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 75-minute drive north of Land O’ Lakes will take you to the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area. Downhill skiers and snowboarders can glide down 15 groomed trails and four glade trails while enjoying dramatic views of Lake Superior.
Blackjack Mountain has 22 downhill runs on 126 acres of skiable terrain. The mountain has 420 feel of vertical drop. Big Powderhorn Mountain has 33 trails for skiing and snowboarding on 250 acres. It offers 400 feet of vertical drop. Indianhead Mountain has 128 runs on 95 acres and 510 feet of vertical drop.
To reach the hills, 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.
Hours for the following ski hills vary as the season dictates.
Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort
Blackjack Ski Resort
Address: N11251 Blackjack Road, Bessemer, MI 49911
Copper Peak International Ski Flying Hill and Recreation Area
Address: N13870 Copper Peak Road, Ironwood, MI 49938
Indianhead Mountain Resort
Address: 500 Indianhead Road, Wakefield, MI 49968