Posted by: Kath Usitalo | January 8, 2010

Winter Happens

At this time of year Forest Dunes, one of the top golf courses in the country, welcomes x-c skiers and snowshoers to its gently rolling terrain

As the icy fingers of Global Warming tighten their grip on the world, we in Michigan and the Great Lakes region have an advantage over the Florida citrus farmers faced with an orange crop turning to orange slush, kids in Atlanta being frozen out of school, and Scotsmen pulling longjohns on under their kilts: We live with four seasons, one of which is winter, and we deal with it.

Snowshoes at rest against a wall at the Forest Dunes Clubhouse

We expect cold weather, and we dress properly for it. We know snow, and many of us embrace it. Sure, we grumble and gripe as we methodically plow, shovel, and blow the white stuff out of our way, but once the path is clear we can head out for some serious fun.

If you haven’t yet strapped on cross-country skis or snowshoes, Saturday, January 9 is a good day to begin. It’s National Winter Trails Day and—whaddya know—we’ve got the snow and chilly temps required for snowsports.

Michigan lists 8 official Trails Day events; I’ll be checking out  Hartwick Pines State Park, Hanson Hills, and Cross-Country Ski Headquarters this weekend.

No need to find an official event to make the most of the snow; several of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks have trails and some rent equipment. As part of a Women’s Wellness Retreat (watch for more about that next week) I had a chance to snowshoe today at Forest Dunes Golf Course near Roscommon; what a gorgeous way to enjoy the landscape of, well, forests and dunes.

Watch for wildlife on the golf course / winter trail; I spotted many different birds and this deer at the 3rd hole

Find more info on x-c skiing, snowshoeing and other Pure Michigan wintertime pursuits at



  1. Winter happens… ha ha.

    That sounds almost frightening.

    But it certainly does happen, whether we want it to or not.

  2. Gotta love it—you can’t even move to another part of the country to escape it! 🙂

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