The Ultimate Guide to Skiing in Big Snow Country – Ironwood, MI

Growing up in Bessemer, Michigan in the Western UP when I was younger I often took for granted how great the skiing was right here in my hometown, an area known as Big Snow Country. Having multiple ski hills within minutes of my house was just the norm and I didn’t think twice. When I was younger, I learned to ski at Mt. Zion and Indianhead.  To me, this was just what everyone had.  It wasn’t until after going to college at Northern Michigan University and moving away for jobs in the Green Bay and Milwaukee areas that I started to realize how great it really was in the UP.  After a little more than a decade away from home, I moved back to the Western UP realizing what a gem it really was.

Having lived in Big Snow Country for most of my life, I often get asked about what activities there are to do, where to eat, where to get a drink, and where to shop as well as what ski hills are the best and what to expect there.  The last few years, I have been a part of multiple Facebook groups related to Midwest skiing and usually try to help people out when they are traveling to ski in the Upper Peninsula.  It seemed that I was repeating myself over and over in these Facebook groups with tips, recommendations, and suggestions. Also, as I was learning even more about these and other hills throughout the Midwest I started getting very interested in skiing in the area. I would find information on ski hills I didn’t know existed, ski hills that used to be around in the past, new facts about places I’ve been to, and the history and people involved in this sport we all love.

Because of this, I decided to start this website called Ski Da UP where I can share what I find about skiing in (and outside of) the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  To kick this off, I decided to create a guide to skiing in my hometown since that’s the place I know best.  Right here in the Ironwood/Bessemer/Wakefield/Hurley area there are six of the best ski hills in the Midwest:

With this level of ski hills plus the amount of lake effect snow that our giant snow gun called Lake Superior produces, you may want to call Big Snow Country the Skiing Mecca of the Midwest.  Whether you are a long time visitor, a newbie to UP skiing, or someone who lives here or nearby I am her to help you navigate your Western UP ski journey with The Ultimate Guide to Skiing in Big Snow Country!

The Ultimate Guide to Skiing in Big Snow Country will be a series of blog posts outlining many different things you need to know about the area.  I’ll be releasing these posts over time as I am able to.  I still have my day job to worry about, but you can also support me here by buying some Ski Da UP, Eh! swag (coming soon). If you have anything else you’d like to see in this guide, feel free to contact me.  I know things change over time, so the plan is to keep this guide updated yearly with the latest information.

Now, on to the guide!

The Ultimate Guide to Skiing in Big Snow Country

  1. A brief history of skiing in Big Snow Country
  2. Ski Hill Guides
    1. The Ultimate Guide to Skiing at Snowriver Mountain Resort – Jackson Creek Summit (Indianhead)
    2. The Ultimate Guide to Skiing at Snowriver Mountain Resort – Black River Basin (Blackjack)
    3. The Ultimate Guide to Skiing at Big Powderhorn Resort
    4. The Ultimate Guide to Skiing at Whitecap Mountains Resort
    5. The Ultimate Guide to Skiing at the Porkies (Porcupine Mountains Ski Area)
    6. The Ultimate Guide to Skiing at Mt. Zion Ski Hill
  3. The Ultimate Guide to Ski Shops and Rentals While Skiing in Big Snow Country
  4. The Ultimate Guide to Dining While Skiing in Big Snow Country
  5. The Ultimate Guide to Après Ski and Drinks While Skiing in Big Snow Country
  6. The Ultimate Guide to Lodging While Skiing in Big Snow Country
  7. The Ultimate Guide on What to Do While Not Skiing in Big Snow Country
  8. The Ultimate Guide to Shopping While Skiing in Big Snow Country
  9. The Ultimate Guide to Transportation to and Around Big Snow Country

Dustin Filippini