Marquette Mountain: Ski Here in the Upper Peninsula NOW

Michigan probably doesn’t jump on your list when the topic of Skiing or Snowboarding comes up. Surprisingly enough, Michigan has more ski resorts than any other state. Luckily for those who live in Marquette, we have a Michigan Ski Resort in our backyard. Here you will find everything you need for your day on the hill at Marquette Mountain.

Where is Marquette Mountain?

Marquette Mountain is located at 4501 M-553, Marquette, MI 49855. If that address doesn’t resonate with you, here is a google map. The hill is about a 10 minute drive from the heart of downtown and can even be closer than that depending on road conditions.

Lift Tickets at Marquette Mountain 2020-2021

Marquette Mountain Lift Tickets

Marquette Mountain offers very affordable skiing for families with Adult lift tickets at $55/day and the $40 range students/kids. Season passes are also reasonable for those who want to frequent the mountain. Prices for season passes are reflected below.

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Season Passes at Marquette Mountain 2020-2021

Night Skiing at the Mountain

Marquette Mountain offers night skiing from 4-8pm ranging from $30-$45 depending on age range. One of the best treats of Midwest skiing is admiring Lake Superior from the top of Marquette Mountain as the sun slowly fades.

Ski and Snowboard Rentals at Marquette Mountain

Marquette Mountain offers rentals for Ski and Snowboard Gear. If you forgot your gear, don’t worry as the onsite rental area is adjacent to the ticket room. Refer to the mountain website as winter approaches for accurate rental rates. 

Locker Rentals for the year will cost: 

$89 Large Locker 

$69 Small Locker 

$49 Boot Locker 

Marquette Mountain Trail Map - Runs & Lifts

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There are 3 lifts and 35 runs covering around 144 acres of skiiable terrain. The summit sits around 1400 ft with a vertical drop of 600 ft. The breakdown of terrain comes out to be about:

  • 15% Green (Beginner)
  • 50% Blue (Intermediate)
  • 35% Black (Advanced)
  • 3 Terrain Parks
Riders will find more natural features on the west side of the mountain and lots of nice powder stashes after a good snow in the Weasel Gulch areas.

Mountain Experience

Skiing at Marquette Mountain is a very enjoyable experience for every and anyone. Families will love the ability to ski at an affordable rate while having all the things needed at a ski resort (food, drinks, etc). The mountain is generally moderate with terrain but there are a few pretty steep glades that will excite the advanced crowd.

Alongside nice grooming on the face of the mountain, tree skiers and cliff jumpers have chances for drops when enough snow makes it’s way onto the property. Most runs are short and sweet but the views from any of the chairlifts make up for anytime not speeding down the slopes.

What days and times is the mountain open?

Marquette Mountain Drone

Operating hours change during the season so give them a call before you head there. 

  • Tuesday-Saturday: 10-8 pm
  • Sunday: 10-5 pm

The mountain is small yes but has a lot of character to it. One of the best parts about the Mountain is the incredible views. Slowly making your way up any on the lifts, turn your head back and get some of the best views available to you in all of Marquette. When it’s clear, Lake Superior and the city are on full display. 

INSIDER TIP: When unloading from the Summit, head straight towards the backside of the mountain for some sprawling Marquette County views

What to Expect with Covid-19 Protocol

Covid 19 at Marquette Mountain

Because of the Pandemic, Marquette Mountain is adapting and has some different things to expect this year. Here is what’s happening: 

  • Reserve a Fire Pit for $10/hour
  • Reserve a Table for $10/hour
  • Face masks are required at ALL TIMES 
  • Maintain Social Distancing 
  • Purchase ticket online or purchase at mountain for additional $5
  • Bathrooms are open indoors with crowd control
  • No Tailgating

APRES SKI - Food & Beverage

The mountain has a few different food and drink options post skiing. The T-Bar offers guests full bar and food service for those with table or fire reservations. Guests can also order food and drinks to go as well.

If you’re looking for some other options post ski, head into town and check out any of the 5 breweries in town

Is it food you’re after? Here are some of the best places to eat in Marquette satisfy your hunger if you aren’t going to grab a bite at the mountain

Mountain Biking at the Mountain

The best thing about the mountain when the snow is gone, is that it means mountain biking season is here. After the snow season, Marquette Mountain turns into a fully functioning mountain bike hill. If you weren’t aware yet, Marquette is one of the top ranked mountain bike cities in the states and this section of the city has some impressive and more than worthwhile trails to tackle.

More Than just Skiing in Marquette

Are you visiting Marquette for more than just a day or two on the slopes? Perfect. You picked the right spot. Need some ideas of what to do if its your first time here? 

Lucky for you, this area is a haven for the adventurous and if it has to due with being outside, Marquette has it. Below are some of my guides to the area that will definitely get you to where you need to be:

There are plenty of other options that can fill your schedule but this is just a beginning point. 

If you’re a photography nut or just want to get better with your camera, book a photo tour with me here. Or if you just want someone to show you the area, I offer guided tours of Marquette as well. Hope this helps and hope to ski you guys out there!

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