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5 Ways To Stay Active, Support Local and Enjoy Kalamazoo This Winter

Posted on December 7th, 2020


Whether you’ve been dreaming of cold temperatures and can’t wait to throw on extra layers or staying inside is more your jam this winter, there are many ways that you can stay active, support local and safely enjoy Kalamazoo this winter.


Skiing & Cross Country Skiing



Bittersweet Ski Resort

Located in Otsego, MI, Bittersweet contains 350 vertical feet, 20 runs, 7 chairs lifts, 3 wonder carpets, and 1 rope tows. 


Timber Ridge 

Located in Gobles, MI, Timber Ridge contains 13 runs, 4 chair lifts, and 6 rope tows. 


Fort Custer Recreation Area

Make a weekend out of cross country skiing through Fort Custer with their winter camping opportunities.


Milham Park Golf Course

A location groomed by local ski enthusiasts, the Kalamazoo Nordic Skiers, Milham park is a great spot for first time cross country skiers and pros to get outside and enjoy the winter weather.



Sign-up For a Virtual Workout Class



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Western Michigan University Student Recreation Center

Register through ExperienceWMU and RSVP to reserve a spot for each fitness class. You can also take advantage of their pre-recorded classes!


Athletic Mentors

You can join their virtual workout community 6 times a week for a workout you can do at home with our certified Coaches for only $15.00 a month.


Down Dog Yoga Center

Whether you’re a beginner or a master at yoga, Down Dog offers a variety of classes, challenges, and packages for a one time test run or multiple sessions to get you through the winter months.


Kalamazoo Barre & Bent9 Hot Yoga

Email kalamazoobarrestudio@gmail.com and check out MINDBODY @Bent9 Hot Yoga to book in person or virtual classes. Did we mention that your first class is FREE?





Lillian Anderson Arboretum

W Main St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009


Fort Custer Recreation Area

5163 Fort Custer Drive

Augusta MI, 49012


Kalamazoo River Valley Trail

10th Street to D Ave., Kalamazoo, MI


Fat Bike Trails



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Al Sabo Land Preserve 

6310 Texas Dr., Kalamazoo, MI


Fort Custer Recreation Area 

5163 Fort Custer Dr., Augusta, MI


Maple Hill Trail at Markin Glen County Park

5300 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI

Have you heard of the Southwest Michigan Mountain Biking Association? SWMMBA is a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting proper trail development and maintenance, stewardship, advocacy, racing, group rides, and general mountain biking. Interested in learning more about SWMMBA? Click here! 


If you’re not a fan of the cold weather and have indoor cycling capabilities, join Zswift and ride with 4 of Kalamazoo PEDAL intrepid cyclists. Click here for more information.


Disc Golf



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Oshtemo Township Park

7275 W. Main St., Kalamazoo, MI


Did you know that Kalamazoo has it’s very own disc golf league? Check out the K’Aces to learn more about how you can get involved.


For other ways to enjoy winter, visit our Winter In Kalamazoo page here!