While snowmobiling, downhill skiing, snowboarding, and year-around fishing are Cadillac’s best known recreational winter pursuits, winter enthusiasts have an abundance of choices to experience the season. Cross-country skiing, trekking, snowshoeing, hunting, photographic quests, and camping adventures in this area rival any in the country.


Finding something to do in the cold weather months is EASY in Cadillac.  With a regional snowmobile trail network topping out at nearly 500 miles through 5 counties, our winter sports trail network is second to none in the lower peninsula of Michigan.

Add up our 500,000 acres of National Forest with nearly 100 miles of backcountry trails for Fat Tire biking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing along with three inland lakes with ice fishing opportunities at every turn, you have an incredible winter opportunity in the heart of Michigan.

It doesn’t stop there, Caberfae peaks is (literally) the cherry on top, with nearly 500′ of vertical drop on 34 beautifully groomed runs.

Plan your winter getaway to Cadillac today!

Winter map of michigan with star for cadillac






Gear Up. Explore. Hit the Trails. 

Cadillac Area Snowmobile Report:

Update - January 22, 2021

Good conditions right now! Received 2-4" last night! Again, it seems town was closer to 4" and we ended up around 3". We also had some high winds, so quite a bit of drifting as well. I'm sure we will have some big crowds this weekend and want everyone to be safe and respect others on the trails. Corners will continue to be quite ICY, so please use caution. Don't know when Cadillac Winter Promotions groomers will get back at it, but it may be limited until next week?


Grab Your Gear. Select a Slope. Hop on a Lift.

Caberfae Peaks Snow Report:

Update - January 22, 2021

We have 5 lifts open, 34 slopes open, plus the terrain parks. Snow guns are running when at all possible! Please purchase lift tickets in advance as we have been limiting volume and selling out ahead of time. SHOP NOW!


Head to the Ice. Drill a Hole. Drop a Line.

Ice Fishing Report:

Update - January 21, 2021 - Lake Mitchell & Cadillac

Many places have heavy snow and slush on top, up to 8" and more forecasted for tonight. Where heavy slush and snow are present ice thickness seems to be around 5-7". Places where the ice has been well traveled and the snow/slush has frozen may have 8+" of ice. People are still running machines out on the ice but it can be a struggle if you get bogged down in the slush. Stay tuned to the Pilgrims Village Fishing Shop for frequent fishing updates!


Select a trailhead.  Strap on Your Skis. Off You Go.

XC Skiing Report (Cadillac Pathway):

Update - January 21, 2021

The Winter Sports trail and the XC trail have been groomed! XC tracks are reported to be an 8 out of 10 but could use some more snow to smooth out some bumps - hopefully this week! The Winter Sports Trail received about an inch of new snow and it packed in well. Expect a fast trail on Friday.

open water in winter


Choose a Spot. Winterize Your Watercraft. Take to the River.

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