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Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

U.P. Downhill Ski and Snowboard Resorts

Snow blankets Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from early November until late April. That makes us the perfect destination for downhill ski and snowboard adventures from Thanksgiving through spring break. Our nine ski resorts are located throughout the Western and Central U.P. and the downhill terrain is sure to please young families as well as extreme adrenaline junkies! Glide down sparkling groomed trails with panoramic views for miles. Snowboarders award our terrain among powdery peaks top marks. Come UP and you will find yourself extending your stay to enjoy our unique resorts and live entertainment.

Check our Downhill Ski Report to get the current conditions for our downhill ski and snowboarding destinations.

Resorts tailored to every age and ability

Big Powderhorn offers 45 runs, 253 skiable acres and three terrain parks. A wide range of lodging options are available, but please note that accommodations are individually owned and not operated by the resort. A charming Bavarian village adds to the enjoyment. Beginner through advanced runs. Located in Wakefield. 

Big Snow offers two resorts with a combined 56 runs. Beginner and intermediate (Blackjack) and advanced (Indianhead) trails with a top vertical drop of 638 feet. The resorts feature family activities and a variety of onsite lodging options. Stretch out and get your OM on at yoga or take an art class, while the kids burn the rest of their energy bouncing on the trampoline. Located in Bessemer-Wakefield.

Marquette Mountain offers 170 skiable acres, a weekly race night and it is located minutes from downtown Marquette’s restaurants and shops. Season pass holders receive discounts and deals at Big Powderhorn, Pine Mountain, Iron Mountain and Mont Ripley. Bar and grill onsite.

Mont Ripley offers 24 ski runs on 112 acres, night skiing and terrain parks. Located adjacent to the campus of Michigan Technological University, it enjoys proximity to many attractions. Beginner to advanced runs. Lodging options are located nearby. Located in Houghton on the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Mt. Bohemia appeals to extreme thrillists who need not travel out to Colorado to reach dizzying heights. Helicopter in and get a vertical drop of 900 feet on an exhilarating downhill run! Or board the CAT to experience the Midwest’s first backcountry Snowcat ski run at the resort’s new Voodoo Mountain. Shoosh through lake-effect powder along 585 skiable acres. Mt. Bohemia features eight distinct sections to choose from. Try unique lodging options, such as yurts, available onsite. Nordic spa. Located in Mohawk.

Pine Mountain offers an annual Ski Jump Festival in February that draws top jumpers from around the world. Live music and entertainment throughout the weekend. Twenty-eight ski runs range from beginner to expert level. Offers backcountry, freestyle and night skiing. One terrain park for snowboarding. Lodging and a restaurant are available onsite. Located in Iron Mountain.

Porcupine Mountain ski area UPs the game. Offering skiing with a side of breathtaking nature, the mountain is situated within the “Porkies” 60,000 pristine acres of wilderness. The park has earned the moniker, “the place that mother nature takes her children!” Downhill skiers and snowboarders enjoy 15 groomed ski trails and four glade trails. The ski area is also home to the annual Midwest Telefest, a telemark (free-heel skiing) event held in February. Lodging is available in nearby towns. Located in Ontonagon.

Ski Brule is among the top destinations for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. With 17 ski runs that range from beginner to expert on 150 acres. This friendly resort is famous for its excellent service and has a family program. Kids of all ages will love the festive sleigh rides. Catch some air in three diverse terrain parks catering to all ability levels. Ski Brule Village offers chalets tucked into the north woods – ideal for groups and families. Shopping and dining onsite in the village. Located in Iron River.

Break from the action and immerse in some history

Learn about past champions at the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Ishpeming. Established in 1954, the Hall of Fame honors 430 men and women whose contributions and achievements have enriched the sport of skiing. The building reflects Nordic and alpine skiing in its architecture.