Traverse City, on Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay, is hosting a winter festival that's guaranteed to cure your "cabin fever."
Winter Wowfest is Feb. 18-21 and has activities slated throughout the weekend for the whole family including downhill skiing and riding at Mt. Holiday, ice and snow sculpting, a downtown rail jam, tubing, fireworks on Saturday night at Grand Traverse Resort, a snowball softball tournament, and even a frozen bed race. It's snow, winter, and having fun with it.
"Winter Wowfest is all about getting out and enjoying some winter fun with friends in a beautiful setting," Brad Van Dommelen, Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau, told OnTheSnow. "We've added many new activities this year and brought back favorites from past years."
This is the fifth year for the festival. It began in 2007 at Grand Traverse Resort as a way to beat the winter doldrums and has grown into a full blown community event that is expected to attract thousands of participants this winter.
The resort's Winter Fun Zone, which features ice skating, sledding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, dogsled rides, sleigh rides, and snowmobiling is still a popular part of the festival.
Mt. Holiday is hosting mountain bike, ski and snowboard downhill races, and a Cardboard Bobsled race on Saturday. Sunday is the Big Air Competition.
Friday night kicks off downtown with a food and drink reception featuring local foods, wines, craft brews, and live entertainment in a large heated tent. Saturday is the Downtown Throwdown Rail Jam, a day-long acrobatic competition for snowboarders and skiers, takes place with 30-foot snow covered ramp.
The CVB is offering a TC Escape package, good throughout the winter, with nightly lodging rates starting from $35 midweek, and weekend rates from $60 per night. Weekend lift tickets at Mt. Holiday are $20 and $30. Tubing is $12 per hour.