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Winter Activity Guide

Posted on Wednesday, November 28 2012 in Sports

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Planning to hibernate this winter? C’mon! This is Detroit! We don’t just brave the cold—we embrace it. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors and stay active in the winter months, as long as you’re willing to celebrate the season.

Hockey: This seems like a no-brainer in the city called Hockeytown. Detroit is surrounded by lakes, rivers, ponds and tons of arenas, offering plenty of options to lace up the skates and get out on the frozen water.

Cross-Country Skiing: Few workouts are more complete than cross-country skiing, and Detroit has miles of linked greenways to keep you fit in the coming winter months.

Skiing & Snowboarding: Alpine Valley in White Lake is the largest ski resort in the area, and includes beginner courses as well as a half-pipe for snowboarders. Rentals are available.

Indoor Rock Climbing: If you truly can’t handle the winter weather, head inside to stay active with indoor rock climbing. It’s a great way to keep your entire body fit and ready for the summer months. Here’s a guide to indoor wall climbing locations in Michigan.

Ice Skating: Campus Martius has a seasonal ice rink for skating under the Motor City skyline and the lights of the city’s famous Christmas tree. During the Motown Winter Blast, skating is free to the public.

Take a Hike: The trails of Detroit are still a great way to stay in shape in the winter. Lace up your hiking boots—or, if there’s a winter storm, strap on your snowshoes—to get your blood pumping on some of the best hiking trails in Detroit.

Sledding: This old standby for kids—and grown kids—is a great way to have fun while you stay in shape this winter. Any hill will do, but Lamphere High School in Madison Heights and the Huron-Clinton Metroparks are popular locations. Drag those toboggans out of the garage and start climbing.


How do you stay active when the snow starts falling?

Let us know in the comments.