South Haven Things to Do: 4 Great Snow Activities

Winter time provides the perfect setting for a large number of things to do in South Haven. Snow and ice covering the city gives visitors the perfect chance to participate in four of South Haven's greatest snow activities at several different places.

South Haven Ice Rink
Pavilion-Dyckman Park--Phoenix St.
South Haven, MI 49090
(269) 639-1113
www.shicerink.com

Ice skating in South Haven becomes picturesque with the addition of The South Haven Ice Rink. Located under a large pavilion, the ice skating rink is protected from bad weather conditions. Visitors can enjoy skating outside and feel reassured by the covering that's provided. The South Haven Ice Rink is open from November 26 through March 15. A day pass to skate will cost $3.50 and skate rentals are another $3.50. Monday through Thursday, the rink is open from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and until 10:00 pm on Fridays. Operating hours on Saturday are noon until 10:00 pm, and Sunday noon until 7:00 pm. As the day ends, you'll return to your South Haven Bed and Breakfast dreaming of twirling on the ice.

Kal-Haven Trail
Wells Street
South Haven, MI 49090
(269) 637-5252
www.vbco.org/government364491.asp

The Kal-Haven Trail is a 34-mile long linear trail that stretches from South Haven to Kalamzoo. The trail is open to cross-country skiers and snowmobiles. There has to be at least 4 inches of snow before snowmobiling is allowed. Both skiers and those on snowmobiles should remember their safety and that of others using the trail. A day pass will cost $3.00. The trail takes visitors through several small towns, countryside, wooded areas and many points of historical interest. Even a short adventure on the Kal-Haven Trail will ensure a restful night's sleep at your South Haven Inn.

Timber Ridge Ski Area
07500 23 1/2 Street
Gobles, MI 49055
(800) 285-6525
http://www.timberridgeski.com

The Timber Ridge Ski Area is a favorite spot for tubing, snowboarding and skiing. Slopes vary in difficulty from very challenging to beginner runs. Snowboards can be rented for $25 a day, and ski rentals are $19 a day. A ski shop is on-site to purchase any forgotten items. Lessons are available for both adults and children. Lift tickets range in price depending on the time of day and the day of the week. The Timber Ridge Ski Area offers a movie-worthy place where a wide range of snow activities can be performed. Timber Ridge is open weekdays from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, and Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. Operating hours on Sunday are 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Bittersweet Ski Area
600 River Road
Otsego, MI 49078
(269) 694-2032
www.skibittersweet.com/pages_/home_.cfm#

The Bittersweet Ski Area has 16 runs and one of the fastest lifts in South Haven. The runs are made for first-time skiers and those who are experts. There is a full-service rental shop and several places to grab a bite to eat. Two snack shops, an outdoor grille, lounge and a cafe are all on-site and ready for when you work up an appetite on the slopes. The skiing area is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Saturday hours are 9:00 am to 10:30 pm, and 9:00 am to 10:00 pm on Sundays. An average weekday lift ticket will cost roughly $30, but the price increases during the weekend and on holidays. Tubing is not allowed at the Bittersweet Ski Area because of safety reasons. Snowboards are allowed. There is no lodge present, so visitors will not have to worry about the extra crowd of hotel guests.

Whatever the choice of snow activity, South Haven is a guaranteed destination for winter fun.