Big M Cross-Country Ski Area Trails

Manistee, Michigan 49660

Big M Cross-Country Ski Area Trails

Big M Cross-Country Ski Area Trails Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Day trip
230 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Manistee National Forest
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