The Western U.P. of Michigan is “Big Snow Country”, and there are plenty of ski resorts in the area to keep even the most enthusiastic and adventurous skier busy! Whether your interests are in downhill or cross-country, we offer a multitude of options.
Big Powderhorn Mountain
N11375 Powderhorn Road, Bessemer, MI 49911
Phone: 906-932-4838 or 800-501-7669 (Midwest Callers)
Glide your skis or board along 26 freshly groomed trails ,9 chairlifts, across 250 acres of breathtaking Upper Peninsula forest. There is also an outdoor ice rink, 3 restaurants and a lounge, and trailside decks and wine huts where you can cozy up to a crackling fire. This is the magic of Big Powderhorn Mountain.
Blackjack Ski Resort
Blackjack Road, Bessemer, MI 49911
Blackjack offers 20 trails, 2 Half Pipes & 2 snowboarding park and Nastar racing on 101 skiable acres with 360 total acres with vertical drop of 465 ft.. There are snowboard lessons and rental, a ski school, children’s programs and a nursery available. New to Blackjack is a “Just For Kids” beginner area. Family lift tickets are available. Snowboards welcome on all runs.
LIFTS: 4 Double Chairlifts & 2 Rope Tows; Uphill capacity 4800 skiers per hour.
AVERAGE SNOWFALL: 210 inches – over 10 year average.
TYPE OF SKIING: 20% easiest, 40% intermediate and 40% most difficult.
Indianhead Mountain Resort
500 Indianhead Road, Wakefield, MI 49968
Owned and operated by adventurous skiers who know how to compete in the snow business, Indianhead Mountain is a place where every skier is a part of the adventure! Spectacular views of the Ottawa National Forest.
Indianhead offers the most skiable terrain in Big Snow Country, 180 acres with a 638-foot vertical drop! It’s even got a snowboard park and half pipe bump run. Nine lifts and tows service the trails where you can ski and enjoy the thrill of U.P. Skiing at it’s finest. Mother Nature’s natural snow is enhanced even further with the help of 52 snow guns at Indianhead Mountain!
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
412 South Boundary Road, Ontonagon, MI 49953
You’ll experience the highest vertical drop in Michigan or Wisconsin and you’ll see spectacular, panoramic views of Lake Superior. The Porkies are home to one of the first alpine ski areas in the Midwest as well as some of the most scenic Nordic ski trails in the entire Great Lakes region.
Sporting a vertical drop of 641 feet, the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area has 15 runs that are served by a triple chair, double chair, T-bar, and handle tow. The chalet offers ski and snowboard rentals, pro shop, rest rooms, fireplaces, public phone, National Ski Patrol, and cafeteria. Lessons are available. The area also offers a topnotch 42-km cross-country trail system.
highway 77 / County Road E, Montreal, WI 54550
800-933-7669 or 715-561-2776
Whitecap’s 3 Mountains and 35 downhill runs offer variety and thrills unmatched in the Midwest. With trail ratings from Beginner Green Circles to Expert Double Diamonds, novices, intermediates and seasoned experts will find terrain matched to their daring and skills. Carved amidst the trees in the land of the Grinderwald, or dance playfully over the bumps of Kilimanjaro. From te serene to the extreme, exceptionally diverse terrain is a hallmark of the Whitecap Mountains. Plus, our 6 chairlifts serve over 6,000 skiers an hour. Whitecap’s wooded and groomed trails are the perfect challenge for today’s skers and snowboarders.
Mt. Zion Ski Area
Located at Community College Jackson Road, Ironwood, MI 49938
The oldest ski area in “Big Snow Country”. Mt. Zion is owned by Gogebic Community College and is operated by its Ski Area Management Program. Mt. Zion has a 300 vertical drop and has 9 slopes and trails. Downhill and snowboard rentals are available. Two kilometers of groomed and track cross-country ski trails are available. Mt. Zion offers reasonable skiing and rental rates.
Cross Country Skiing
E5299 West Pioneer Road, Ironwood, Michigan 49938
30 KM of Cross Country Ski Trails. Pisten Bully groomed for skating and diagonal striding, and backcountry ski/snowshoe trails. Located on over 350 acres of private land of varied terrain.