SOURCE: Benzie County Visitors Bureau

Benzie County Visitors Bureau

January 02, 2015 07:00 ET

Winter Events in Benzie County, Michigan Draw Visitors to Best Place in Michigan for Outdoor Sports & Recreation

Winter Sports and Recreation in Benzie County Include Snowmobiling, Snowboarding, Cross-Country and Downhill Skiing, Snowshoeing, Ice-Skating and Ice Hockey, Dog Sledding and More

BENZONIA, MI--(Marketwired - Jan 2, 2015) -  Winter events in Benzie County are the many reasons people in the "know" book their getaways to "the best place in Michigan for outdoor sports and recreation." One of the most popular family oriented winter events is Winterfest in Beulah to be held this year on Saturday, February 14, 2015. Winterfest in Beulah is a day packed with fun, food, and other unique winter activities including a chili cook-off, snowmobile poker run, annual children's fish toss competition, horse drawn wagon rides, children's frozen turkey bowling, the Winterfest Parade, and a bonfire on the beach with fireworks in the evening over majestic Crystal Lake. One of the highlights of Winterfest are the Sheriff's Department Dive Rescue demonstrations on Crystal Lake, a fascinating and informative visual journey to learn how the Dive Team searches underwater in icy conditions. Families can gather out on the ice of Crystal Lake to watch as divers go under the ice. Everything is safe and secure above the ice as watchers wait 5 minutes or more for the divers to emerge.

Benzie County has 135 miles of snowmobiling trails and spectacular sights for winter snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. In addition to 30 miles of Lake Michigan coastline along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for snowshoeing, Benzie County has over 50 inland lakes for ice fishing and 22 miles along the Betsie Valley Trail for cross country skiing. 

If you're looking for downhill skiing and snowboarding, look at Crystal Mountain in Benzie County named Condé Nast Travelers 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay in North America (2011). Crystal Mountain was also awarded 2013's Visitors' Choice Award for Best Terrain in the Midwest by "OnTheSnow" the most visited ski and snowboard-related website. "OnTheSnow" awards are considered to be the most comprehensive user-generated ski resort awards in the world. Crystal Mountain also has ice-skating, ice-hockey, dog sledding and more, as well as, luxurious spa services at the relaxing Crystal Spa. Children's activities and events take place almost daily. They also feature superb dining for romantic getaways or family gatherings at two onsite restaurants. For more information see or call (231) 378-2000.

Discover the beauty of wintertime in Benzie County this season. Lodging choices, include quaint cottages, cozy cabins, apartments, historical hotels, and Crystal Mountain. For assistance with lodging choices and to learn more about activities, events, and nearby award-winning wineries, breweries, and unique restaurants in the area visit  

Full Calendar of Events in Benzie County, Michigan during Winter / Spring 2015

3rd Annual Fat Chance Fat Tire Bike Race
Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville
Sunday, January 4, 2015

Cross Country Winter Trail Days
Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Winter Trails Day offers children and adults new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing and cross country skiing for free.

World Snow Day Celebration
Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Crystal's World Snow Day event will feature special activities and clinics designed to introduce a new generation to skiing and boarding.

Winterfest in Beulah
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Families will enjoy a day packed with fun, food, and other unique winter activities.

Mardi Gras on the Mountain
Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Enjoy this lighthearted event on the slopes and around the mountain.

5-for-$50 Friday!
Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville
Friday, March 13, 2015
Bring a group of five people and you ALL ski and ride ALL DAY for only $50!
Great deals for smaller groups as well: 2 people for $25 each. 3 people for $16.67 each. 4 people for $12.50 each. The larger the group the better the deal: 5+ people for $10 each.

Spring Fling
Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville
Saturday, March 14, 2014
Bluebird skies, perfectly groomed slopes, great deals on lift tickets, celebration and fun traditions--come in mid-March. That's what skiing and snowboarding at Crystal Mountain is all about! 

St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Spring Break Activities at the Mountain
Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville
Tuesday, March 28 - April 4, 2015
Explore the menu of daily activities happening March 28 through April 4, 2015 at

10th Annual Michigan Beer & Brat Festival
Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville
May 23, 2015
Enjoy live entertainment while sampling over 50 of Michigan's finest microbrews, local hard cider & mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets.

2nd Annual North Mitten Half Marathon & 10k
Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville
Sunday - May 24, 2015
The North Mitten Half Marathon and 10k is a combination of paved roads, dirt roads and trails. Registration Online opens on January 1, 2015. For more information see

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Contact Information

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

    Mary Carroll
    Benzie County Visitors Bureau
    (800) 882-5801
    Email Contact