I love unique adventures and the ice skating trail at Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park in West Michigan does not disappoint.
Read more about the top things to do at Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park in the winter months.
In recent years, I’ve tried the luge in the summer, and then the luge in the winter, but now I’ve tried their 1/4 mile long ice skating trail through the woods and it was a skating experience I won’t soon forget.
*Muskegon Winter Sports Complex rebranded to Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park.
A Scenic Ice Skating Trail in Muskegon, Michigan
Why skate around an ice rink when you can be surrounded by scenic nature instead?
But don’t worry… if you are more of an ice skating purist, they still have a family skating rink and a hockey rink too.
Admission and Ice Skate Rentals at Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park
Guests at Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park can purchase a skate pass and they can either bring their own skates and hockey equipment or rent them.
The facility has rentals for both hockey skates and figure skates with sizes ranging from a toddler shoe size 9 through a men’s size 14.
I personally think that hockey skates feel a little sturdier.
For even more stability it’s not a bad idea to use one of the skating trainers. They are designed for kids but there is no shame if it makes you feel more confident starting out.
To access the ice skating trails, you start on the family skating rink and then head toward the woods.
During our visit, there was quite a bit of fresh snow and I found the ice skating trails to be smoother than the skating rink.
Another bonus was that the trees blocked the wind making it MUCH warmer.
The 1/4 mile ice skating trail loops around with a center split in case you want a shortcut and the trail is wide enough to have two to three people easily skate side-by-side.
The lighted ice skating trails are really peaceful and beautiful at night and the trail has been a popular spot for marriage proposals too.
It’s a great place for a date night or an evening out with the whole family.
What to Wear for Outdoor Ice Skating
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The best way for ice skaters to enjoy this unique experience is if they’re dressed appropriately, so you will definitely want to dress in layers!
As you get more comfortable on the ice your body will warm up. You can always peel away layers but it’s hard to warm up if you don’t wear enough layers to start with.
Depending on the temperature, you might want to wear snow pants to help keep you warm. They are also another layer of cushion if you fall on the ice.
A Ski Jacket is ideal in case it rains or snows while you are ice skating.
If it’s windy a neck gaiter can help keep your neck and face warm.
As for the socks you want don’t want to wear thick ones. It’s best to wear a pair of ice skating socks that are thinner socks with thin seams so that you can feel the ice.
If you wear thicker socks it could impact how your skates fit in a negative way.
There are still plenty of other winter activities for you to enjoy during your visit. In addition to ice skating and the luge, there is also sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
You can find out more from the Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park website.
**Weather is a factor so make sure that you check out their conditions page before you visit.
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