Skiing in the Keweenaw

Posted on November 21st, 2017

Receiving an average of 270 inches of snow each year, the Keweenaw is home to 3 unique downhill ski areas that will have you coming back for more and more!

Sitting high above the Portage Canal, Mont Ripley has 24 runs for you to choose from with over 110 acres of ski-able terrain, a terrain park with 33 different features and an awesome tubing park with 4 lanes.  Mont Ripley is owned by MTU and is the oldest ski area in the state of Michigan!  Mont Ripley generally opens the first week of December and runs through the beginning of April most years depending on the amount of snow and offers much more than one would expect.  The Ripley Tune and Supply Shop is ready to make sure your gear is in tip-top shape before heading out for the first run of the day.  Maybe you’ve never skied or snowboarded before?  No worries, you can rent gear here too or have an instructor teach you the basics or refresh your memory if it’s been awhile since the last time you strapped your boots on.  Mont Ripley even offers ski school for the munchkins!  You can get a season pass or day pass by going here.

Named one of the “Top 10 North American Ski Resorts to Hit for the 2017-2018 Season” by UnofficialNetworks, Mount Bohemia is just one of the Keweenaw’s  hidden treasures that has been getting quite a bit of publicity lately.  Featuring almost 600 acres of expert only terrain, Mount Bohemia is the only ski resort in the Midwest to have triple black diamond runs.  If you like to ski or snowboard, this is your mecca!  Ski Magazine called Mount Bohemia the “Jackson Hole of the Midwest.”  With lodging available on site, you can spend as much time as you want on the slopes and then return to enjoy the U.P.’s largest outdoor hot tub, sauna and Log Cabin Bar.  Be sure you don’t miss their annual Season Pass Sale the first weekend of December either!  Not only do you save over $200, but you also get some free days of skiing at 7 other resorts all across the world with your Mount Bohemia Season Pass!

 

Voodoo Mountain is a new ski area that is being developed by Mount Bohemia and is the first commercial cat ski operation east of the Rockies.  Voodoo Mountain opened in 2016 and gets abundant snowfall (almost 300 inches) which is one of the key ingredients for great cat skiing and most of its runs face directly north which limits sun exposure allowing for a very late ski season. “When fully built out Voodoo Mountain will stretch almost 2.5 miles wide and encompass four peaks with skiing on two sides and dramatic views of Lake Superior. It could eventually offer more than 1400 acres of ski-able terrain making it by far the largest ski area in the Midwest.” – Vern Barber, General Manager Mount Bohemia.  To book your cat skiing adventure go here now!