Northern michigan

HofftoskiHofftoski Posts: 4
I'm looking for a place to ski near Bellaire, mi.
Does anyone know of anything?


  • tjs1295tjs1295 Posts: 133 Baller
    I can't help you with your question, but I love how that is considered northern Michigan. I lived in the lower peninsula for a few years, and would always crack up when anyone talked about northern Michigan. It's like the upper peninsula doesn't even exist.
  • DaveDDaveD Posts: 1,063 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Years ago, a friend of my used to ski Lake Bellaire on miles of glass in the morning. If you're taking your boat and don't need a course, that might be a good option.
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,463 Mega Baller
    I believe there is a course on Otsego Lake near Gaylord (about 1/2 hour away). Are you taking a boat or looking to connect with someone up there?
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • RRGRRRGR Posts: 18 Baller
    We are on Bellaire. No course, but during the week it is skiable until noon. A few years ago there was a course on Elk, but I don’t think it is there.
  • skimtbskimtb Posts: 549 Crazy Baller
    @tjs1295 I believe the upper peninsula is called the U.P. (You pee). You get there by crossing “the bridge” aka mackinaw bridge.
    So, “up north” or northern Michigan is still below the bridge….
    At least to the folks in southern Michigan….
  • RRGRRRGR Posts: 18 Baller
    Most of us that are down state consider “up north” anything north of Cadillac.
  • ETskierETskier Posts: 174 Baller
    The UP is like another planet. Beautiful though.
  • ETskierETskier Posts: 174 Baller
    I hear there is still a course on Cedar Lake west of Traverse City, but do not know who is skiing there. Anybody know?
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 3,814 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Off topic, but “Upstate NY” is everything north of The Bronx, which is to say all of NY other than New York City and Long Island.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 1,901 Mega Baller
    UP is really more like north Wisconsin anyways.
    boats are like girlfriends you love them however there is another one around the corner - bananaron, July 21, 2020
  • HofftoskiHofftoski Posts: 4
    I have taken my boat to Lake bellaire, beautiful lake and made the trip to torch. Have a 2000 ski nautique. This time I'm looking to connect with someone up there. No one has forgotten about the UP. It's a great place
  • RRGRRRGR Posts: 18 Baller
    @ETskier the only one I know of is on Silver , a bit south and west of Traverse, maybe 10 minutes. I skied it a few years ago. It sits in a nice protected cove. I think there is public launch there.

    @Hofftoski I’m up there every 2-3 weekends and hopefully for a couple of full weeks, maybe 2 full weeks in August. I have an older LSV that skis pretty well. PM me if you are interested in connecting, or grabbing a barley pop at the Dockside or Shorts!
  • tjs1295tjs1295 Posts: 133 Baller
    I hear what you guys are saying about the UP. Just always seemed funny to me. I spend quite a bit of time in the UP these days. We love it. Plan is to move to Ironwood in the next few years. Not sure where I'll water ski, but I know where I'll cross country ski.
  • braindamagebraindamage Posts: 299 Solid Baller
    I’m moving to the Traverse City area. There’s a course on Silver Lake and Crystal Lake. People have told me there is also one on Long Lake near Interlochen, but I haven’t verified that. PM me if you want a 3rd. I won’t have my Txi there until after Father’s Day.
  • ETskierETskier Posts: 174 Baller
    I'm up there there by Torch River month of July. Having a course is a bonus, but an early am free ski run on Bellaire would be fun too.
  • KenboatKenboat Posts: 14 New Baller
    We have a place on land between Bellaire and Torch lake.
    Bellaire is good for skiing early most days but does get busy by 11 am
    Also Clam lake in the early morning can be ok. I keep my boat at Dewitts and they launch and takeout for me so handy but they don't start earl enough.
    We only visit from time to time hoping to relocate full time to the area in 3 years.
    If a group wants to meet up at Dockside or Shorts we are in, be good to meet.

    We will be in Bellaire 6/26-7/3.
  • braindamagebraindamage Posts: 299 Solid Baller
    I’m moved into TC now full time. On a small lake that connects to Long Lake. Any skiers there?
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,463 Mega Baller
    @braindamage, I believe @Kimbymon said there was a course on Long Lake and I believe she skied with someone there in the last couple of years.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • KimbymonKimbymon Posts: 160 Crazy Baller
    @MISkier @braindamage yes there was a course on long lake 2 years ago. It’s against the side of the 3rd island. I didn’t ski that course. I hooked up with @34mph and he pulled me on a smaller lake near long lake as I was practicing for states
  • braindamagebraindamage Posts: 299 Solid Baller
    @34mph are you on Long lake?
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