Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort Guide: Midwest Ski Capital

Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort

To the surprise of many still, Midwest skiing does indeed happen. One of these places to remember where it happens, is Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Heading that way for some western Upper Peninsula Skiing? Follow along on this guide to learn all you need too about the “Ski Capital of the Midwest”

Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort Guide

  • Getting to Big Powderhorn
  • Lift Tickets and Season Passes
  • The Mountain Experience 
  • Apres Ski 
  • Powderhorn Lodging 
  • Best Things to do in the Area
  • Covid-19 Protocol at the Mountain
  • More Midwest Skiing

Getting to Big Powderhorn

Big Powderhorn is one of the closest Ski Resorts to Wisconsin, which makes it a big draw for cheese heads. Wisconsin folks can enter Ironwood from their respective Highway of 2/51/77.

For folks coming from the Central and Eastern UP, either take Highway 2 (south route) or follow your respective Highway 41/141/28 combo 

Lift Tickets and Season Passes

Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort Lift Ticket

Adult Lift Tickets cost $75 while season passes are $459

Big Powderhorn is also apart of the second year operating, Indy Pass, that gives riders 2 days of riding at over 50 resorts for $259. Make sure to remember this if you have purchased your Indy Pass!

Also, kudos to Mt. Bohemia for partnering on 3 free ski days here if you bought a Mt. Bohemia Season Pass.

Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort Experience

Living up to it’s name, Big Powderhorn brings big family fun. Running 9 double chairlifts with more than 45 trails, skiers and snowboarders will have more than enough for a full day of fun. What’s great about the mountain is the easy ability to traverse the entire mountain relatively effortlessly. 

With it’s well placed chairlifts and 253 skiable acres, the 650 feet of vertical funnels well from top to bottom.

Families will love the range of terrain from challenging to very easy, alongside ski in and ski out options. 

Apres Ski

For the folks hanging around the area, head into Ironwood for more of a scene or and grab something to eat at the Iron Nugget! If you brought your ice fishing gear and still have enough energy, Lake Gogebic is one of the best places to ice fish in Michigan!

Powderhorn Lodging

All lodgings have a 2 night minimum with some at the 3 night level. Variety is the name here as the resort offers a variety of lodging options, even including Ski In and out chalets!

For those who are staying in Ironwood/Bessemer, options are abundant. I’d recommend staying in Ironwood as there are more options and things to do. Some spots include:

Best Things to do in Area

For the skiers looking to check all the Michigan ski resorts off of their list, head over to Big Snow Resort just around the corner for two mountains for the price of one! 

Cold Iron Brewing in downtown Ironwood is a quality brewery with ample space and a lovely outdoor patio. If you’re in need of some amazing Coffee, head over to Contrast Coffee (just around the corner from Cold Iron Brewing) for some quality joe.

Covid-19 Response at Powderhorn

Like every other Ski Resort around the country, Powderhorn is playing their part in providing a safe and enjoyable time during this pandemic. You will notice immediately that they offer a drive through ticket window to limit exposure inside the lodge. Other reminders are posted as well as a order and go options on the second floor cafeteria.

More Midwest Skiing

I know it sounds weird, but the Midwest offers a plethora of Ski resorts to choose from! Follow this blog post to find some of the Best Places to Ski in Michigan. Heading to Marquette? Contact me if you want to book a Marquette Photo session or have any other questions about the area!

Thank you for reading and see you soon! Where’s your favorite place to ski in the Midwest?

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