Cross-Country Skiing in Oakland County, Michigan

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Mountains are limited in southeastern Michigan, but there are still plenty of forested trails and hilly terrain for cross-country skiing. Whether you want to rent skis or bring your own, cross-country skiing in Oakland County is a fun, challenging, and active sport to engage in during the long winter months. 

State Parks

There are state parks, forest campground or trail system located no more than 30 minutes from major cities in Michigan. Find directions, details and facilities information at the Michigan Recreation Search website

MetroParks:

Most of the MetroParks in southeast Michigan are open for cross-country skiing, but they vary regarding exactly what resources they offer.

  • Milford: Kensington MetroPark in Livingston and Oakland Counties has over 12 miles of groomed trails through various terrain, including a golf course. It also has a ski center with heat, restrooms, snacks, and skis rental for $15.00 on weekends and holidays. 
  • Shelby Township: Stony Creek MetroPark in Macomb and Oakland Counties has over 13 miles of groomed trails through woods, over hills, and across a golf course. It also has a ski center with ski rental for $15.00 on weekends and holidays. 
  • White Lake: Indian Springs MetroPark has over 12 miles of trails through various terrain, including woods and a golf course.

Other Recreation Areas and Parks:

According to the Michigan Trails website and DestinationOakland.com, there are several other parks and nature areas within Oakland County that are open for cross-country skiing:

Best Bet for New Skiers 

Oakland County has several parks and recreation areas open for cross-country skiing; but if you’re a new skier, chances are you’ll need to rent skis and may even want a lesson. Kensington and Stony Creek MetroParks offer 12 miles of ski trails, ski rental, heated resting areas, and snacks, Independence Oaks County Parkin Clarkston also offers lessons.

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