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Frosty Fun: Enjoying the bone-chilling West Michigan winter

Written by  Kyle Austin and Jessica Smith
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North American Snow Festival
The North American Snow Festival in Cadillac kicks off with a chili cook-off, leading into Friday's events, which include a fun run, speed fishing and a Texas hold 'em tournament. On Saturday, festival-goers can stuff their faces at the hot dog eating contest, freeze their butts off in the polar plunge and watch as snowmobilers light the night in the parade of lights. On Sunday, entertain yourself with some ice fishing, lake sled races and skiing (with discounted lift tickets at Ski Caberfae Peaks Resort).

North American Snow Festival
Downtown Cadillac
Jan. 31-Feb. 3

GRD Pond Hockey Classic
Rose's on Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids plays host to more than 60 teams for the GRD Pond Hockey Classic. Team size ranges from six to eight players and all must be at least 21 to participate.

GRD Pond Hockey Classic
Rose's on Reeds Lake, East Grand Rapids
Jan. 18-20
$375 per team

Paintball Time at Crystal Mountain
Extreme paintballers and daring rookies (12 & up) alike can battle the elements and their opponents with 200 rounds of paintballs and pure adrenaline at the Winter Woods Paintball Course. Shooters can also test their aim with 200 rounds at the paintball Target Time.

Paintball Time
Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 4-5 p.m.; Saturday, 3-5 p.m.
Paintball Course $19
Target Time $10, (231) 378-2000

Dog Sled Rides
Ride through historic backcountry slopes of Caberfae Peaks pulled by a pack of Wiggi's Mountain-Side Huskies. Mush through three-and-a-half miles of the surrounding national forest through old skiing trails. Dog sled rides are offered every 30 minutes on select dates and each basket carries up to 350 pounds.

Dog Sled Races
Ski Caberfae Peaks Resort, Cadillac
January through March
Ride dates vary
$65 per sled, (231) 862-3000

Luge Run
Take a plunge down the 850-foot luge track, which was designed by three-time Olympian Frank Masley. This track provides an Olympic-like experience with the safety of beginning riders in mind. A one-day pass includes a learning session with coaches on hand to assist lugers.

Luge Run
Muskegon Sports Complex
$40 per person, (231) 744-9629

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