Downhill Skiing


Our area is famous for the quantity and quality of the snowfall it receives each winter.  We receive over 17 feet of pristine, natural snow thanks to Lake Effect snow blowing off of majestic Lake Superior.  Big Snow Country is perfectly position to receive these Lake Effect snows as the cold air picks up moisture for Lake Superior and dumps it onto the high terrain of Big Snow Country.

Here’s our recipe for a great ski vacation:
Combine 17 feet of average natural snowfall with incredible views of Upper Peninsula forests. Add a dash of renowned grooming, family friendly specials, and a down-home staff who treats you like family. Throw in a charming Bavarian style village with a complimentary shuttle and you have the makings for an unforgettable winter getaway!

Big Powderhorn Mountain
Bessemer, MI 49911
Skiing information: 906-932-4838
Vertical 600 ft   33 Runs

Big Powderhorn offers 9 chairlifts, 24 trails, kinderschool, and a professional ski school. There is also an outdoor ice rink, 3 restaurants and a lounge, and trailside decks and wine huts.

Blackjack Ski Resort   Vertical 465 ft   26 Runs
Blackjack Road, Bessemer, MI 49911
Skiing information: 906-229-5115
Vertical 465 ft   22 Runs

Blackjack offers 20 trails, snowboarding park and Nastar racing. There are snowboard lessons and rental, a ski school, children’s programs and a nursery available. New to Blackjack is a “Just For Kids” beginner area. Family lift tickets are available and lift and lodging specials are offered.

Indianhead Mountain Ski Resort
500 Indianhead Road, Wakefield, MI 49968
Vertical 638 ft  29 Runs

Indianhead is unique. The resort village is located at the top of the Mountain, with spectacular views of the Ottawa National Forest.

Nine lifts and tows service the trails where you can ski and enjoy the thrill of U.P. Skiing at it’s finest. Mother Nature’s natural snow is enhanced even further with the help of 52 snow guns at Indianhead Mountain! Indianhead offers the most skiable terrain in Big Snow Country, 180 acres with a 638-foot vertical drop! It’s even got a snowboard park and half pipe bump run as well as complete resort facilities.  Indianhead boasts award-winning dining, lodging, live entertainment and full-service conference/banquet facilities.

Mt. Zion Ski Area
Located at Gogebic Community College Jackson Road, Ironwood, MI 49938

The oldest ski area in “Big Snow Country”. Mt. Zion is owned by Gogebic Community College and is operated by its Ski Area Management Program. Mt. Zion has a 300 vertical drop and has 9 slopes and trails. Downhill and snowboard rentals are available. Two kilometers of groomed and track cross-country ski trails are available. Mt. Zion offers reasonable skiing and rental rates.

Porcupine Mountains Skiing Area
Silver City, MI

Nestled area along the shore of Lake Superior, the Porcupine Mountains offer 7 intermediate trails, 5 challenging expert trails and 3 novice trails at total of 15 trails. Panoramic views over Lake Superior and the park’s rugged backcountry offer skiers some of the most spectacular winter scenery in the Midwest.

The “Porkies” has a triple chairlift and T-bar serve the Eastern Summit, a double chairlift serves the Western Summit and an easy to use handle tow serves the “Bunny” slope. An A – frame chalet located at the foot of the sprawling Hiawatha Run houses fireplaces, ski shop, food service, and National Ski Patrol first aid. Lessons are available. The area also offers a top-notch 42-km cross-country trail system.

Whitecap Mountains Skiing Resort
Montreal, WI
800-933-7669 or 715-561-2227
Vertical 400 ft  43 Runs

A four season Tyrolean style village, Whitecap hosts winter skiing vacations and summer vacations. The resort offers skiing in the winter and horseback riding fishing, boating, hiking and golfing during the summer. Lodging available includes lavish trailside deluxe chalets, spacious condos in the heart of the Ski Village or motel suites and rooms. Visitors can ski from their doorstep. There are 35 master designed ski runs and trails with chairlifts offering a variety of options to match anyone’s skiing ability.