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Upper Peninsula Skiing

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With more than 3,400 kilometers of  groomed cross-country trails and over dozens downhill Ski Centers & Resorts, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a skier's dream. A combination of  beautiful natural snowfall and snowmaking equipment assures you of an unforgettable Michigan ski getaway. We encourage you to experience Michigan's terrific slopes and trails.

Downhill Ski Resorts & Cross-Country Ski Trails

ABR Ski Trails, E5299 West Pioneer Road, Ironwood, MI 49938, Phone: (906) 932-3502.  ABR is a family operated, full service cross-country touring center, located on over 600 acres along the Montreal River in Ironwood, Michigan. ABR is noted for its reliable and consistent grooming. A trailhead warming cabin is available. Open seven days. Lodging, and rentals are available.

Al Quaal Ski Area - Mountain: 3 slopes.  3 rope tows.  Vertical Drop: 100 feet.  Facilities:  cross-country trails, snowmobile trails, toboggan run, rentals, lessons. Cross-country trails groomed regularly.  Individual and family passes available.  1500’ toboggan slide - rentals available.  (906) 486-6181

Anderson Lake Trail - Escanaba State Forest.  Groomed regularly.  No trail fee.  Donation box at trailhead.  New hiking/shoeshoe trails are not groomed.

Big Powderhorn - Mountain: 20 slopes. 9 double chairlifts, snowmaking, night skiing.  Vertical Drop: 100 feet. Facilities: access to cross-country trails, rentals, lessons, dining room, cafeteria, lounge.

Bear Track Cabins & Black River Harbor Trails, N15325 Black River Road, Ironwood, MI 49938, Phone: (906) 932-2144.  Located within the wild and picturesque Black River Harbor with winding trails through old growth forest and rugged river country, view five waterfalls, trails are marked, groomed for all levels of x-country skiers. Amenities include, night skiing, snow shoeing, lodging, instruction, trail maps. Located in Ottawa National Forest.

Bergland Ski Trail, Ottawa National Forest, Bergland Road, Bergland, MI 49910, Phone: (906) 932-1330. Scenic hardwoods and hemlock provide the backdrop. Easy to moderately difficult 2.5 mile groomed cross-country ski trail. You may find yourself sharing the trail with white tailed deer along with other fur bearing mammals and wintering songbirds. Auxiliary trail loop of 3/4 of a mile in length adds hills and short slopes of medium difficulty for the skier. Parking lot on Bergland Road 1 mile north of Hwy 28 & 64.

Blackjack Ski Resort, N11251 Blackjack Road, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 229-5115.  21 slopes, 4 double chairlifts, 2 rope tows.  Vertical Drop:  465 feet.  Facilities:  rentals, lessons, lodge, cafeteria, lounge.

Blueberry Ridge Trail - No trail fee.  Donation box at trailhead.  Groomed regularly for diagonal and skating stride.  Diagonal skiing only on Crossroads, Husky and Spartan.  Diagonal and skating allowed on Wolverine, Superior and Wildcat.  (906) 485-1031

Chi Mukwa (Big Bear) Community Recreation Center, Two Ice Circle Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783, Phone: (906) 635-7465.  Chi Mukwa is Native American for Big Bear. Owned and operated by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians this 150,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art recreational facility is one of Northern Michigan’s largest sports and fitness facilities. Public skating, skating lessons, drop-in hockey, basketball, hockey and volleyball leagues, nature trail for hiking & cross-country skiing, in-line skating.

Copper Harbor Pathway, Second Street, Copper Harbor, MI 49918, Phone: (906) 289-4215.  Features five different well marked, groomed trails of varying length and difficulty. No crowds, mild temperatures and old growth forest. A snowshoe trail is available and all the trails are designed for traditional skiing. Nearby historic Fort Wilkins. Also features 20 miles of various bike loop lengths of technical singletrack with natural obstacles, challenging climbs and fun downhills that can link with two track roads to other points of interest.

Copper Peak Ski Flying, N13870 Copper Peak Road, PO Box 159, Ironwood, MI 49938,
Phone: (906) 932-3500 - 10 miles northeast of Ironwood - 469-foot long ski flying hill permits leaps of 500 feet or more.  Chairlift to top of hill and 18-story elevator to observation deck.  Views of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  International ski flying hill and recreation complex... located near the major ski areas of western Upper Michigan, within the Ottawa National Forest and along the North Country National Scenic Trail. The only ski-flying hill in the Northern Hemisphere, it is located on Black River Road. Chairlift and elevator rides are available on weekends through the fall color season. We have a gift shop and museum on site, hiking and mountain biking trails.

Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary, Manganese Road, Copper Harbor, MI 49918, Phone: (906) 337-4579.  The Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary is a 377 acre wilderness, hiking trails, you may see several of the 85 species of birds, 23 species of ferns, 13 types of native orchids, old mine workings, rock out-cropping along with virgin cedars. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are available during winter months.

Gladstone Sports Park - Mountain, 900 North Bluff Drive, PO Box 32, Gladstone, MI 49837, Phone: (906) 428-9130, 45 slopes, T-bar, 3 rope tows, snowmaking, night skiing.  Vertical Drop:  110 feet.  Facilities:  cross-country trails, snacks.  A beginner/intermediate downhill ski facility with a 130-foot vertical drop. Snowboard terrain park with regulation halfpipe and a tubing area that includes three tube runs -- the only tubing runs with a return lift in the Upper Peninsula. Downhill run goes down the length of the Gladstone bluff. Other amenities include a lodge with snack bar and lesson program. Ice-skating rink. Clean, well run.

Hunter's Point Park, PO Box 76, Grant Township, Copper Harbor, MI 49918, Phone: (906) 289-4292. Hunter's Point is a narrow finger of land that protects Copper Harbor from the storms of Lake Superior. Access is a well-worn hiking trail that traverses the western edge of the Harbor and begins at the Copper Harbor Marina. This trail is traversed in winter by snowshoes or skis. It leads to scenic overlooks and entrances that lead to a long, angular beaches stretching over 4,800 feet and presently taking up 9.4 acres. Hunter's Point is a prime location to observe natural history, birds, plants and animals, excellent geology structure, and whatever else these beveled edges are inclined to reveal to the visitor.

Indianhead Mountain Resort - Mountain:  15 slopes, quad and triple chairlifts, 2 double chairlifts, 2 T-bars, poma lift, snowmaking.  Vertical Drop:  638 feet.  Facilities:  cross-country trails, rentals, lessons, ski-shop, cafeteria, dinning room, and lounge.

Kawbawgan Ski Trail - Groomed regularly.  (906) 249-1448

Kivela Road Trail - No trail fee.  Groomed regularly.  (906) 475-7869

Maple Lane Ski Area - Trail fee:  $2.00.  Groomed regularly.  Cross-country ski & snowshoe rentals available.  Snack and indoor warming area.  (906) 485-1636 or (906) 942-7662

Marquette City Fit Strip - Groomed regularly for skating and diagonal stride.  New loop groomed for diagonal only (906) 228-0460

Marquette Mountain - Mountain:  20 slopes, 3 double chairlifts, T-bar, rope tow, snowmaking.  Vertical Drop:  600 feet.  Facilities:  rentals, lessons and cafeteria

Meriman East Pathway, 13 miles NE of Iron Mountain, Copper Country State Forest, Iron Mountain, MI 49801, Phone: (906) 875-6622. 9.5 mile trail ideal for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing.

Milje Trails, From the vintage log cabin  to the whimsical  Finnish signs along the trails, Milje’s Cross Country Ski Trails are a  treat for the recreational skier. You can take the family or some good friends to Milje’s and ski the  diverse terrain and return to the warming cabin and enjoy a snack and a hot beverage. The classic Milje’s Ski Trails - consisting of three main loops which wind through the towering hardwood  forests and thick cedar swamps just two miles South of Wakefield on county 519, 205 Smith Street, Wakefield, MI 49968, Phone: (906) 229-5267

Mount Bohemia, Lac La Belle Road, Lac La Belle, MI 49950, Phone: (906) 289-4105.  The Mount Bohemia destination resort, promises expert skiers and snowboarders real adventure, whether its launching off the legendary Apex or Horseshoe chutes or cruising the many back country glades.  Mount Bohemia is unlike any other ski area in the Midwest.  Much of our terrain is very advanced or expert only, even by "Rocky Mountain" standards.

Mont Ripley - Mountain: 8 slopes, double chairlift, T-bar, night skiing.  Vertical Drop:  423 feet.  Facilities:  cross-country trails, rentals and lessons.

Mt. Zion Recreation Complex, Gogebic Community College, Ironwood, MI 49938, Phone: (906) 932-3718.  :  9 slopes, double chairlift, rope tow, night skiing.  Vertical Drop:  300 feet.  Facilities:  cross-country trails, rentals, lessons and  snack bar.  Ski, snowboard, snowtube. Mt. Zion is well known for very reasonable rates, numerous “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Programs” for children and snowtubing park. Owned and operated by Gogebic Community College this ski area is manned by students, has ten slopes and trails, 3km of dual cross-country trails. Terrain Park and pipe for snowboarding.

National Ski Hall of Fame - 1904 birthplace of the National Ski Association.  Exhibits feature national trophies and historica ski equipment, including replicas of 4,000-year-old skis.

Negaunee Township Trail - No trail fee.  Groomed regularly (906) 475-7869

Pine Mountain Resort, N3332 Pine Mountain Road, Iron Mountain, MI 49801, Phone: (906) 774-2747

Norway Mountain, N2090 Briar Mountain Road, PO Box 37, Norway, MI 49870, Phone: (906) 563-9700.  Terrain Park, mogul fields, table-tops, rolls, jumps and a half pipe for exciting skiing & snowboarding. Challenging to expert runs, two double chairs, one triple chair, two surface tows. 5 km cross-country ski trails. Trails groomed and snowmaking abilities. Alpine Learning Center. Ski, snowboard, boot, snowshoe and ski board rentals. Ski shop. Group rates available.

Pine Mountain Ski Jump, North 3330 Pine Mountain Road, PO Box 475, Iron Mountain, MI 49801, Toll Free: (800) 236-2447 - 300-foot-long ski jump built in 1930’s.  Permits jumps of 250 or more.

Pinery Lakes Ski Trails, Indian Cemetary Road, L'Anse, MI 49946, Phone: (906) 524-7444.  Set in a thick forest of red pines, five cross-country ski trails totaling 10 kilometers are marked and groomed for all levels of cross-country skiers. Trail maps available.

Porcupine Mountains - Mountain:  15 slopes, triple chairlift, double chairlift,  rope tow, snowmaking.  Vertical Drop: 450 feet.  Facilities:  cross-country trails, rentals, lessons, diningroom and lounge.

Presque Isle Park Trail - Groomed regularly for skating and diagonal stride.  (906) 228-0460

Rapid River Ski Trail, 8181 US Hwy 2, Hiawatha National Forest, Rapid River, MI 49878, Phone: (906) 474-6442.  Offers skiers five loops of Nordic ski trails as well as two skating loops. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful in the UP, as it winds thru towering pine covered ridges and drops into thick lowland swamps. The topography offers beginner through expert skiers a wide range of challenges, from gentle, flat terrain to long, steep hills. Traditional (27.1 mi) and skating (12.1 mi) trails, groomed.

Ski Brule, 397 Brule Mountain Road, Iron River, MI 49935, Phone: (906) 265-4957  Ski Brule offers more snow-making equipment to produce snow faster and deeper. Duplexes and luxury log chalets. New tubing park. 30 acre snowboard Terrain Park features the best table tops, ½ pipe and ¼ pipe in the Midwest. Variety of terrain offers something for everyone; steeps, terrain trails and gentle rolling trails. 23 km of tracked and groomed trails. Snowshoes are welcome on the Nordic trails as well as on the alpine trails. Tube, ski, snowboard, snowmobile and snowshoe rentals. Off the slopes families can also enjoy ice skating, sleigh rides, marshmallow roasts and torchlight parades. Kids programs.

U. S. Olympic Education Center - Located at Northern Michigan University campus.  One of four Olympic training centers in U. S. and only one that offers athletes opportunities ot earn college or high school degrees while training.  Facilities support athletic programs in biathlon, boxing, cross-country skiing, luge, short track speed skating and ski jumping.  Toursl. Hosts major events.

Wolverine Nordic Trails, 1310 E. Cloverland Drive, Ironwood, MI 49938, Phone: (906) 932-5858. Our location in Big Snow Country means having an average snowfall of 200" providing a season that starts earlier and lasts longer than other areas in the Midwest. Five different loops provide 17 kilometers of skiing for both striders and skaters. Trails are nestled in the natural rolling terrain of Lake Superior's south shore. Snowshoeing. Mountain biking.

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