Top Ten Outdoor Events for February 2023
Love. Snow. Outdoor recreation. If that trio sounds like an amazing time to you, then a February spent in Detroit's outdoors may become your new favorite month of the year - especially with these top 10 outdoor events for your enjoyment coming down the pipeline.
Don't call it a comeback - winter in Detroit is finally hitting its stride, and February is picking up right where January left off. The "Big Four Ski Resorts" are, as the kids would say, bussin. Winter races are kicking off left and right. Primetime showcase events are coming to town. And our outdoor community has finally accepted that the cold has arrived, so we might as well embrace it wholeheartedly - especially during this most romantic of months.
In case you're new here, we at Expedition Detroit love winter. As in a honeymoon phase, unbridled infatuation with winter. Yes, we know - that's an uncommon take for this coldest and darkest of seasons. We justcan't help our attraction to finding new backcountry ski lines, freshly groomed runs, and wide open trailheads.
For our community members that don't necessarily ascribe to our winter appreciation fan club, don't fret; we get it. To make February a little more palatable, we've done some heavy lifting on curating this month's top ten outdoor events that every outdoor enthusiast should enjoy.
Who knows, you also may end up falling in love with winter...maybe...
1. Defrost at CRAMBA's Snow Biking Festival
February 4th | River Bends Park | 12 p.m.
Arctic temperatures. Freshly groomed trails. Two fat tires ready to take them on. Layer up and embrace the frost, my friends - today is the Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association's annual "¡Ay CRAMBA It's Cold Out! Snow Biking Festival." Join the CRAMBA and Southeast Michigan's fat biking faithful for an afternoon spent enjoying group rides, fat bike demos, hot bonfires, chili, and tasty beverages with a hundred of your new best fat biking friends.
2. Discover New Trails at Ojibway Nature Centre
Throughout February | Ojibway Provincial Park | 10 a.m.
When scavenging the Internet for exciting outdoor events, the Expedition Detroit team especially keeps an eye out for new frontiers for our predominantly American audience. This month, we're planning on heading over the border to Ojibway Provincial Park - just south of Windsor, Ontario - to explore new trails on one of the Ojibway Nature Centre’s guided hikes. The hikes cross various locations throughout the Ojibway Prairie Complex, including the original tallgrass prairie and oak savannah habitats of Black Oak Heritage Park, Tallgrass Prairie Heritage Park, Spring Garden Natural Area, and the Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve.
3. Viva la Après at Detroit's Big Four Resorts
Throughout February | Alpine Valley, Mt. Brighton, and Mt. Holly Ski Resorts
Of all of the time-honored traditions associated with a ski trip, you would be hard-pressed to beat a good ol' fashion Après-ski. For the uninitiated, "Après" is loosely defined as any pre or post-ski activity that typically involves a healthy level of rivalry or debauchery.
And don't, friends - the Big Four have plenty of Après to go around.
While each of the resorts have their respective events going down, Alpine Valley Ski Resort has the two Après headliners this month with their 60th Anniversary celebration and a classic "Retro Night" event.
4. Support Conservation on a Guided Evening Hike
February 10th | Avon Nature Preserve | 6 p.m.
Just like any other undertaking in life, adding a higher purpose to outdoor recreation - such as supporting conservation while hiking, skiing, or hunting - undoubtedly makes the experience more memorable and enjoyable. This month, the Clinton River Watershed Council (the "CRWC") invites you to join in on one such opportunity: a guided hike through the Avon Nature Preserve, complete with a pre-hike coffee and hot cocoa bar. All proceeds go towards CRWC's mission to protect, enhance, and celebrate the Clinton River, its watershed, and Lake St. Clair.
5. Treat Yourself at a Winter Wellness Weekend
Throughout February | Valade Park, Detroit, Michigan
As much as we strive to facilitate a platform of eternal optimists, we're not oblivious to the spike in mental and physical health deterioration that Detroit winters can unleash. Fortunately for all of us, the amazing team at the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy have launched their