Don’t let the cold weather slow you down! Embrace the chill this winter with these outdoor and indoor activities
By Arianna Endicott
Featured image via Caberfae Peaks
6775 Highland Rd, White Lake
Alpine Valley offers rentals, lessons and lift passes for anyone interested in skiing or snowboarding. When you’ve finished hitting the slopes, stop by The Hornet’s Nest Bar or the cafeteria to warm up with some food and drinks.
Prices and hours vary; visit skialpinevalley.com for more information.
800 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Open through March 8
This family-friendly rink in the heart of Detroit is one of the area’s most popular skating spots. It can hold up to 1,000 skaters at a time and welcomes people of all skill levels. After skating, there are plenty of nearby restaurants and shops to check out!
Adults $10, Children and Seniors $8, skate rental $5; hours vary, visit downtowndetroitparks.com for more information and discount opportunities.
14900 Beck Rd, Plymouth
The USA Hockey Arena offers lessons and leagues for youths, drop-in games for adults and open-skate times for the whole family. Fall, winter and spring adult hockey leagues are also offered.
Prices vary based on program and age; visit usahockeyarena.com for more information.
45300 Mound Rd, Shelby Township; 1120 West State Fair Ave., Detroit
Via Joe Dumar’s Fieldhouse’s Facebook
Every night, Joe Dumar’s invites people of all ages to join games of pickup basketball at their Shelby Township and Detroit locations. (You might even catch a former NBA star!) In Shelby, hard-court volleyball and adult roller hockey are also offered.
Prices vary based on program and membership; visit joedumarsfieldhouse.com for more information.
40700 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township
This free sled hill remains open through February, weather permitting. Stairs on the side of the hill make for an easy climb so you can slide down over and over again! Plastic sleds and snowboards are allowed, but leave your toboggans and metal runners at home.
Open dawn to dusk daily; visit clintontownship.com for more information.
462 Scenic Drive, N. Muskegon
This sports center has drawn the attention of former Olympians; the luge track was even designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley. With its wide range of winter sport offerings, such as luging, skating, skiing, snowshoeing and sledding, everyone is sure to find something they like.
Prices vary based on pass type; rentals available; visit msports.org for more information.
Snowshoeing, one of the oldest forms of transportation, is offered at almost all state parks around Michigan. The DNR offers several guided hikes during the winter season. Participants are welcome to bring their own snowshoes, but there will be a limited number to borrow. Visit the DNR website for more information.
Recreation passport required for entry to state parks; visit michigan.gov/dnr for more information.
1615 E. Lewiston, Ferndale
Whether you’re experienced or just beginning to learn the sport of curling, the Detroit Curling Club welcomes those of all skill levels. Beginners are invited to attend Learn to Curl classes, while more experienced curlers may join leagues to play with those of similar skill levels.
Must be 18 or older to be a member; costs vary for classes and membership; visit detroitcurlingclub.com for more information.
1 Caberfae Lane, Cadillac
With affordable room packages, lessons and rentals, Caberfae is a fun destination for the whole family! They offer rentals of skis, snowboards, snowblades and helmets. With discounts such as Ladies Day and College Night, Caberfae attracts people of all ages to explore the slopes.
Visit caberfaepeaks.com for pricing and more information.
12326 Foley Rd., Fenton
Peabody Ice Climbing features the only permanent mixed-climbing facility in the United States. During the winter months, ice covers two towers, standing at 45 feet and 72 feet tall. This facility welcomes experienced ice climbers, as well as beginners in need of lessons.
$20 day passes, memberships, rentals and lessons available for additional fees; visit peabodyiceclimbing.com for more information.