Big M Cross-Country Ski Area Trails

Manistee, Michigan

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A booming local downhill ski area until the early 1970s, when someone overbuilt it and it went bust, Big M has hosted legions of dedicated cross-country skiers since 1984, when the Manistee Cross-Country Ski Council cut most of the trails that now exist. The result is a great collection of paths that cut through the hardwood highlands east of Lake Michigan. The council maintains the runs today, along with a log warming lodge heated by a woodstove at the trailhead and parking lot. All trail intersections are numbered so you’ll know where you are when you look at the trail map. The council has taken care not to scare skiers half to oblivion by making their trails so difficult they can only be handled by experts. Even on most-difficult-rated loops with hills, most steeps have straight runouts. Surface quality: Groomed weekly or as necessary.
Winter Trails: Michigan

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Winter Trails: Michigan

by William Semion (The Globe Pequot Press)

A booming local downhill ski area until the early 1970s, when someone overbuilt it and it went bust, Big M has hosted legions of dedicated cross-country skiers since 1984, when the Manistee Cross-Country Ski Council cut most of the trails that now exist. The result is a great collection of paths that cut through the hardwood highlands east of Lake Michigan. The council maintains the runs today, along with a log warming lodge heated by a woodstove at the trailhead and parking lot.

All trail intersections are numbered so you’ll know where you are when you look at the trail map. The council has taken care not to scare skiers half to oblivion by making their trails so difficult they can only be handled by experts. Even on most-difficult-rated loops with hills, most steeps have straight runouts. Surface quality: Groomed weekly or as necessary.

©  William Semion/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Manistee
Distance: 18.6
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Day trip
Trailhead Elevation: 230 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Manistee National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Big M Cross-Country Ski Area Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

1/24/2002
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a great trail you could spend a day or a week at with lots of loops and many different small lakes which are crystal clear and stocked full of giant trout bass panfish and perch if u spend a week you can hop from 1 lake to another and set up and catch dinner or just relax. A GREAT trail all year long!!


2/9/2001
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This trail system has many loops. The elevation change or just the view will keep me coming back . You can spend all day within this trail system. Also a great place for mountainbiking in the when conditions allow.



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