Mount Bohemia beat out some stiff competition to finish in the top 4 of Powder Magazine’s 2014 Ski Town Throwdown. Today, Mount Bohemia’s Lonie Glieberman tells us why Mount Bohemia is the ultimate destination for ski enthusiasts all over the country.
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Mount Bohemia, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has the highest vertical, most snow, and the most expert terrain in the Midwest. What makes Mount Bohemia so special? It has Western Mountain terrain right here in the Midwest – hundreds of acres of tree skiing, chutes, and cliff drops scattered all over the mountain. In fact, Mount Bohemia is rated #1 for powder skiing east of the Rockies by Powder Magazine and called “one of the top ten undiscovered ski resorts in the world” by MSN.com!
Here are 6 reasons to have a winter adventure at Mount Bohemia this season:
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All natural – All the time: That’s right. Mount Bohemia is all natural snow with no grooming. There is powder on all 500 acres of terrain. And with an average snowfall of over 273 inches!
Over 500 acres of terrain: Imagine skiing all sides of the mountain with more expert terrain than virtually any ski resort east of the Rockies. The eight distinct sections of Bohemia have over 94 different runs. This much skiable acreage offers expert and advanced skiers and snowboarders the most diverse and challenging expert terrain east of the Rockies.
$99 season pass sale: Yes, Mount Bohemia has a one day season pass sale this Saturday December 7th. You can get a season pass for only $99 when you buy online at mtbohemia.com. Please remember this is only available on Saturday December 7th
New section opening this season: Mount Bohemia is adding a whole new section for skiing and snowboarding this season. The new section called The Middle Earth is located on the far east side of the mountain. The five new Middle Earth runs are glade runs (tree skiing) and there are a few small cliff drops and chutes in this area.
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Lodging on the mountain: Mount Bohemia has twelve trailside cabins, hostel, and five yurts. All of these units are ski-in and ski-out. Each cabin sleeps four people and the Yurts sleep ten.
Inn on Lac Labelle: Mount Bohemia’s newest lodging property is located just ¼ mile from the ski resort. The Inn located right on the lake has three private rooms that share two bathrooms and a large common area.
For more information, visit mtbohemia.com. Be sure to get your $99 season pass on Saturday, December 7th!
Our Pure Michigan winter is just a few weeks away! If you’re looking forward to hitting the slopes this season, Mickey MacWilliams, Executive Director of the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association, has the scoop on how to take advantage of some great ski and snowboard deals in Michigan this winter!
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The Farmers Almanac is forecasting a winter with below-average temperatures for the Great Lakes Region and skiers and boarders can look forward to a fun-filled winter with plenty of places to enjoy Michigan’s snow-filled slopes and trails. With 50 ski areas, boasting over 260 lifts, about 1,000 runs, more than 90 terrain parks and hundreds of kilometers of groomed cross-country trails, there is something for everyone.
Ski areas are always looking for ways to increase enjoyment for skiers and snowboarders. Through the years, slope maintenance and snowmaking capabilities have improved dramatically, so much so that even if there is no snow at home, the ski slopes can be covered when the weather turns cold. In addition, this year there have been numerous capital investments in ski slopes, lodging facilities and snowmaking/grooming equipment. Mt. Brighton in Brighton was purchased by Vail Resorts and underwent a $10 million facelift. Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville invested $4 million in updates, including three new runs, Caberfae Peaks in Cadillac and Mt. Bohemia the Keweenaw Peninsula both opened up new backcountry terrain, and Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands have received over $3 million in upgrades, just to name a few. A complete list of what’s new on Michigan’s slopes and trails is available at goskimichigan.com.
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This is important stuff for skiers and boarders, but for those who aren’t, 24 ski areas across the state have teamed up with Michigan McDonald’s restaurants to offer a popular and very affordable introduction to skiing and snowboarding, called Discover Michigan Skiing. The program includes: a beginner lesson, ski or snowboard rental equipment and a beginner-area ski lift pass or cross-country trail pass. Twenty-four ski facilities are offering the package, which will be honored from January 2 through January 31, 2014. The prices for the Discover Michigan Skiing program are: $20 for Discover Michigan Cross-Country Skiing; $30 for Discover Michigan Downhill Skiing; and $40 for Discover Michigan Snowboarding. The program is open to everyone 7 years and older.
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To sign up, interested beginners must have a Discover Michigan Skiing Value Voucher. They will be available in December at participating Michigan McDonald’s restaurants and MSIA retail ski stores while quantities last. A printable voucher is also available online at goskimichigan.com. Participants choose the ski area they wish to visit and then must call to pre-register. Program times differ from ski area to ski area.
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Parents with children in fourth grade will be thrilled to learn that fourth-grade students ski free in Michigan with the Cold is Cool Ski & Ride Passport, which includes up to three “visas” for free skiing at each of the 21 participating ski areas, plus additional coupons and discounts on rental equipment, lessons and more. Applications for the Cold is Cool Passport are available at participating MSIA ski shops and online at goskimichigan.com. Although the skiing is free, MSIA charges a $15 printing and shipping fee for each passport ordered.
Check this link to see the opening dates of ski areas across the state.
Where do you like to hit the slopes in Michigan?
Mickey MacWilliams is the executive director of the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association, which represents the ski and snowboard industry in our state. She is an avid downhill and cross-country skier and a very timid but enthusiastic snowboarder. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Michigan’s beautiful winter weather provides premium opportunities for winter sports fans to enjoy the season. Skiers and snowboarders can look forward to an exciting winter with many places to enjoy Michigan’s snow-filled slopes and trails. With 51 ski areas, more than 260 lifts, nearly 1,000 runs, more than 50 terrain parks and hundreds of kilometers of groomed cross-country trails, everyone can find the perfect place to enjoy some Pure Michigan snow.
Michigan’s ski resorts are constantly working to improve and grow to ensure skiers and snowboarders are having the best experience. This includes things like a new tow rope at Mt. Holiday in Traverse City, a larger ski shop at Mont Ripley in Houghton and new snow technology and special events at resorts across the state.
The following is a rundown of other improvements and special offers for the 2012-2013 season:
Big Powderhorn, Bessemer, Mich.
Big Powderhorn is celebrating the first full winter season for the new Gun Barrel Lodge, which has received high praise for its convenient and modern design features. 1-800-501-SNOW (7669)
Blackjack Resort, Bessemer, Mich.
At Blackjack Resort, there are continued improvements in snowmaking as well as added glade skiing (runs cut through the trees). 906-229-5115
Pine Mountain, Iron Mountain, Mich.
Pine Mountain will partner with the Kiwanis Ski Club to host the Pine Mountain Ski Jump Weekend. The top jumpers in the world will be participating in this event. 906-774-2747
Mount Bohemia, Keweenaw Peninsula, Mich.
This season brings the addition of new runs and a new snocat skiing area. 231-420-5405
Marquette Mountain, Marquette, Mich.
Nine new gladed runs were marked for this year and snowmaking capacity has been increased with the purchase of additional snowmaking guns. In addition, Marquette Mountain is adding more weekday hours by opening at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. 906-225-1155
Nub’s Nob Ski Area, Harbor Springs, Mich.
Nub’s Nob has added six guns to the Easy Mile Slope bringing the total snowgun arsenal to 282. They increased snowmaking capacity and made some significant changes in distribution infrastructure with the addition of six guns to the Easy Mile Slope, bringing their total snowgun arsenal to 282. New grooming machines were also purchased. Families will be excited about the addition of a “just for kids” trail on the Nub’s Nob South. Additional night lighting was added to sections of Nub’s South and Dorie’s Bowl. 231-526-2131 or 1-800-SKI-NUBS
Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs, Mich.
Boyne Highlands is featuring a new spa facility available to guests this winter, in addition to upgrades at the Main Lodge. Snowmaking capacity has been increased with the addition of 40 fan guns and the resort has added electronic live-time signage at the base of the slopes providing easy access to the open/close status of trails and chairlifts. Boyne Highlands has partnered with Burton Snowboards to develop Riglet Park for the 2012-2013 season. Riglet Parks offer on-snow play areas with fun terrain and features designed to introduce children ages 3 to 6 to snowboarding. 1-800-GO-BOYNE
Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, Mich.
Snowmaking efficiency and capacity has been upgraded with the installation of an additional 1,000 gallons-per-minute water pump and ten fan guns. New live-time signage provides immediate access to the open/close status of trails and chairlifts, and Boyne Mountain’s beginner chairlift, Boyneland, will see increased up-hill capacity this season with the addition of 13 triple chairs on the lift. Boyne Mountain is also introducing a Riglet Park this winter and opening a Burton-exclusive store at the resort. Boyne Mountain’s tubing park is being expanded and the resort is introducing winter fly fishing trips. 1-800-GO-BOYNE
Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire, Mich.,
In partnership with Monster Energy, major renovations and expansion of terrain parks have been completed. The ski area is retiring its half pipe and in its place adding Big Air ramps and landings to Elf Shelf. In addition, they are adding a beginner’s terrain park called “Low Rider.” Like many other ski areas, Shanty Creek has made improvements to its snowmaking equipment by adding ten new snow guns. For the cross-country skier, Shanty Creek is doubling the lighting on Moonlite Run. For additional diverse winter activity, they have expanded the tubing park and snowmobile rentals are returning this winter. 1-800-678-4111
Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville, Mich.
Crystal Mountain is adding snow bikes this winter for northern Michigan’s only dedicated snow bike trail system. The resort has also added to their snowmaking capacity this year with new water pipes and more snow guns. More than half of the Wintergreen condominiums units have been upgraded with new kitchens and bathrooms. 1-800-968-7686 or 231-378-2000
Caberfae Peaks, Cadillac, Mich. Thirty-two additional energy-efficient snowmaking fan guns, along with the expansion of the snowmaking reservoir, several snowmaking pipe installations and various electrical upgrades all add up to a major increase in snow making ability. A new Bombardier Snow Groomer will assist with keeping all that snow groomed for skiing. 231-862-3000
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, Mich.
The resort has extended the Rolling Hills Trail and installed a big outdoor bonfire pit on the sun deck of the Stone Turtle Day Lodge. Every full moon during the ski season (snow permitting) Cross Country Ski Headquarters will light the Trapper’s Cabin ski trail with torches, creating a truly unique and memorable nighttime experience. 989-821-6661
Snow Snake Ski & Golf, Harrison, Mich.
The beginner terrain park, introduced mid-season last year, is now a permanent fixture, in addition to the main terrain park. The Zip Line, which will be open this winter, received new, upgraded landings. 989-539-6583
Mt. Holly, Holly, Mich.
The snowmaking system was expanded by adding a pump and piping which will increase water output by approximately 20 percent. More water means more snow when temperatures dip below 28 degrees this winter. 248-634-8269
Learn more about skiing in Michigan in the video below, from the Pure Michigan winter video series:
For more on skiing and snowboarding across Michigan, visit michigan.org.
Where in Michigan will you be hitting the slopes this winter? Share with us below!