By Cindy Denby
Winter is extremely beautiful in Michigan and though shoveling and scraping our vehicles are not anyone's favorite, our state has lots of fun things to do in the winter. Many local communities throughout our state hold community events and festivals during the winter. These festivals typically include both indoor and outdoor activities and are fun for the whole family.
Winter sports are extremely popular in our state and there are options for everyone regardless of your athletic ability. Residents can enjoy sledding without even needing to leave their hometown and ice skating is a fun option for everyone. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing also are fun activities that people often overlook and haven't tried.
Of course skiing and snowboarding are very popular in Michigan and we have many beautiful resorts and ski slopes in our state that residents can take a quick trip to visit. Most ski resorts offer lessons and rent equipment for all ages, making hitting the slopes fun and affordable for the whole family. Snowmobiling also is a popular winter pastime in our state and is a great way to take in the beauty that our state offers. Northern Michigan has tons of trails designated specifically for snowmobiling and rentals are also available throughout the state.
For the avid fisherman, ice fishing is a great way to keep the pastime going in the "off season." Our state has several locations throughout the state that feature ice fishing, including equipment and cabin rentals. Ice fishing is a very unique experience that everyone should try at least once.
Our state's beauty doesn't stop when the snow falls. Some may even say the blanket of snow just adds to the beauty that is Pure Michigan. Taking advantage of these festivals and activities will help residents eliminate the 'cold weather blues' and have some fun while they're at it. A list of local events and activities throughout the state are listed on Pure Michigan's website at www.michigan.org.