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Mt. Bohemia, Michigan Hot

Ice Fall at Mt. BohemiaMt. Bohemia in Northern MichiganNorthern Michigan has been referred to as “Southern Canada” so it only makes sense to have a ski resort not far from the border. Mt. Bohemia is located on a peninsula of land on Lake Superior neighboring Thunder Bay, Canada across the water.

Offering over 900 feet in vertical drop and 75 runs to play on, this resort resembles that of its Western brethren. The average 270 inches of lake effect snow that drops here stays powdery and light on the slopes.  However, you won’t find any cat tracks here. This is fresh, natural backcountry skiing/snowboarding heaven for the extreme-minded only.

As expected, it’s certainly not a huge resort in comparison to more well-known Rocky Mountain resorts. It is, however, known as the hidden gem of the Midwest. There are no five-star hotels or two Michelin star restaurants. You can bunk up at a ski-in/ski-out cabin, yurt or hostel.

If you’re looking for a glamorized and pampered ski vacation full of spa days split with lessons on the mountain, you won’t find it at Mount Bohemia. But if you’re looking for serious terrain and an intense adventure, head to Michigan. Make it more fun and exuberant and plan for Mardi Gras Madness, St. Patty’s weekend or their Birthday Bash.

Facts and figures:

  •          Mount Bohemia earned Skiing Magazine’s Best of the Midwest in 2010
  •          Offers the longest runs, deepest powder and largest terrain in the Midwest
  •          Two chair lifts servicing the mountain
  •          Five new runs were added for 2010-2011 season
  •          Rentals available at base of mountain
  •          Lift tickets are $50 per day (via credit or debit card) or $52 if paid in cash


Colleen Flynn

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