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While summer is the most popular time of the year in the Grand Haven Area, we are a huge fan of the winter months. The cold weather and snow bring with them a whole host of annual events, outdoor activities, and holiday festivities. Continue reading below for some cold-weather inspiration on things to do during the winter months in the Grand Haven Area.

Mulligan’s Hollow

Photo: Ed Post

One of the hidden gems in Grand Haven is the Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl located near the waterfront just behind the Tri-Cities YMCA and next to the Imagination Station. Experience family friendly downhill skiing and snowboarding on lighted paths in this city-owned park, including tow ropes, eight downhill runs, and snowmaking. Warm up on cold days at Mulligan’s Lodge next to the outdoor fire pit or inside with a warm drink next to the fireplace. Daily passes range from $8-16; pass booklets, seasonal passes, and lessons are available. Contact the Ski Bowl for hours. Mulligan’s Hollow also offers downhill ski and board rentals during regular hours and for lessons.


Photo: Marci Cisneros

The Grand Haven Area offers several opportunities for snowshoeing during the winter months. These and other new experiences come along with West Michigan turning into a winter wonderland. The pristine beauty of winter provides the perfect getaway, with plenty of opportunity for recreation and entertainment. Try your hand at snowshoeing along the miles and miles of groomed and un-groomed trails. Pigeon Creek Park andHemlock Crossing offer snowshoe rentals as well as snowshoe trails for trekkers of all skill levels.


Photo: Bob Peskorse

No matter how old you are, we believe you are never too old to go sledding! The Grand Haven Area is home to many scenic parks with all the hills your heart desires. Pigeon Creek Park has a dedicated sledding hill that is even lighted for night sledding. So pack your sled, tubes and saucers and head this way! Don’t have a sled? No worries – many local and big box stores sell them during the winter months. The snow is falling. What are you waiting for?

Cross-Country Skiing

Photo: Marci Cisneros

When it comes to winter sports, skiing is at the top of the list and the Grand Haven area has many options for cross-country skiing. Try your hand at cross-country skiing along the miles and miles of groomed and un-groomed trails. Pigeon Creek Park offers rentals and lessons on their lighted trails. You can also bring your skis to Hemlock Crossing park and North Ottawa Dunes park to ski along their many trails.

Pigeon Creek Park

Photo: Marci Cisneros