Big Powderhorn: The Basics
Located in the western Upper Peninsula, some of the best groomed trail skiing in the Upper Peninsula can be found at Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Big Powderhorn is ranked as one of the top five resorts in the Midwest, and after a weekend there, that rating absolutely seems fitting.
The resort offers a good mix of trails for pretty much any level of skier, and appears to be a really family friendly place. Quite a few of the runs are beginner friendly, but intermediate and advanced skiers have a decent selection of challenging runs to choose from as well.
The Bavarian style lodge and surrounding buildings offer plenty of spots to eat, drink and warm up from the cold, including the “ski in / ski out” Alpen Inn, located right on one of the ski trails! (It’s right off the “Flintlock” trail, in case you’re interested.)
My Experience at Big Powderhorn
A few friends and I rented a chalet at Big Powderhorn for the weekend and had a blast. The chalet slept ten people, came with a full kitchen, fireplace, hot tub, and with the ten of us, set us back about $40 per person, per night. Not bad at all.
Our day of skiing at Big Powderhorn was really enjoyable. There were no lift lines, and the hill was easily able to accommodate everyone’s ability. We brought lunch over from the chalet and relaxed in one of the rooms at the Caribou Lodge (right next to the main lodge), then skied some more before wrapping up and heading back to Iron Mountain.
For the record, our favorite trail ended up being “Ricochet,” an intermediate run that was a little hard to find at first but offered a great mix of speed and curves, without making anyone nervous.
All in all, I had a great time at Big Powderhorn and will definitely be adding it to my regular winter rotation. However, I will say that if you and your crew are intermediate level skiers and riders, you may want to check out Indianhead Mountain instead of (or in addition to) Big Powderhorn. Indianhead’s trails seem to be a little longer and more challenging.
Bottom line: Big Powderhorn Mountain is one of the top ski resorts in the Midwest for a good reason. It’s definitely worth spending at least one day here on your next western Upper Peninsula ski trip.
Location: Powderhorn Road Bessemer, MI 49911
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