Think you can’t go extreme skiing in Michigan? You can! Mount Bohemia Adventure Resort at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has the longest runs with the highest vertical and deepest powder in the Midwest. This is the ultimate adrenaline rush for expert backcountry and snowcat skiers. It comes as no surprise that Mount Bohemia was recently crowned the Best Ski Resort in North America by USA Today's 10Best Readers Choice Awards.
THE JOURNEY TO THE TOP
The USA Today's 10Best Readers Choice Awards are based on readers’ picks in specific categories. Throughout the year, the publication’s travel experts select the top 20 nominees in contests covering food, lodging, destinations, travel gear, things to do … the list goes on. During each contest, readers cast their votes up to once per day until the winner is determined.
Mount Bohemia drew top honors with its impressive 900-foot vertical drop, 42 runs through pristine wilderness, including its remote backcountry Voodoo Mountain only accessible by a 20-person snowcat cab. But what stands out is this mountain region’s annual snowfall generated by Lake Superior’s powerful, natural snow machine. Up to 273 inches of dry, fluffy powder blanket the area before the spring thaw.
Another factor that sets Mount Bohemia apart is its approach to maintaining its ski runs. Unlike many resorts that groom theirs, Mount Bohemia keeps its runs, the surrounding glades and white-knuckle chutes in a natural state. In the morning, you can be the first to make tracks. It’s a raw, exhilarating skiing experience you will rarely find elsewhere.
TESTING THE METTLE OF THE MOUNTAIN
Mount Bohemia's 10Best victory was forged against stiff competition. It secured the No. 1 position ahead of renowned ski resorts like Banff Sunshine Village in Banff, Alberta and Winter Park Resort in Winter Park, Colorado. This achievement not only cements Mount Bohemia's status as a premier ski resort in North America but also shines a spotlight on the often-overlooked skiing opportunities in Michigan.
A HISTORY OF MOUNT BOHEMIA
In the early 1900s, the area around Mount Bohemia was vastly different from the bustling ski resort it is today. It was largely untouched, dominated by dense forests and abundant wildlife, making it a hub for outdoor activities like hunting and fishing rather than winter sports. The area's isolation and rugged terrain gave it a unique, untamed character.
In the late 20th century, the potential of Mount Bohemia was realized for winter sports. The annual snowfall, challenging terrain and natural beauty made it an ideal location for a ski resort.
The development of Mount Bohemia Adventure Resort was a significant turning point for the region. Careful planning was required to balance the development of ski trails and facilities with the preservation of nature. The resort was designed to cater to skiers looking for a more adventurous and challenging experience, with a focus on keeping the trails as untouched and rugged as the landscape itself.
Today, Mount Bohemia stands out as a unique destination in the world of ski resorts. This blend of natural beauty and adventurous, backcountry skiing continues to attract the gutsiest, most thrill-seeking skiers.
Planning your Visit
Just remember, Mount Bohemia has no bunny hill. The resort’s motto is "No beginners allowed." But for experienced skiers and snowboarders who crave a challenge and a taste of the true backcountry, it's paradise. Want to set out on a skiing adventure this winter? Mount Bohemia awaits. For more information about lodgings, amenities and maps, start your planning here today.