Posted by: mdprincing | January 31, 2011

Winter wonderland

Looking for some winter fun?  Don’t want to make the long drive up north?  Then stay home and enjoy the great outdoors.

Nestled just north of the Midland Mall is the Midland City Forest (http://www.midlandcvb.org/sledding–tobaggoning–82/).  This is a beautiful facility for winter fun.  A variety of activities await your arrival including sledding, tobogganing, ice skating, hiking, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing.

As you pull into the parking lot a quarter-mile west of Eastman Ave. on Monroe Rd. you are greeted by the cozy and rustic Chalet.  Inside you will find the desk to rent all the toys you will need for your day.  Also inside is a fireplace to warm up at, snacks and hot chocolate, restrooms and telephones.  The Chalet offers huge picture windows with views of the toboggan run and the sled hill.

The sled hill is free if you bring your own sled or tube.  If you don’t have a sled you can rent one for $2.00.

Tobogganing at the City Forest is a blast.  No need to worry about toboggans either, you rent them right there for $6 an hour for up to 2 hours at a time.  There are four iced and elevated runs.  These are supervised at all times for  your fun and safety.

When you have had your fill of speedy toboggan runs head to the ice rink.  This rink is rather large and kept clean and free of snow.  The one side of the rink is full of wooden benches so you can strap on your skates.  If you don’t have skates you can rent them for $2.00 an hour.

For the more adventurous souls, head for the trails.  This is where you will find the cross-country skiing and snow shoeing.  Again, you can rent the equipment from the Chalet if you don’t have your own.  A variety of trails can be found in varying lengths including a 1K  loop that is lighted from dusk to 8pm.  Lesson on cross-country skiing are offered on select days by a seasoned instructor.

Winter hours for the City Forest are:

Thursday & Friday 4-9pm, Saturdays 10am-9pm, Sundays noon-9pm and some special holiday hours.

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