January 15, 2012

Winter Sports in West Michigan (and the best place to recover)

After a very long wait, snow has arrived in West Michigan.  The sleds, snow shoes, skis, boots, gloves and assorted winter gear will finally have a purpose.

Sarett Nature Center, a non-profit organization, offers cross country skiing on their property.  Nearly five miles of trails loop through the lowland marsh, the upland prairie and a particularly beautiful stretch goes through a grove of pine trees.  Snow shoes are also available to rent, and designated trails are available for anyone on snow shoes.  Sarett Nature Center is located just off I-196, about twenty minutes from South Haven.

Timber Ridge is celebrating fifty years of downhill skiing, and has opened all runs & lifts on their ski resort.  Snowboarders are welcome to have some fun on the resort, and of course the tubing runs are great for kids of all ages and sizes.  Timber Ridge is located in Gobles, Michigan - about a forty-five minute drive from South Haven.

Once again, the Victoria Resort Bed & Breakfast has teamed up with Timber Ridge to put together the ultimate ski package.  Stay two nights, and two all-day lift tickets are included!  Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the inn, hit the slopes, then return in the evening to enjoy the warmth of the whirlpool tub and fireplace in your room.  Packages begin at $135 per night, depending on the room selected.  Rooms at the Victoria feature large whirlpool tubs, gas fireplaces, and even some guest cottages with wood fireplaces.

The city of South Haven proudly reports that the outdoor ice rink is open six days a week for public skating time - more than any other rink in the area.  Each evening the snowflake lights illuminate the rink, and just steps away are local restaurants, bars and coffee shops to warm up.  This is also the second year that the South Haven Ice Rink has offered curling, a sport less familiar to most winter enthusiasts.  To read more about opportunities to try curling, click here.