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Leelanau Ski Report

Last Update: February 28, 2019
Snow on the Ground/Trails7-22″ – We’ve got a whole lot of powdery snow – it’s perfect!
Homestead Conditions
(Homestead Snow Report)
19-35″ with 4 of 5 lifts & 15 of 15 runs open. Please note that The Homestead is ONLY open Friday – Sunday!
Crystal Mountain Conditions
(Crystal Mountain Snow Report)
52 – 64″ base with 58 of 58 runs open, 7 of 8 lifts running.
Fat Tire Biking Trails
(via Bike Leelanau)
All clear on the Leelanau Trail, 45 North Vineyard Loop & Leelanau Winter Sports Trail in Leelanau State Park but BEWARE of some “hangers” (hanging trees) above!

Downhill Skiing

The Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor Bay Mountain at The Homestead offers a great family skiing experience with 15 runs and the Resort also offers a ski schools, several restaurants and a great kids program. They operate on weekends only (also the whole Christmas holiday week).

Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville (just 15 minutes south of Leelanau) is SKI Magazine’s #1 rated Resort in the Midwest. (View the Crystal Mountain webcam)

Mt. Holiday in Traverse City is a nonprofit ski hill located just north of Traverse City.

Hickory Hills in Traverse City is a community owned ski hill in Traverse City. Also see Preserve Hickory Hills.

Sugar Loaf Mountain in Cedar is curently closed. We have posted updates on Sugar Loaf in the Leelanau Blog.

Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Fat Tire Biking

Leelanau County has miles of public trails both in and out of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Click for our favorite trails!

The Park offers guided snowshoe hikes on Saturdays and also a couple days over the holidays – details here.

Bike Leelanau has a regular report on fat tire biking trails including the Leelanau Trail, trails at 45 North Vineyard, and the Leelanau State Park Winter Sports Trail!

Leelanau County Natural Areas – managed by the Leelanau Conservancy, many of these areas offer great cross-country skiing! A couple favorites are Houdek Dunes north of Leland and the Chippewa Run in Empire.

Sleeping Bear Dunes Trails
Maps to world class cross-country and snowshoe trails in the Dunes.

The Leelanau Trail
A great trail from Suttons Bay to Traverse City and part of the TART trails system.

Ski Leelanau - Downhill & Cross-Country Ski Guide

photo by wesley bond photography

Checking in with Sugar Loaf Owner Jeff Katofsky

Checking in with Sugar Loaf Owner Jeff Katofsky

The Glen Arbor Sun has a solid recap of Sugar Loaf owner Jeff Katofsksy's recent call regarding the long-shuttered resort with county & township officials about topics including a vineyard, hotel plans & the possibility of a return of skiing!


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