Wax your snowboard and strap on your snowshoes, it’s time to head outside this winter and discover some of the best activities Michigan has to offer! Here’s five ideas to get you started.

1. Skiing and snowboarding. It’s true that Michigan’s slopes aren’t as impressive as going out West…but with over 25% of people on the slopes on a snowboard anyways, why chase after the big mountains and hit up one of your local terrain parks here in Michigan. Many slopes offer discounted prices during evenings on weekdays so you can head out after work. Get an equipment rental, lift ticket and lesson all for $45 in the month of January HERE!

2. I love winter hiking for 3 reasons. 1) No bugs 2) Less people on trail 3) No bugs. But seriously, hit up your favorite local trail this winter, it’s beautiful and you won’t be disappointed. You don’t need snowshoes, but I do recommend waterproof boots for dry feet, microspikes for extra traction and trekking poles to keep your balance. Did I mention no bugs?

3. Ice Skating. Most major towns in Michigan have an ice rink, but it can be challenging to find open skate times as many hockey clubs take it up. Solution, find some used ice skates and head out to the nearest lake. Just double-check the conditions.

4. Sledding and tubing. Use this handy webpage to find the best sledding and tubing hills near you. Some of my favorites are Genoa Township Park, Kensington Park and Hawk Island.

5. Ice Fishing. Get some great tips and location ideas on the Pure Michigan webpage. You can even take in an ice fishing festival in Michigan at Tip-Up Town USA in Houghton Lake in late January. Fishing contests, parades, the Frozen 5k, and even a Tip Up Town Queen!

Check out our website for more information. We always welcome new friends to worship with us. Find a location that’s close to you! You can learn more about our beliefs and visit our video library to explore more topics like this one. You can also check out our events page to find out what fun new things we’re doing this season.

About the Author: Eric Rauch
Eric grew up near the Monroe Campus of 2|42 near the Ohio-Michigan border. He attended Eastern Michigan University and spent 10 years as a Civil Engineer managing construction and development projects. In 2009, he went on a mission trip with several other 2|42’ers and shortly thereafter he and his wife Stacy started getting plugged into the ministries at 2|42. After spending a couple years volunteering in kids ministries, Eric took on a part-time role as the Elementary kids director at the Ann Arbor campus and then in 2012 came on the staff team full-time. He currently oversees Ministry Operations for the church. Eric and Stacy have two kids, Skyler and Emery, who they love spending time and seeing God’s creation with. They have a family goal of traveling to all 50 states together before their oldest graduates high school.

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