Launch a ski adventure in mining country
Ancient mountain ranges have long beckoned adventurers along the Gogebic Range, a rugged region of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that was once mining country. Thousands of people were once lured here by the high-grade Bessemer ore. Today, there’s a new treasure that lures people to these hills – some of the best skiing in the Midwest. You’ll discover ski resorts that offer beautiful runs appropriate for all levels, from easy skiing green hills to challenging black diamond runs. You’ll also find a lot of snow; this area is called Big Snow Country because it receives more than 200 inches of snow annually, thanks to the feet of lake effect powder it gets from Lake Superior.
A scenic 70-minute drive north of Land O’ Lakes will take you to the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area. Downhill skiers and snowboarders can glide down 3 beginner, 8 intermediate, and 9 expert runs while enjoying dramatic views of Lake Superior.
To reach the hills near Bessemer, Michigan, take Highway 45 north to Highway 2 in Watersmeet. Head west 48 miles and then 8 miles north to the ski hills. The hills are an easy day trip from Land O’ Lakes, so spend a day skiing and be back in time for dinner. Head to this beautiful country and create your own ski adventure in iron country. There’s treasure in these hills.
Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort
- 622 Feet of Vertical
- 45 Breathtaking runs
- 60 Minutes from Land O’ Lakes
Address: N11375 Powderhorn Road, Bessemer, MI 49911
Big Snow Resort
- 2 Great resorts (Indianhead & Blackjack)
- 56 Trails
- 55 Minutes from Land O’ Lakes
Address: N11251 Blackjack Road, Bessemer, MI 49911
Porcupine Mountains Ski Area
- 670 Feet of vertical
- 20 Ski runs
- 70 Minutes from Land O’ Lakes
Address: Highway M-107, Ontonagon, MI 49953