Gaylord Area Nordic Ski Trails & Facilities

  • Marsh Ridge
  • Treetops Sylvan Resort
  • Wilderness Valley
  • Michaywe' Resort
  • Lakes of the North
  • Lakeview Hills Country Inn
  • The Otsego Ski Club/Hidden Valley Resort
  • Beaver Creek
  • Buttles Road Pathway
  • Pine Baron Pathway
  • Shingle Mill Pathway
  • Springbook Pathway
  • Warner Creek
  • Nordic Opportunities Abound

    In Gaylord you'll find the gently sloping terrain, heavily wooded forests and deep annual snowfall ideal for nordic skiing. It is also not uncommon to see numerous wildlife out on the trail. Our facilities range from rustic and scenic at the Pigeon River State Forest, to elegant and expertly groomed at two of Gaylord's finer facilities, Treetops Sylvan Resort and Marsh Ridge Resort.

    In addition to the information contained in these pages, please send for detailed trail maps, the complete range of accommodations, and a winter travel planner by writing or calling.

    Nordic Ski Listings

    Treetops Sylvan Resort

    3962 Wilkinson Road
    Gaylord, MI 49735
    517-732-6711 or 1-800-444-6711

    East of Gaylord, on Wilkinson Road, ever-expanding Treetops Sylvan Resort offers both nordic and Alpine skiing.

    Over 20k of cross country trails include a 5.5K lighted loop. Sylvan also operates a complete ski equipment and clothing store. Lodging is available at the resort.

    Visit the Treetops Resort Website


    Marsh Ridge Golf & Nordic Ski Resort

    4815 Old 27 South
    Gaylord, MI 49735
    517-732-6794 or 1-800-743-PLAY

    At Marsh Ridge, resort guests may ski 40K of nordic trails, with 5K lighted for night skiing. Ski rental is available through the resort. An outdoor, heated swimming pool helps cap off the evening. Lodging is available. Marsh Ridge is on Old 27 South, about six miles south of Gaylord.

    Visit The Marsh Ridge Website


    The Otsego Ski Club/Hidden Valley Resort

    The Otsego Ski Club/Hidden Valley Resort is located on M-32, just east of the Gaylord city limits. The club offers Alpine and nordic skiing for members. Seventeen slopes are serviced by five chair lifts and two rope tows. Off-trail cross country skiing is available in addition to 10 kilometers of groomed trails. Lodging is available for members. The club is reached at 517-732-5181.


    Wilderness Valley

    7189 Mancelona Road
    Gaylord, MI 49735

    Wilderness Valley has 56K of groomed trails that await both the novice and the experienced cross-country skier, including a 1.5 kilometer loop, lighted for night skiing. Rental equipment is available. Wilderness is 10 miles southwest of Gaylord on Mancelona Road.


    Michaywe' Resort

    1535 Opal Lake Road
    Gaylord, MI 49735

    South of Gaylord, Michaywe' features 20 kilometers of cross country trails that wind around scenic Lake Michaywe', with a lighted loop for night skiing. A clubhouse is open for snacks and weekend meals. Michaywe' is located off Charles Brink Road, eight miles south of Gaylord.


    Lakes of the North

    A Winter Sports Arena Complex at Lakes of the North on Mancelona Road can be just the ticket to wintertime fun with 20K of nordic ski trails. Tobogganing and ice skating are also offered. Ice skate rental is available and all skating sites are lighted for evening fun. An indoor snack and food bar can help take the winter chill out of the bones. Lakes of the North can be reached at 616-585-6020.


    Lakeview Hills Country Inn

    Some 365 acres of groomed and off-trail nordic skiing await the visitor to the Lakeview Hills Country Inn, which features 20K of nordic trails. The inn, located on Fleming Road near Lewiston, also hosts the Lakeview Hills Classic, which will be held in the last week of January, a portion of the Michigan Cup cross country race.

    Lodging, equipment rental and basic instruction is available at the inn, which may be reached at 517-786-2000.


    Beaver Creek

    5004 W. Otsego Lake Dr.
    Gaylord, MI 49735

    Groomed trails, indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi.

    Trail length: 5K


    Buttles Road Pathway

    4 miles north of Lewiston
    DNR Mackinaw State Forest
    Montmorency County

    Trail is at an intermediate level due to 2 hills. The rest is at a novice level. Cover is gently rolling oak, aspen, and pine cover. Nice pathway. Not groomed but used often.

    Trail length: 10K


    Pine Baron Pathway

    Lone Pine Rd.
    6 miles west of Gaylord off Alba Road
    DNR Mackinaw State Forest

    Novice trail designation on International Scale. Nearly flat on all but the Whoopay Loop, which has some small hills. Pine Baron has nice scenery, with woods to decrease the wind chill. Groomed once per week, two sets of tracks.

    Trail length: 14K


    Shingle Mill Pathway

    11 miles east of Vanderbilt
    off Sturgeon Valley Rd.
    DNR Mackinaw State Forest

    Intermediate trail due to 2 downhills with bends. Most of the trail is at the novice level. Trail is not groomed, but is used almost daily. Meanders along the Pigeon River and through varying cover. Very scenic.

    Trail Length: 17K


    Springbrook Pathway

    Chandler Road
    Charlevoix County
    DNR Mackinaw State Forest

    First two loops are novice. The farthest off-road is difficult, with a steep climb and a long down hill run with curves. The trail is 9 miles NE of Boyne Falls. Not groomed. Springbrook Creek is a spring fed stream that is crossed 3 times. Terrain is from flat cedar to high hills.

    Trail length: 10K


    Warner Creek

    On M-32, One-and-a-half miles west of US-131
    DNR Mackinaw State Forest

    Novice trail. Is about 15 miles west of Gaylord. Trail is not groomed, but is used often and will normally have tracks. Meanders along a swamp edge with frequent deer sightings.

    Trail length: 8K


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