25 feet of snow a year.
Peabody Ice Climbing in Fenton in Michigan has ice climbing towers that range from 45 to 75 feet tall.
Otsego Ski Club is an Olympic snowboarding training facility.
Michigan has more than 100 miles of snowshoeing trails.
The Plymouth Ice Festival January 10-12 is the largest free ice sculpture display in the USA.
Huron Meadows Metropark is one of the few facilities in the state and the first in southern Michigan to manufacture snow for its cross-country ski trails. They host the http://www.nordicskiracer.com/Frosty/ Fourth Annual REI Frosty Freestyle 5/15K Cross-Country Ski Race on January 11.