Leelanau Wineries Invite Skiers And Snowshoers With New Tour

Feb 10, 2014

Nick Wierzba skis a portion of the trail near 45 North Winery on Feb. 11, 2014. The trail is 7.5 miles long.
Credit Liam Wierzba

Heavy snowfall has created a unique tasting tour through Northern Michigan’s wine country. The vineyard-to-vineyard ski and snowshoe trail connects Bluestone Vineyards, Forty-Five North Vineyard & Winery and Tandem Ciders.

Suttons Bay Bikes rents equipment for the tours, and owner Nick Wierzba says the idea sprung from their winery bike tours in the summertime. He thinks skiing along vineyards is a new trend.

A leg of the ski and snowshoe trail between 45 North Winery and Tandem Ciders. The trail is for new winter wine tours.

"I don't know where anywhere else where it's being done," he says. "I don't want to say this never happened before. I'm sure there's places in Europe where people ski from one winery from the next. It's definitely a unique thing, especially here in the States." 

The 7.5-mile trail is groomed for three miles. The tours are expected to go through March. 

Wierzba says it gives people a different experience. 

"It helps expose people who would have otherwise done a limo tour, a new way of getting to see the winery and activity too."