Blackjack Ski Resort will probably surprise you.
Along with Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort and Indianhead Mountain Resort, Blackjack is nestled in “big snow country”, just east of Ironwood, Michigan and minutes away from those two other great ski hills.
With 5 lifts, 26 trails, a 465 foot vertical drop and lots of great powder, Blackjack should be a must stop on any intermediate to advanced skier’s trip to the western Upper Peninsula.
Looking for Powder? They’ve got it.
According to their mountain manager, Brad, who was kind enough to show me around the mountain, they “tend to cater to a more advanced skier.” I’d say we found that to be true, as they left the fresh powder from the night before on the hill all day.
They also have a few non-groomed runs that accumulate power all year and are a blast to ski if you like being knee deep in powder.
But Beginners will be Just Fine
My wife, very much a beginning skier this year, went skiing for the first time in over fifteen years this year at Blackjack. I got her a lesson and she hit the bunny hill with one of Blackjack’s great ski instructors.
After two hours, she was skiing the beginner and intermediate runs with no trouble at all!
My Experience at Blackjack
My wife and I arrived at Blackjack a little before Noon on a Friday in late January. The hill wasn’t very busy, and when we met up with our friends they said they skied on fresh power all morning and pretty much had the run of the hill. (Later on in the day more people showed up, but it was still far from crowded.)
Eating and Drinking at Blackjack
We had lunch upstairs in the bar area and from what I could tell everyone was pleased with what they ordered. I had fish tacos, which were better than I expected them to be.
And though we didn’t partake, I was told Blackjack has a better than average après ski that includes live music and sometimes goes well into the evening. From the balloons they had suspended in a net over the stage, I’d say they take definitely care about the post ski party.
As I mentioned above, my wife hadn’t been skiing in years. So, she started her day with a two-hour lesson. She enjoyed the lesson and said it really helped her learn the right way to ski, as she was never really taught how when she was younger.
Meanwhile, I hit just about every run, from beginner to expert, and was really impressed with what I saw. Along with the slow and steady groomed hills that are common at most Upper Peninsula ski hills, I was surprised to see the un-groomed power laden trails on the west side of the hill.
All in all, everyone in our group was impressed with Blackjack and we’ll definitely be making this a regular stop on our annual western Upper Peninsula ski trip.
Bottom Line: Blackjack Ski Resort is a very worthwhile stop on any western Upper Peninsula ski adventure, especially if most people in your group are beginner to advanced skiers.
Other Things to Note: Blackjack appears to have the lowest priced lift tickets in the area.
To see more photos of Blackjack Ski Resort, visit the “Blackjack Ski Resort” album on my Facebook page.
Address: N11251 Blackjack Rd. Bessemer, MI 49911
Phone: (906) 229-5115