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    Winter Adventures and Recreation In Michigan

    If you have the winter blahs, taking a winter vacation can change the way you see winter forever! Throughout the state of Michigan you can find all kind of cool and really fun and adventurous things to do. Winter in Michigan has something for the entire family to enjoy while having a blast!

    If you like skiing, Pine Mountain Continental Cup Ski Jumping Tournament, in Iron Mountain, Michigan would be an awesome adventure as you watch skiers fly off the world’s largest manmade ski jump at speeds reaching 55 mph, which is pretty amazing. There are nearly 80 competitors that soar more than 400 feet before touching down. That is pretty neat, what an exhilarating experience that would be to check out!

    And if Skiing is not your forte, take your travels to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as it offers a unique adventure to check out that most of us never get to experience up close. It is the U.P. 200 and Midnight Run Sled Dog Championship in Marquette, Michigan. What an awesome experience it would be to be a spectator watching 30+ mushers and their 12-dog teams set out on a 240-mile round trip race across the Upper Peninsula in a totally exhilarating dog-sled race. To cool!

    Something for those who like the unusual, take your travels to the Ice Breaker Festival in South Haven, Michigan. This is a celebration of everything winter in Michigan! There is ice sculpting, which would be totally neat to watch ice take form into a masterpiece statue. There is also ice skating for those who can, and wagon rides too. Hot chili is also there with the Chili tasting experience to help warm you up and a lot of dance the way you want at the local pubs. Oh, I can’t forget to tell you to make sure you vote for your favorite chili before you leave too.

    Somebody say racing? Winter racing is not like most of us are use to when it comes to racing. It is not a Dragster or an Indy car, its snowmobiles. These snowmobiles race 500 times around a one-mile ice oval at the world’s premier race of its kind at the International 500 Snowmobile Race in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. These racers reach speeds of nearly 100 mph on the straightaways in their 8 hours of racing.

    Now, let’s talk really unusual for a winter get-a-way! Houghton, Michigan is a totally the place to go. Their Winter Carnival is bizarre as the students at Michigan Technological University construct more than 50 elaborately carved snow statues with some reaching up to 30 feet tall. They also have a lot of fun things to do to energize you adventure like snow volleyball, human dogsleds which is interesting to see and broomball and ice bowling.

    And for the winter enthusiast that love to play outside, the North American Snow Festival in Cadillac, Michigan is the place to go. This is an adventure that is just too cool. You can go on guided safaris through the forests, or sled in for the other action like snowmobile drag racing or polar dipping. They also have sleigh rides which would be relaxing and fun. There is also an antique snowmobile show, a chili cook-off…yum, live music, and ice fishing contest and a parade of lights for all to enjoy!

    By Nick Worley

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