Man experiencing the pure Michigan sunset snowshoeing at Hotel Earl

Experience Winter in Charlevoix, MI

Skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking

Pure Michigan at its finest. Charlevoix, MI offers pristine winter adventures for all experience levels.

Friends drinking hot cocoa in the winter forest near Hotel Earl

Mt. McSauba - 5 minute drive from The Earl

Enjoy views of Lake Michigan from the top of the hill at one of Michigan's top three small ski areas in the U.S.  Perfect for beginner to intermediate skiers, offering six runs, four rope tows, lighted runs, and terrain park. Not a skier? Ice skating, snowshoeing, and sledding are also available. Bring your own equipment or rent.

Mt. McSauba
09223 Mt. McSauba Rd.
Charlevoix, MI 49720
(231) 547-3253

Downhill Skiing

We are fortunate to have five ski hills within 40 minutes of The Earl. 

  • Charlevoix: McSauba
  • Boyne Falls: Boyne Mountain
  • Harbor Springs: Boyne Highlands
  • Harbor Springs: Nub's Nob
  • Bellaire: Shanty Creek


Family with winter gear sitting on the pillowy snow near Hotel Earl
Woman Hiking on the snowy forest near Hotel Earl

Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Ice Skating, Fat Tire Biking

So many options to get out and enjoy the beauty of Pure Michigan. There are more than 80 acres of naturally wooded land near Mt. McSauba, including a 2k lighted, groomed trail.

Little Traverse Wheelway - 4 minutes from The Earl - Is a 26-mile trail from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs for non-motorized activities. This trail runs along Lake Michigan and offers great views of the lake and nature abound.

Fisherman's Island State Park - 9 minutes from The Earl - Has 3 miles of ungroomed trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Equipment Rentals

Traveling light or trying a new activity is made easy in Charlevoix? Below is a list of businesses that offer rentals for your next adventure:


Close-up of a Fat tire bike in the snow near Hotel Earl