Winter Activities

Winter Activities

The Keweenaw is the snow capital of the Midwest with an average 273″ of snow that blankets two downhill ski areas and over 200 miles of snowmobile trails.  In the winter of 1978-1979, the Keweenaw had a record snowfall amount of 390.4″, that’s 32.5 feet so come and play!



The Swedetown Recreation Area in Calumet maintains a regularly groomed sledding hill next to the Swedetown Chalet that is lighted until 10 pm daily. The Chalet (which offers pizza, pasty, snacks, and drinks) is open 7 days a week: noon to 5 pm on Sunday & Monday and noon to 9 pm Tuesday through Saturday. The hill is located at 2901 Swedetown Road, Calumet, MI 49913, 906-337-1170. Starting this season there will be 10K (6 miles) of new narrow trails for snow bikes at Swedetown, starting near the Chalet. The trails twist &  turn and go through a variety of terrain to make them interesting and fun. The new snow bike trails will be groomed after snowfalls and as
needed to keep them nice for riding. A special drag pulled by snowmobile will pack the snow so it is rideable. There are new signs and maps to guide riders through all the new trails. View full listing.

Nara Nature Park
Located off US Highway 41 South, Houghton, MI 49931, the Nara Nature Park also offers sledding. 906-482-1700 View full listing.

Ice Skating

Houghton County Arena
1500 Birch Street
Hancock, MI 49930
Indoor rink with open skating on Friday from 6:45 to 7:45 pm, provided a high school hockey game is not scheduled. 

Michigan Tech Ice Arena
Student Development Complex 
MacInnes Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
Indoor rink open for public skating on Saturdays 1:30-3:20 pm and Sundays 6:30-8:50 pm.  

The following dates/times differ from the normal schedule:

  • Friday, December 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 23, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 28 – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 30, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 6 – 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Dee Stadium
700 E. Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
Indoor rink with free Open Skating on Sunday from 5:30 to 6:45 pm. Adult & Senior Open Skating is held Monday & Thursday from noon to 1:30 pm.  Learn to Skate for Kids is held on Wednesday from noon to 1:30 pm.  Adult Open Hockey, which does include a charge, is held from noon to 1 pm on Friday. There may be occasional cancellations due to hockey games, tournaments, or other activities. Schedule changes will be available on the answering machine at 906-482-7760.

Laurn Grove Ice Rink
On Emery Street in West Hancock
The outdoor rink, open weather permitting. Hours are posted at the rink.

George Gipp Ice Arena
200 Isle Royale Street
Laurium, MI 49913
Indoor rink with open skating from 6 to 7:30 pm on Fridays, 3 to 4:30 pm on Saturday and 3 to 4:30 pm & 6:30 to 8 pm on Sundays. Adult skating runs from 2 to 3 pm on Friday.

Ahmeek Ice Rink
School Street in Ahmeek
The outdoor rink, open weather permitting. Hours are posted at the rink.

Baltic Recreation Center
Stanton Avenue in Baltic
Indoor rink open daily 6 to 8 pm.

Dodgeville Ice Rink
On the Hurontown-Dodgeville Road in Houghton
The outdoor rink, open weather permitting. Hours are posted at the rink.

Lake Linden Village Ice Rink
On Calumet Street (M-26) at the Village Park
The outdoor rink, open weather permitting. Hours are posted at the rink. 

West Houghton Neighborhood Park Rink
On Edwards Street in West Houghton.
The outdoor rink, open weather permitting. Hours are posted at the rink.

Michigan Tech Snowbiking Trails

The Michigan Tech trails off MacInnes Drive in Houghton have certain trails open for the new sport of snow biking. Riders can only use bikes built for snow biking (regular mountain bikes are not allowed) and must stay on specified trails.

Michigan Tech has announced the opening of all trails this winter for snow biking, a new sport that involves bikes built specifically for snow.

Those interested can ride only bikes built for snow biking (regular mountain bikes are not allowed) and must stay on specified trails. A snow bike has tires wider than 3.5 inches and tire pressures of less than 10 psi. Read on to find out the other rules and the trails that snow bikes can use.

As an experiment, Tech is allowing snow biking on 14 kilometers of trails that already are open for walkers and dogs (a complete list of trails is at the end of this post). Snow bike riding next winter depends on how things go in 2013. MTU has provided a list of rules to keep everyone safe:

  • Purpose built snow bikes only! Tires must be wider than 3.5″ and tire pressure must be less than 10 psi, no exceptions! Don’t ride any old mountain bike out there.
  • Stay out of the classic ski tracks.
  • Bikes yield to all other users. Skiers don’t have brakes, so bikes are responsible for staying out of their way. And watch skiers’ poles. They can be fragile and expensive and unpredictable – the skiers too.
  • Be a good trail citizen. If the conditions cause you to leave ruts that will impede skiing, leave the trail – don’t just keep riding because the rules say you can. Spread the word about snow biking, make it fun, keep it safe.
  • Be an ambassador for the sport – stay polite, educate other bikers, discourage bad behavior, follow the rules, and we’ll all have a good time this winter.
  • Buy a pass. All trail users must purchase a day or season pass.

Trails open to snow bikes are listed below. These are the only trails open to bikes. Snowshoe trails not listed below are off limits. The complete list:

  • Isle Royale (20′ wide tilled)
  • Superior (20′ wide tilled)
  • Hairy Toad Loop west of Isle Royale Loop (ungroomed single track)
  • Husky Trail (connects Isle Royale to Tolkien Trails, 8′ wide packed and tracked)
  • Tolkien Trails (across Pilgrim Road, 8′ wide packed and tracked)
  • Dragon Trail (across Pilgrim Road, ungroomed single track)
  • Lookout Loop (Nara Animal Shelter trail, 8′ wide packed)
  • River Trail (Nara Animal Shelter trail, 8′ wide packed   
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