Winter Activities at Treetops
WHAT - Adjacent to our ski slopes, this fun filled activity is perfect for children and adults alike. Take an exhilarating ride down the slope on a tube where you will end up at the base of the hill right next to the tow rope where you will be towed back to the top to do it again! After your one hour session, we guarantee you will be hooked on extreme tubing.
WHEN - Sessions are an hour long and fill up quickly so remember to book yours in advance!
Click Here for the Tubing Schedule
HOW - Call (866) 348-5249
Reservations are required in advance to tube. Credit card is required at time of booking and cancellation fees apply for no shows.
- $15 per person per Session, Non Holiday Periods
- $19 per person per Holiday Session
- Holiday Period Sessions: December 26-31, January 16-17;
and February 12-15.
- Must be at least 42 inches tall to enjoy Tubing
- No Ski or Snowboard boots allowed on Tubing Hill
- WHAT – Join Team Evergreen and Liza Dietzen and take an exhilarating ride through the trails on the Jones Masterpiece Golf Course behind a team of dogs that is training for the ultimate sled dog race, “The Iditarod”. Each ride will take you two miles through quite possibly the prettiest trails in northern Michigan. This experience can be enjoyed individually or with a child.
- WHEN – January 23 & 24; February 20 & 21, March 5 & 6. Rides are scheduled throughout the day. Call our reservations department for a time slot before they fill up.
- HOW – Advance reservations are suggested and prepayment is required at the time of booking. Check in at the Activities Center at least 15 minutes in advance of your scheduled time.
- COST - $50 per person, ($15 for additional person in sled) A Sled Load consists of the following:
- 1 adult under 200 lbs.
- 1 adult and 1 child under 200 lbs.
- 2 children under 200 lbs. A separate time slot must be booked for each sled load. To accommodate families, it is recommended that you reserve time slots that are back to back.
Meet and Greet the Dogs
If you’d like to meet the dogs up close and hear some history and information about dog sledding, this activity is for you. Join us on select dates and times this season for a ½ hour informational and interactive time with the dogs and the mushers.
- WHEN – January 23, February 20 and March 5 – 1:00pm
- HOW – show up at the Activity Center and make your way across the street to meet the dogs
- COST – Free
Cross Country Skiing
WHAT – (Cross Country Trails are closed for the remainder of the 2016 ski season - see you next seasson!) Explore 20 kilometers of groomed cross country ski trails between our Main Property (Map) and our Project Nature Property (Map)
WHEN – The main property trails are accessible during daylight hours, 7 days a week. The Project Nature trails are accessible on Sundays from 10am-5pm. Or explore them on Saturdays by taking part in the Skiable Feast!
HOW – Purchase your trail pass at the Activity Center.
- WHAT – 6 kilometers of Cross Country Skiing with 5 food & beverage stations (Map)
- WHEN –
- January 16, 23, 30
- February 13, 20, 27
- HOW – Click here for the Treetops Calendar of Events which has complete details
- COST – $89 (includes tax & gratuity)
Wilderness Sleigh Ride Dinners
- Part of the Treetops Culinary Adventure Series.
You will meet the Treetops shuttle on the main property and take a ride to Treetops’ remote Project Nature property where a fire and a hot drink will await you. A 20-25 minute sleigh ride through the woods will deliver you to the Wilderness Cabin where you will enjoy a four-course meal and assorted beer and wine. After a leisurely dinner the shuttle will pick you up at the Wilderness Cabin and return you to Treetops’ main property. Packages are available. Space is limited so sign up today!
4-COURSE MENU –
- Cream of morel soup
- Smoked trout Asian salad
- 8 oz. beef filet, sitting on top of a crawfish roasted potato corn cake, topped with sauce Béarnaise and fried onions, served with candied vegetables
- Blackberry double layered cake, topped with Michigan blackberry wine reduction sauce
- WHEN – January 16, 23 & 30; February 13, 20 & 27; March 5 & 12. You will meet at the Lodge for your shuttle ride to Project Nature at 5:50pm
- HOW – Reservations and pre-payment are required. Please make reservations by calling our reservations staff.
- COST - $119 per person inclusive of all components of the package and taxes, gratuities and fees.
WHAT – Take a ride in the powerful machine that creates our spectacular corduroy conditions each night. Rides will take place during the course of our grooming process and will last a full ½ hour. Special consideration can be made if you’d like to go to certain slopes. The shuttle will leave the Lodge at 5:50pm.
WHEN – 9pm and 9:30pm each Friday and Saturday night during the season
HOW – Sign up in advance by calling our reservations department
COST – $50 per ride (1 person per ½ hour)
- WHAT - Enjoy a break from the slopes on our maintained ice rink located behind the Lodge near the pool. Hockey is not permitted on our rink as it is for recreational use only
- WHEN – Ice Skating is closed for the season
- HOW – bring your own skates or rent a pair from the front desk
- COST – free to houseguests, $5 for ice skate rental
- WHEN – The main property trails are accessible during daylight hours, 7 days a week. The Project Nature trails are accessible on Sundays from 10am-5pm. Or explore them on Saturdays by taking part in the Skiable Feast!
- HOW – Purchase your trail pass at the Activity Center.
- COST – Click Here
Project Nature Sleigh Rides
Treetops offers many events at Project Nature and in the winter we feature sleigh rides to this historic and magical property:
- WHAT – A wonderful new experience for couples or the whole family. We’ll shuttle you to a remote piece of property known as Project Nature where a fire and hot drink, the horses and sleigh await. You’ll embark on a 20-25 minute journey through the woods. The Shuttle will then return you to the main resort at Treetops. Choose the earlier ride for some daylight or choose the 2nd ride if you like the ambiance of a winter night ride.
Click here for an audio story or to view our map!
- WHEN – January 16, 23 & 30; February 13, 14, 20 & 27; March 5 & 12. Each night there will be two rides.
- 4:30pm shuttle leaves the Activity Center, (no 4:30pm ride on Feb 6)
- 5:10pm shuttle leaves the Activity Center
- 5:50pm shuttle leaves the Activity Center (2/6 & 2/14 Only)
- HOW – Advance Reservations are suggested as the Sleigh has spots for the first 16 individuals to book. You can book your spot by calling reservations.
- COST -
- 13 and up: $19
- 12 and under: free with a paying adult or teen (1 free child per 1 paid adult or teen)
- $5 for any additional children 12 and under
- WHAT – Ski under a beautiful Northern Michigan sky on a night near the full moon. About 1 km of trails will be lit, but bring a headlamp and explore more!
- WHEN –
- TIME - 7pm-9pm
- COST - Cross Country Ski Pass, (& Rental if you need it), Pick up your cross country ski pass at the Activity Center before driving yourself to Project Nature
Fat Tire Snow Biking
- WHAT – Mountain Biking meets Cross Country Skiing in this hot new sport. Take to the trails on our Main Property (Map) on a specially made Snow Bike with fat tires which make maneuvering through the snow manageable.
- WHEN – Available when conditions permit on the trails all winter long
- HOW – Reservations should be made in advance and payment is required at time of reservation. Bikes can be picked up and returned at the Activities Center.
- WHAT – The world's largest recreational ski and snowboard race program. It allows ski or snowboard racers of all ages and abilities, through a handicap system, a way to compare themselves with one another and with the national champion, regardless of when and where they race. Since the program's beginning in 1968, more than 6 million NASTAR racer days have been recorded. Many US Ski Team stars got their start ski racing in NASTAR programs. Racers earn medals depending on their time and race handicap.
- WHEN –
- Saturdays & Holiday Periods at 1pm on Loafer
- Sundays at 12pm on Loafer
- HOW – Sign up in Skier Services and join the fun on the slopes
- COST - $5 for two runs, $10 for unlimited runs
Slopestyle & RailJam Competitions
- WHAT – Treetops is a regular stop on the USASA circuit for the Great Lakes Region. Competitors compete in Slope Style, Boarder Cross, Rail Jam, Banked Slalom, Slalom and Giant Slalom. Treetops has been regarded as a favorite stop for competitors competing in the Great Lakes Series so join in the fun and competitive atmosphere that Treetops provides.
- WHAT – An amazing talent that has been entertaining for decades at northern Michigan Ski Resorts, Tommy Tropic will be a fixture at Treetops this year entertaining on and off the slopes. In addition to his act, Treetops wants you to get into the act as well. Each day Tommy is on site, he’ll set aside time to teach you how to juggle.
- WHEN –
- Saturdays – January 9 – March 12 (2pm-6pm)
- Sundays – January 17 and February 4 (2pm-6pm)
- Wednesdays – January 7 – February 25 (2pm-6pm)
- HOW – Show up on any of these dates and see a talent like you’ve never seen before…….and learn a little too
- COST – Free of charge for all to enjoy
- Click Here for recent press on Tommy Tropic
- WHAT – Gaga is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. Dubbed a kinder gentler version of dodge ball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees. Players need to keep moving to avoid getting hit by the ball.
- WHERE - Lodge Terrace behind the Oak Room
- Tournament - Saturday, January 16, 2016 2pm-4pm
- Pick-up Games – Times Vary
- COST – Free to the public
- RULES - Click Here
WHAT – Fun Filled, imaginative games led by our activities staff. A new game will be chosen each week and most take place near the Halfway Café. Games such as Human Curling, Human Bowling, Obstacle Course, SNAG Golf and more.
WHEN – Typically 2pm each Saturday and Holiday Period Day but check your weekly activity flyer for the exact time and game
HOW –Just show up and have a blast
COST - Free
WHAT – Take a break from skiing to enjoy s’mores over the fire at the Halfway Café
WHEN – 4pm on the following days: 1/16, 17, 23, 30; 2/6, 13, 14, 20, 27; 3/5, 12
HOW – Show up at the Halfway Café deck to enjoy!
COST – Free
- WHAT - Enjoy a kids movie in the Alpine Room, (Inn - lower patio level) or the Aspen Room, (Lodge)
WHEN – 7:30pm on the following days: 1/16, 23, 30; 2/6, 13, 20, 27; 3/5, 12
HOW – Check with the front desk to find out what is playing and in which location. Show up and enjoy!
COST – Free
Other Gaylord Area Activities
Gaylord Tourism Bureau
Gaylord Area Council for the Arts
Otsego County Historical Society
Call of the Wild Museum
Winter Rafting - Sturgeon River (Indian River)
Winter Rafting - Jordan River (East Jordan)
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt using GPS-enabled devices. You can do it with your smartphone! Using GPS coordinates (the app will help you), you navigate to the item hidden at that location. Usually it is a container with a log book where you can date, sign your name and leave a note. There will probably be a number of items in the container (like rubber bands, pennies, little army men). You can leave an item and then take an item.
There are a number of geocaches near Treetops and around Gaylord. Here are some resources to help you get started:
Odawa Casino – free shuttle can be coordinated for a large enough group. Contact conference services to schedule