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Cross-country skiing

woman skiing on snowy trail

Cross-country skiing

Glide or skate into fun and fitness with cross-country skiing. From the sun glinting on the snow to the surprise of seeing wildlife, this alternative to hiking and trail running is a great way to explore the beauty of Michigan.

Many cross-country trails are groomed by volunteer partners; however, technically this activity is allowed on all nonmotorized trails (unless otherwise noted). Keep in mind that many of these trails are also open to snowshoeing, dog sledding and fat-tire biking, so please share the trail and be courteous.

Ski rentals in state parks

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Trail etiquette

  • At the trailhead, check to see whether the trail is one-way or two-way.
  • If faster skiers are coming up behind you, step off the track to allow them to pass.
  • If you need to stop, step off the track. Also, don't stop at the bottom of hills or at an intersection or turn.
  • Remember that downhill skiers always have the right of way.
  • Carry all garbage out with you.
  • Keep dogs on a 6-foot leash on trails, and clean up after them (nobody wants to ski through dog waste hidden by only a dusting of snow). Keep in mind that even good dogs can tramp down a groomed trail, so consider taking dogs to trails that don't have a track set.

Trail condition reports

A number of organizations maintain online ski condition reports. Please note that these reports are hosted by partner organizations and third parties. The DNR has no control over the accuracy or timeliness of content posted: