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Have Some Winter Fun in Elk Rapids!

What makes Elk Rapids the perfect place to enjoy a winter escape? Here’s how to optimize your Up North winter experience:

Downtown Winter Events

Join visitors and residents alike for the 6th annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, February 18th, noon to 3. Stroll up and down River Street and sample some amazing culinary efforts from our local businesses, then vote for your favorite. If you get chilly while eating chili, we’ll have fires lit along the route and chairs to enjoy the warmth.

On Friday, March 10th, downtown Elk Rapids will host “Wine About Winter” from 4-7 pm. Take the edge off winter and enjoy local wines and food! The fires will be lit again so join us to eat, drink and be merry and warm.

For more information about Elk Rapids events, click here.

Ice Skating

Whirl and twirl a couple of hours away at the Elk Rapids Ice Rink. Located on the edge of downtown at the Elk Rapids Marina and Dam Shop, kids of all ages will surely enjoy winter just a little bit more after some time spent on the ice. Afterward warm up with great food and drinks at the Dam Shop!

Nordic Ski Trail

Did you know Elk Rapids has its very own groomed Nordic ski trail at the Elk Rapids Golf Club, in partnership with Norte? Grab a friend to take advantage of this stunning course and leave with rosy cheeks and a great workout.


Elk Rapids is home to miles and miles of gorgeous hiking trails. Bundle up and enjoy the scenery as you hike Elk Rapids’ rolling hills, deep forests, and wide-open water vistas. Here is a link to a detailed trail map.

Downhill Skiing

The whole family can enjoy some of the best downhill skiing in the region at Shanty Creek Resorts. With options for everyone from beginners to expert skiers, Shanty Creek is known for its well-maintained runs and outstanding customer service. In addition, visitors can expect reasonable rates and a variety of terrain that guarantees winter fun for all!

If downhill skiing is not your thing, you can still have a blast at Shanty Creek. A wonderful winter destination; plan to visit for the day or treat yourself to an overnight stay in their lodge. Cruise the 25 kilometers of cross-country and snowshoe trails for a great workout or channel your inner child in the alpine tubing area.


While there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors in Elk Rapids, indoor fun might be more your speed some days. Plan a day to stroll and shop in our unique variety of shops downtown. My North readers voted River Street in the top 10 sweet small-town streets in Northern Michigan. See what all the buzz is about and enjoy local artisans and one-of-a-kind treasures. Here is an excellent list of must-stop stores in Elk Rapids.


Whether you are looking for a quick slice of pizza with the kids or more upscale dining that includes an adult beverage, Elk Rapids has you covered. Wine and dine your way through downtown Elk Rapids to and find everything from cocktails and burgers to coffee and baked goods. No one leaves hungry with a trip to our fantastic food and beverage establishments!

There are plenty of activities in Elk Rapids to fill your winter bucket list and combat the cold-weather blues. Enjoy the quiet beauty of the season, and keep an eye on the Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce website and Facebook page for more information!


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