Snow Country, MI

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Snowmobile Central

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Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau

Surrounded by the Manistee National Forest, the reborn lumber town of Cadillac reigns as the Lower Peninsula's snowmobiling capital. More than 200 miles of routes fan out from this town on the shores of two inland lakes.

Zip over the new White Pine Trail, a converted railbed that stretches almost all the way to Grand Rapids. Or take another popular route, the Boon Trail, through the pines to the Boon General store, a century-old wayside stop. The owners stoke a roaring bonfire, and even lend long forks for roasting hot dogs. Pick up detailed trail maps at the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau.

You'll need a home base for trailblazing. McGuire's Resort, a posh retreat on 300 acres just south of town, entertains guests with a 10-kilometer Nordic trail system, themed weekend packages, and moonlit rides in horse-drawn sleighs. Budget-minded vacationers can opt for the Cadillac Sands Resort, with motel-style rooms on the lake and on-site snowmobile rentals.

The North American Snowmobile Festival brings thousands of sledders and their machines to town every winter. Join cheering spectators, or race along with the speedsters through snowy woods and across the sparkling frozen lake. You'll see displays of the latest gear and haggle for equipment bargains at the "swap meet."

Continued on page 3:  Skiing Thrills


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