SOURCE: Benzie County Visitors Bureau

Benzie County Visitors Bureau

January 22, 2014 06:00 ET

Winter Events in Snowy Benzie County Along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Draw Visitors to "The Best Place in Michigan for Outdoor Sports and Recreation"

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

BENZONIA, MI--(Marketwired - Jan 22, 2014) - Snowy Benzie County, Michigan, which borders the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore along the Lake Michigan Coast, will feature three outdoor winter events in February. The events include Winterfest in Beulah, a 5K Snowshoe race at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, and Shiver by the River in Frankfort.

Lake effect snow conditions and winter temperatures have created a beautiful year for winter sports and recreation in "Pure Michigan's" Benzie County along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The temperatures are expected to stay below freezing with a lot more snow predicted. Winter travelers to Benzie County have been loving the snowmobiling, snowboarding, cross country & downhill skiing and snowshoeing throughout Benzie County this season. Benzie County's annual winter events are one more reason to visit "the best place in Michigan for outdoor sports and recreation" this winter.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Benzie County's Winterfest, in Beulah on Saturday, February 8: Families will enjoy a day packed with fun, food, and other unique winter activities such as a chili cook-off, a snowmobile poker run, an annual fish toss competition, horse drawn wagon rides, frozen turkey bowling, outhouse sprint race, the Winterfest Parade, a bonfire on the beach and majestic winter fireworks in the evening over Crystal Lake, one of the largest lakes in Michigan. There will also be Sheriff's Department Dive Team Rescue demonstrations on Crystal Lake, a fascinating way to see how the Dive Team searches underwater in icy conditions during rescue operations. Families can gather out on the ice of Crystal Lake to watch as divers go under the ice to demonstrate. Everything is safe and secure above the ice as watchers wait the 5 minutes or more for the divers to emerge through a large hole cut in the ice. All age groups will enjoy this activity. For more information visit

The same weekend Crystal Mountain will host a 5K Snowshoe Stomp, where racers race wearing snowshoes. The race starts at 10 a.m. For more information on the event see or call (231) 378-2000.

Saturday, February 15, 2014
The sixth annual Benzie County's Shiver by the River on Saturday, February 15: Shiver by the River includes a 5K event and Kid's Snow World featuring sledding, kids activities and games, "Bowling on Main Street," a winter parade and numerous warming stations along the downtown street. Snowmobile SnoX racing will take place (weather permitting) on both Saturday and Sunday. There will also be an evening chili cook-off in Elberta at the Cabbage Shedd restaurant. Downtown Frankfort restaurants open their doors during the event for breaks from the cold and a bite to eat. For more information see

Both Winterfest in Beulah and Shiver by the River in Frankfort take place every year during the second and third weekends in February.

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. Winter activities for vacationers, sports and recreation enthusiasts include skiing and snowboarding, ice-skating, ice-hockey, dog sledding and spas, with numerous locations for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling throughout the area.

Hotels, motels, inns, and b&bs are within minutes of beautiful natural areas to enjoy all that this Northern Pure Michigan Wonderland has to offer.

To check out and book 2014 lodging in Benzie County see

Learn more about the activities, events, and nearby award-winning wineries, breweries, and unique restaurants in the area by contacting Benzie County Visitors Bureau at 1-800-882-5801.

Contact Information

    Sally Littlefair Zarafonetis
    Media Consultant
    Benzie County Visitors Bureau
    (616) 656-5885
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    Mary Carroll
    Benzie County Visitors Bureau
    (800) 882-5801
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