Winter is Wonderful – #LetsWinter

Posted on January 8th, 2019

Visit Benzie this winter for skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing! The Benzie area has lodging choices from world class resorts to rustic cabins, all close to trails and outdoor activities!

Fat Tire Bike Race – January 20

Fat Chance is the staple of fat biking in Northern Michigan, and is back again for another legendary race at Crystal Mountain! Fat Chance Fat Tire Bike Race is the first race in the 2019 Short’s Brewing Fat Bike Race Series and will be held on the Otter Trail loop with two miles of speed, twisting sections and minimal elevation. Races start at 10:00 am and helmets are required for rider safety.

Don’t miss the Fat Chance Fat Tire Bike Pre-Ride on Sunday, January 13! 
Meet at Iron Fish Distillery at 11:00 am, ride to Crystal Mountain to complete a few laps on the Fat Chance race course, and ride back to Iron Fish Distillery for food and drink specials! Bike Race Details

Winterfest – February 9

Benzie County Winterfest 2019


Join us on Saturday, February 9, 2019 for Winterfest in downtown Beulah with fun activities for all ages. Family-friendly events include the Winterfest Parade, Outhouse Sprint, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Frozen Turkey Bowling , Chili Cook Off, Frozen Fish Toss, Fireworks, and more!

Winterfest in Beulah and Benzonia is always the 2nd weekend in February and is sponsored by the Crystal Lake Community Business Association. Winterfest 2019 Events

Art Park Snowshoe – Sundays in January

Art Park Snowshoe - Sundays in January

Winter is a wonderful time to explore Michigan Legacy Art Park and on each Sunday in January, you can take a snowshoe tour through the park with an experienced guide. Click the link below for more details and where to rent snowshoes if needed. Sunday Snowshoe Tours

Snowmobile the Benzie Trails

Dreaming of snow and snowmobiles? Benzie has the trails for you! Be sure to pick up your Trail Permit which is required before you ride. Click below for designated vendors as well as snowmobile trail reports. Trail Reports


Photo by Heather Higham, Snap Happy Gal Photography

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