Many thanks to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex for letting us come out and visit!
Skating, Luge, and More! A Wonderland of Winter Sports Fun Awaits
A visit to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex has been on my to-do list for the last few years but I never could find the time to make it out there… until now.
Ever since I heard about this mystical place with a luge (there are only 4 luge tracks in the US!) and ice skating trails through the woods, I’ve wanted to go.
We visited Muskegon Winter Sports Complex a couple of years ago and the kids have been begging to go back ever since – so we made a point to visit over winter break. The 60-minute drive from GR was beautiful in itself.
Here’s what we found:
ICE SKATE – Through the Woods and on Rinks
The quarter-mile skating trail loops through the woods, and is even lit at night! Plus hockey and family skating rinks extend your skating options. (Note: if you want to play hockey, a helmet is required.) Rental skates for little kids through adults are available – they even had double-bladed skates for little kids!
That’s not all they have!
My daughter and husband headed straight for the luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex.
Be prepared to carry your own sled up a big flight of stairs as you get ready to slide down the luge at almost 30mph! There are many viewpoints along the track for spectators to get great photos.
All Luge Tickets must be purchased in advance through their online reservation system.
When you sign up, you get a 2.5 hour block of time that includes instruction and equipment. The luge is open on weekends and there is usually a Friday night special.
For kids 8 and older.
Snowshoeing for the whole family
For a small fee, you can have a full day of fun…and even trek out to Lake Michigan if you’d like. I was amazed at how well my kids – even my 4-year old- did while snowshoeing. There were times daddy carried her on his back, but overall she did a great job. And the big kids loved being able to “off-road” and romp around. I think we’ve found a new family favorite!
Cross Country Skiing
We ran out of time to try cross-country skiing, but I still wanted to let you know that you can rent skis and hit the trails at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex. They offer both traditional cross-country skiing and skate skiing and some trails are lit for use after dark. Rentals are available.
Snacks and Warming Up
Head into the lodge for a nice selection of warm soup, pretzels, waffles and more. Or take an edge off the cold by one of the many outdoor bonfires around the complex.
Day Passes and Rental Fees
Daily trail passes and rentals are available, starting at $5, depending on the sport and time of day. Luge is a scheduled activity and advance online reservations are required.