Winter is settling in around Torch Lake and although this means beaches and pathways are covered in a blanket of snow, it also means fun adventures await as the temperatures drop and the snow deepens. So, what is there to do around Torch Lake in the winter? Let’s take a tour around the area to discover some of our favorite places and activities unique to this area that you can’t find anywhere else.
Skiing / Tubing and Winter Fun
If you love to ski, then you will enjoy the many offerings for downhill and cross country skiing available. A twenty-minute drive north will bring you to Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire, which offers two ski mountains (Schuss Mountain and Summit Mountain), Nordic skiing, snow tubing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and more.
An hour north is Boyne Mountain Resort located in Boyne Falls. It includes pristine skiing and Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark for when your grandkids are visiting and begging for a break from the snow.
Less than an hour southwest is the award-winning Crystal Mountain Resort, which also offers skiing for all ages. They have over 50 downhill ski slopes and 30 kilometers of cross-country trails that are well groomed.
Torch Lake offers an excellent opportunity to go ice fishing for Atlantic salmon, black crappie, bluegill, brown trout, lake whitefish, lake trout, northern pike, rainbow trout, rock bass and many other species. It’s a great location whether you are a seasoned ice fisherman or want to try it for the first time. Sport Fish Michigan will get you setup with all the equipment needed so you don’t have to bring your ice fishing gear.
You’ll be happy to get out on the snowmobiling trails and enjoy discovering the trails all winter long. Northwest lower Michigan has designated snowmobile trails in Jordan Valley, Charlevoix and Kalkaska, with many other trails available if you wish to travel out further.
The area is full of great wineries and many are open during the winter, including Torch Lake Cellars, WaterFire Wines, Royal Farms in Ellsworth and Cellar 152 in Elk Rapids. Visiting your favorite wineries when it’s cold is a fun way to warm up and experience wine tasting and fantastic food by a cozy fire without crowds of people.
These are just a few of our favorite things to do during the colder months when we welcome ski slopes, warm fires and cozy spaces.