Thick woods and dune land of Muskegon State Park surround the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, just a short distance from Lake Michigan. The complex rents snowshoes, skis and ice skates for on 10 kilometers of lighted cross-country ski trails (America’s most extensive lighted trail network), 8 kilometers of dedicated snowshoe trails, more than an acre of outdoor ice rinks and a 700-foot woodland ice-skating trail.
The centerpiece is the luge track, one of only three in the states (the others are in Lake Placid and Salt Lake City). They pack slush and snow into a wooden frame to form this 775-foot-long chute, smooth it and leave to freeze; artificial refrigerants aren’t allowed in a state park. The cost to ride is $40 per person and includes a two-and-a-half-hour learn-to-luge session.
The complex also opens Saturdays and Sundays through the summer to let guests enjoy a summer luge ($10 per person), the first of its kind in the nation. The summertime track is 335 feet long and features sleds outfitted with inline skate wheels. Maximum speeds typically reach just 12 miles per hour, twice as slow as the winter ice luge, but still plenty of fun.