Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ski Trip Runaway: Mount Bohemia, Michigan

Triple black diamonds and cliff jumping in the UP


This is the sign that greets you upon entry to Mount Bohemia, the little-known hidden gem in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that also hides the Midwest’s longest runs, highest vertical drop, and deepest powder.
Rated "one of the top 10 undiscovered ski resorts in the world" by MSN, there is no bunny hill, no snowmaking equipment, and no lines. Just 500 acres of wild, ungroomed terrain with a 900-foot vertical drop.
At this remote perch on the edge of Lake Superior, lake effect snow dumps close to 300 inches of powder annually across 94 expert runs — all but three of which are rated black diamond or above.
In other words, the perfect place for cliff jumping and navigating knee-deep powder through a crazy collection of triple-black diamond backcountry forest runs inaccessible by lift (where you ride a roving bus to get back up the mountain.)
They’ve even opened a new section this year called Middle Earth, a Tolkien-inspired nirvana of double black diamond runs named after Frodo and Gandalf.
Afterwards, drink local brews from Keweenaw Brewing Co. as you enjoy live music and Kobe burgers at the North Pole Bar, where their infamous spring-break style Mardi Gras party goes down this Friday, March 8.
Pro tip: pack aspirin.

Mount Bohemia
6532 La Belle Road, Mohawk, MI
(906) 289-4105
Price: Lift ticket $55 per day; lodging $25-255 per night here

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