When Mother Nature makes snow, Marquette County makes the most of it! Alison Silk of the Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau talks about some of the fun things to do this winter!

Noquemanon XC Ski Race

Thousands of skiers have taken the 50K or 24K trek from Ishpeming, the birthplace of organized skiing and home to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame to Marquette's Superior Dome, the world's second largest wooden domed stadium along the shores of Lake Superior.

This year the Noquemanon Ski Marathon hits the trails Thursday, January 24-Sunday, January 27. There are races for all distances, experiences and ages!

Online registration is open until January 23.

-Thursday, January 24

  • Torch Light Trek in downtown Ishpeming. Participation is free.

-Friday, January 25

  • Junior Noque races
  • Friday Night Pasta Feed
  • Ski Expo at the Superior Dome

-Saturday, January 26

  • 50K race
  • 24K & 15 mile races
  • 12K & 10K

-Sunday, January 27

  • 24K race
  • 12K & 10K races

Fatten Up this Winter

No, don't open that bag of chips and plunk down on the couch! Join the latest revolution and jump on a bike! Yes, snow covered streets used to signal that it was time to put away the bike, but fat tire biking - also known as snow biking - is becoming one of the hottest winter sports, allowing for cycling enthusiasts to ride all year 'round.

With the growing popularity in fat tire biking, Marquette County has opened its arms to the sport. Cyclists will find the most groomed single tracks for a full winter of fat tire biking. Interested in the sport, but don't want to invest in a new bike until you've tried it? The Sports Rack in Marquette now offers rentals for the 2012/2013 winter riding season.

Or check out fat tire biking as a spectator at the World Championship Snow Bike Race, at the Noquemanon XC Ski Race.

-Saturday, January 26

  • 50K Snowbike on the full Noquemanon course

-Sunday, January 27

  • 24K and 12K Snowbike races

Doggone Fun

Offering "the excitement of Alaska, without the airfare", the UP 200 sled dog race is one of America's premier 12-dog mid-distance races (and an Iditarod qualifier), drawing mushers and their teams from all across the U.S. and Canada. The race began more than two decades ago and is still going strong, it's not only the scenic and challenging course that pulls participants, but the cheering crowd and warm welcome no matter the temperature.

The UP 200 trail covers 240 miles of challenging terrain throughthe areas of Marquette,Grand Marais, Wetmore, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore andfinishes at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette.Come join in the excitement, February 14-18, for the start of the race located in downtown Marquette.

Downtown Showdown Rail Jam

Join in the fun during the first ever ski and snowboard Downtown Showdown Rail Jam in Downtown Marquette, Saturday, February 16.

-Saturday, February 16

  • Open Jam ($10 all riders, all abilities) - 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Ski Rail Jam ($25 pre-registered: $35 day of event) - 6:00-6:45 pm
  • Snowboarder Rail Jam ($25 pre-registered: $35 day of event) - 7:00-7:45 pm
  • Ski & Board Finals under the lights - 8:00-8:30 pm
  • Awards and Prizes - 9:00 pm
  • After Party by Double Trouble DJs at Waterfront Restaurant

Let's Potty, Err Party!

While some may not consider it 'classy', it is certainly a classic. The Outhouse Classic is not only an annual winter event, but a U.P. favorite. Proving to be the cure for cabin fever for many, the tiny town of Trenary typically grows from 300 to more than 3000 on race day. Expect fans of all ages to line Main Street on Saturday, February 23 to cheer on the racers pushing their outhouses.

For more information on winter fun in Marquette, and to plan a winter getaway, go to