#63 – Ski or Snowboard Marquette Mountain

marquette mountain chairlift

Photo by Amanda Schreiber

First time? Been a couple times? Been your whole life? Whatever your skill level, whether a skier or a snowboarder, whether you are five years old or 105 years old, Marquette Mountain welcomes you.

Where all the cool kids go to learn new tricks (or fall a lot)

Marquette Mountain Ski Hill is located just outside of Marquette on County Road 553. Depending on the weather, the mountain can open as early as November.

When fully operating, there are 26 runs that are open to the public with a good variety of easy, moderate, and difficult runs for you to attempt. And if you are more adventurous there are three different terrain parks for you try out!

Have kids? Not a problem here! Marquette Mountain is a family friendly area. There are ski classes for kids ages 3-10 if you would like your child to learn but don’t know how to teach.

If your whole family is talented enough to make it a family day activity, you should know that for every adult ticket purchased one child 9 and under can get a free ticket. Children 6 and under ski free every day. Daycare is also available for ages 1 to 3 if Mom and Dad need a couple hours to themselves on the slopes.

So you are a little bit sad that you don’t know how to ski or snowboard? Also not a problem at the Mountain. Both private and group lessons are offered! And if you find out that this sport just isn’t your thing, you can enjoy a meal or a beer at the “T” Bar while the rest of the group is out skiing (or tumbling) down the hill.

My experience at Marquette Mountain.

marquette mountain snowboarding

Photo by Amanda Schreiber

So, I’m a broke college student. I’m not an expert snowboarder (just ask my boyfriend who is always picking me up after I take a tumble) nor can I afford to get daily passes all the time! So I’m going to share some tips with you on how I manage to have fun on the mountain and not go broke.

-First off, take advantage of the daily deals! You can find these on the website link below. My favorites are Friday night date night when it is 2-for-1 on both tickets and rentals after 4pm and then college night on Saturday after 4pm where it is $17 for a ticket and rentals are free (you just have to show a college ID).

-There are also weekly deals for different counties where you can get an all-day lift ticket for only $19 (you just have to show proof of residency). This is great if you are coming to visit Marquette for a day or two and want to give the Mountain a try! Check out the specific week for your county on the website.

Carload days! Pack a van or SUV full of your best friends and pay $60 total and everyone gets an all-day ticket.

I love getting out to Marquette Mountain. It is fun and a great way to get some fitness in the outdoors. If I was’t so poor all the time, I’d buy a season pass and be out there becoming a pro! Just kidding, I’d probably just spend more time embarrassing myself in front of six year olds that are miniature Shawn Whites.

Bottom Line: You are welcome at Marquette Mountain. It’s pretty affordable and it’s a great place to learn or practice by yourself or with friends & family.

Other Things to Note: It can get quite frigid on the Mountain, especially after the sun goes down. Wear layers! It’s not fun to be cold.

Adress: 4501 County Road 553 Marquette, MI 49855

Phone: (906) 225-1155

Toll free: (800) 944-SNOW

Website: www.marquettemountain.com

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