On Lake Superior, the real North Shore starts in Thunder Bay, a sprawling port town an hour north of Grand Marais, Minn.
The Nor'Wester Mountains rise within city limits, giving it great downhill skiing, and it has plenty of nordic skiing, too.
Where to ski: For downhill, Loch Lomond (pictured) and Mount Baldy, north of town.
For cross-country skiing, there are more than 100 kilometers of groomed trails at Kamview Nordic Ski Centre and Sleeping Giant and Kakabeka Falls provincial parks.
Events to catch: March 2, Sleeping Giant Loppet, with races of 8, 20, 35 and 50 kilometers.
Details: See Downhill in Thunder Bay.