The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a haven for winter enthusiasts of all kinds,
offering more than 40 ski locations and resorts, 6,100 snowmobile trails and groomed trails for Nordic skiing. Michigan is so fond of skiing that the Great Lakes Winter Trails Council even recommends ski walking as a year-round fitness practice.
Brule makes its own snow and the resort prides itself on being the first to open and last to close each season. Cross country ski, snow shoe or ski skate along 20 miles of trails. Snowmobilers, meanwhile, will find access to a trail system that serves the UP area and northern Wisconsin. Whitewater Trail is dedicated to snow tubing and provides a tow lift to the top of the hill. Snowboarding classes are available. Brule also has special themed events, gatherings and holiday celebrations.
Brule's Homestead Lodge is a stopping-off point to warm up and chow down. The restaurant offers sleigh rides on BBQ dinner nights and hosts tubing specials and family singalongs. The Brule Cafe has a weekend breakfast buffet and plenty of sides and healthy food options. The Hillside Dining Room has a sit down menu. Bear's Den Pro Shop and Rental Center carries cold weather gear and equipment.
Brule has lodge, chalet and condo accommodations with kitchens or kitchenettes, hot tubs and wood stoves or fireplaces. Lodging options for groups and families provide the conveniences of home and the amenities of a hotel room.
397 Brule Mountain Road
Iron River, Michigan 49935
Norway Mountain is home to Team Norway--an alpine racing team--and the top training facility in the Midwest. Norway boasts the largest number of certified ski instructors in the area, with the ability to teach all levels of skiers.
Idun Park has easier rails and boxes, while Odin Terrain Park has challenging jumps and features. High speed jumps, a half pipe and mogul fields are also available. Children and first-time skiers and snowboarders can receive specialized instruction.
The ski shop provides custom boot insoles and canting (with an on-snow analysis included) and equipment rentals. Toasty's Bar and Grill has a warm, social atmosphere, making it a gathering place for drinks, snacks or a meal.
Trail Side lodging units have full kitchens, multiple bathrooms, saunas and ski-out decks. Lift and lodging specials are available. Alternative local lodging is also available nearby.
P.O. Box 37
N2090 Briar Mountain Road
Norway, Michigan 49870
Both of the above destinations offer family-friendly skiing and snow sports for all ages. Ski Brule is pet-friendly, hosts many special events and has a choice of convenient accommodations. Norway Mountain has its Team Norway program, is a great place to hone your skills and the Norway Mountain Ski Patrol provides emergency assistance on the trail.
Article Written By Alice Moon
Alice Moon is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. She was chosen as a Smithsonian Institute intern, working for the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and has traveled throughout Asia. Moon holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Ball State University.