SOURCE: Benzie County Visitors Bureau

Benzie County Visitors Bureau

December 02, 2011 06:00 ET

Enjoy Winter Skiing, Snowshoeing, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling and Beauty Along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Benzie County, Michigan

Winter Events in Benzie County

BENZONIA, MI--(Marketwire - Dec 2, 2011) - Wintertime outdoor activities and innovative events in Benzie County inspire visitors to come to this Northern Michigan region along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore dubbed the "Most Beautiful Place in America" by viewers of ABC's "Good Morning America." Benzie County, Michigan, known as the best place in Michigan for outdoor sports and recreation, holds numerous events that celebrate the wintertime beauty.

Events include New Year's Eve with Fireworks, World Snow Day, and Women's Winter Tour at Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa, Winterfest in the quaint village of Beulah and Shiver by the River a Snow Cross snowmobile event in port cities Frankfort and Elberta. Throughout the winter season a unique event is held on almost every weekend in Benzie County.

According to Mary Carroll, President of Benzie County Visitors Bureau, "We celebrate wintertime with events that highlight our beautiful location and climate. Snowshoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling are abundant here. We've made quite an impression on visitors from the larger cities who want to get away to do something healthy, natural and active."

Benzie County is the perfect winter escape for those who like winter sports and outdoor adventure. There is excellent downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding at a nationally-known top award winning ski resort, Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa. At Crystal Mountain visitors can experience dog sled excursions, ice skating and hockey, and paintball competitions as well as fine and casual dining.

For those who seek a chance to see Northern Michigan's beautiful winter scenery there is snowshoeing along Lake Michigan on the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, and over 40 kilometers of groomed wooded cross-country skiing trails. Snowmobile rentals are available to traverse 135 miles of groomed natural trails. Winter getaways to Benzie County offer a diverse selection of lodging and restaurants. Numerous award-winning wineries are also within close proximity.

For more information on Benzie County lodging, restaurants, outdoor recreation and events contact Benzie County Visitors Bureau at 1-800-882-5801 or see


Christmas Magic
Downtown Beulah
December 10, 2011
A family friendly event with a Christmas parade, Santa visits, free childrens' activities, horse-drawn wagon rides, unique shopping and more.

New Year's with Fireworks
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville
December 31, 2011
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa rings in the New Year with a torchlight parade down the a popular ski run, fireworks over the mountain and a party for every member of the family including a luau and kid's party themed, "A Bug's Life."

World Snow Day
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville
January 22, 2012
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa World Snow Day will feature displays from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame (Ishpeming, MI), internationally inspired après ski cuisine and special clinics designed to introduce a new generation to skiing and boarding.

Women's Winter Tour Weekend
Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville
February 4 & 5, 2012
The ultimate weekend celebration of women, winter and chocolate returns to Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa for a sixth year. The Super Bowl of women's winter events will once again be held on Super Bowl Sunday when the ladies of the Women's Winter Tour snowshoe & cross-country ski along Crystal's wooded trails. This year's theme is Picnic in the Park, an outdoor event in the middle of winter!

Winterfest in Benzie County
In the Villages of Beulah and Benzonia
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Make your way to Benzie County for Winterfest, a day packed with fun, food, and other unique winter activities such as a chili cook-off, an ice fishing contest, an annual fish toss competition, horse drawn wagon rides, frozen turkey bowling, a Winterfest Parade, Outhouse races, and a winter fireworks display over Crystal Lake, one of the largest lakes in Michigan. See

4th Annual Shiver By The River
In the City and Village of Frankfort and Elberta
Saturday, February 18 - Sunday, February 19, 2012

Snow Cross snowmobile races in downtown Frankfort highlight the winter weekend event Shiver by The River. More than 100 riders will compete in a series of Snow Cross snowmobile races on an obstacle track built in the city's Open Space Park. The event includes Kid's Snow World featuring Sledding, Activities and Games. "Bowling on Main Street", a Winter Parade and numerous warming stations along the downtown street where you can go inside to get warm and enjoy numerous restaurants. Activities will also take place in the quaint village of Elberta. For more information see

Spring Fling
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville
March 24, 2012
Bluebird skies, perfectly-groomed slopes, great deals on lift tickets, celebration and fun traditions -- come March that's what skiing and snowboarding at Crystal Mountain is all about! On Saturday, March 24 it's also a time for crazy downhill competitions at the 14th Annual Spring Fling! Light hearted competitions with prize awards include:

  • Building a cardboard sled using ONLY cardboard and duct tape... and then racing it against others on one of the slopes;
  • Racing head-to-head down one of the ski slope, while in a kayak!
  • Skiing or snowboarding through a giant pit of icy slush at the base of Loki slope.

Maple Syrup Festival
Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville
March 31, 2012
Details to be announced

Contact Information

    Sally Littlefair Zarafonetis
    Media Consultant
    Benzie County Visitors Bureau
    (616) 656-5885
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