Michigan’s Best All-Season Sports

Michigan’s Best All-Season Sports

One of the most intriguing aspects of Michigan is the glory of its changing seasons. The irony is that even though the weather changes, the sports do not. A majority of the summer sports can easily be converted into winter sports with just a few adjustments. Read on to discover which are my favorite multi-season sports

We all know that Mackinac Island has no cars, viewing it via longboard is highly recommended. Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Hamilton

Snowboarding/Wakeboarding

Michigan is speckled with ski resorts. From the Upper Peninsula to Southern Michigan, you will find people who love to embrace the snow. Skiing and snowboarding become essential to staying active in the winter. There is no shortage of ski resorts, making a weekend trip to the hills a regular occurrence.

The summer version of snowboarding is undoubtedly wakeboarding. In that, it goes without saying that lakes far outnumber the amount of ski resorts in Michigan. If wakeboarding is too hardcore, longboarding and skateboarding involve similar coordination, skills, and agility without as many potential hazards.

Pyramid Point is one of the best places to snowshoe in Michigan. Photo Courtesy of Joseph Symons
Pyramid Point is one of the best places to snowshoe in Michigan. Photo Courtesy of Joseph Symons

Hiking/Snowshoeing

Hiking and snowshoeing are one of my absolute favorite transitional sports. Michigan is beautiful and easily accessible in the warm, summer months. With a good pair of snowshoes, it is equally as accessible and possibly even more beautiful in the winter. Trails are much less crowded, thus making them more serene. Scenic overlooks are breathtakingly untouched, making you feel like the only one nature has shared its secrets with.

 

Fishing/Ice Fishing

Fishing and ice fishing are fantastic because they are both inexpensive. Many people use boats while fishing, yet just as many use shorelines, docks, and waders. In the summer, unless you have a boat, many fishing areas are simply not accessible. The beauty of ice fishing is that the whole lake can be fished on foot. Drop-off points and coves are your best friends while fishing; both of which are much easier to access in the ice-covered winter.

The transition from fall to winter is one of the best times to run. Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Hamilton.
The transition from fall to winter is one of the best times to run. Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Hamilton.

Running

If you like it enough or are serious enough about it, running is a year-round activity in itself. The trails and roads take on a completely different appearance during different seasons, making it an ever-changing adventure. Naturally the attire worn must change drastically, but there is no other modification to this sport necessary. As far as winter must-have clothing goes, I recommend a sturdy pair of Yak Trax to avoid falling on your knees, butt, face, etc.

People often dread winter because it seemingly puts a halt on outdoor activities. This does not have to be the case. All of Michigan’s beautiful seasons can be enjoyed outdoors with a few modifications. What I have listed barely touches the surface of sports that are easily converted from winter to summer. What are some of your favorites?