Mount Bohemia Resort: Extreme Skiing in Michigan
If you’re looking for the most extreme skiing in Michigan, head to Mount Bohemia, home to the largest vertical drop in the Midwest.
It’s true: Keweenaw County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is black diamond heaven for expert skiers.
With the longest runs; the highest vertical drop and deepest powder in the Midwest, Mount Bohemia offers both skiers and snowboarders a true “out west” experience right in Upper Peninsula. The skiing terrain combined with lake effect snow makes season passes a must for seasoned Midwest powder lovers.
Mount Bohemia ski resort is not for beginning skiers and riders, thanks to the extreme terrain, but if you’re a strong intermediate or above skier or snowboarder, you’re going to want to check it out.
I’ve skied Mount Bohemia many times and put together a guide to help you plan your visit.
Read my Ultimate Guide to Mount Bohemia Ski Resort and start planning your trip to the amazing Michigan ski resort.
How to Get to Mount Bohemia
Getting to Mount Bohemia By Car
- Mount Bohemia is about 2.5 hours from the Upper Peninsula’s largest city, Marquette.
- From Grand Rapids: 9 hours
- From Detroit: 9 hours
Getting to Mount Bohemia By Air
- Sawyer International Airport is located in Marquette
- Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX is located in Houghton
About Mount Bohemia
Nestled along the shorelines of Lake Superior and Lake Lac La Belle, just 30 minutes north of Houghton, lies a skier’s paradise- Mount Bohemia. The scenery here is stunning, pure Michigan natural beauty at its dramatic best.
A brief ride up one of the two chairlifts reveals a breathtaking 360-degree view of Lake Superior, Lake Lac La Belle, and the rolling hills and peaks of the coniferous forests that call the Keweenaw Peninsula home.
This is the landscape that surrounds Mount Bohemia and it’s clear that this isn’t your average Michigan Ski Resort: Mount Bohemia is special. With a vertical drop of 900 feet, an average annual snowfall of 273 inches per season, and 585 skiable acres, it comes as no surprise that Mount Bohemia is Michigan’s best un-kept secret.
The unbelievable skiing and breathtaking mountain-top views often have experienced skiers like me asking themselves the question “Is this really Michigan?” I receive confirmation from the vast beauty of Lake Superior as I look downhill.
Skiing Mountain Bohemia
It only takes me a roughly 10- to-15 minute ski down the back side of Mount Bohemia to realize that this is some of the best powder, tree, and cliff skiing that not only the Midwest has to offer.
The runs here are ungroomed, with lake-effect snow that tends to be a drier powder, like skiing in the west. At an average snowfall of almost 300 inches, there’s a lot of it, too.
There are eight different areas, each section distinct and different. They include Bohemia Mining Company, Bear Den, Extreme Backcountry, Haunted Valley, The Graveyard, Limits, Middle Earth and Little Boho.
You’ll find a mix of blue, black, and double-black diamond runs, with back-country skiing, gladed and non-gladed runs, too.
There are four buses waiting to shuttle you and your family and/or friends back to the lodge and begin apres-ski. And thanks to some of the best wood-fired pizza in the Midwest and an amazing hot tub, Mount Bohemia has some of the best apres-ski, too.
Voodoo Mountain is the only ski resort in Michigan that offers cat skiing. Started in British Columbia, cat skiing is where skiers and snowboarders ride on a snowcat that takes them to remote terrain for a once-in-a-lifetime skiing and snowboarding experience.
The Mount Bohemia lodge offers guests access to their Nordic Spa and the Log Cabin Bistro, which is known for its phenomenal wood fired pizza. Skiers and snowboarders of all ages, tiny or grown, have access to the Nordic Spa.
With an array of Michigan craft beers on tap at the bistro, you can enjoy a well-deserved post-ski beverage or two, all while soaking in the hot tub, feeling nostalgic about the day’s skiing and excited for tomorrow has in store.
Lodging at Mount Bohemia
Lodging is available through Mount Bohemia. Guests have the option to park their RV in the parking lot for a small fee or stay in one of their cabins or yurts. Air B and B’s are also a great option.
There are an array of options within Lac La Belle; however, I recommend looking into booking accommodations 20-30 minutes outside of town in places such as Eagle Harbor or even Copper Harbor as they tend to be more cost-efficient.
Believe it or not, I have heard stories of folks renting out “luxurious” ice shanties on Lake Lac La Belle (but you didn’t hear that from me).
What to Wear When Skiing Mount Bohemia
Weather in the U.P. is unpredictable as unpredictable gets; therefore, expect the unexpected. You could be skiing in the mid-thirties on Saturday and then in the teens, or even a few degrees below zero on Sunday, you just never know; therefore, bring layers and a neck gaiter.
You can always downgrade, but you can’t always upgrade. You can however expect some sunshine; bring a set of day lenses and night lenses for your goggles.
Heck, you could even get away with sunglasses. Regardless of what the forecasts say, expect to have an unbelievable time.
Tips for Skiing Mount Bohemia
If you’re skiing with the family or skiing with your college buddies, bring snacks. The skiing here at Mount Bohemia will tire the best of the best skiers and snowboarders.
- You can never go wrong with a few Cliff bars and/or PB&J’s. The last thing you want to do at Mount Bohemia is cut your epic day short because you’re hangry; bring snacks.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before and during. Shoot, a Gatorade or two wouldn’t hurt either.
Visit Mount Bohemia in the Summer or Fall
If skiing and/or snowboarding is not in your repertoire, not a problem. Summer and fall are great times to visit . Hike up in the summer and cool off in Lake Superior?
Count me in. A fall color trip at the summit? You can’t go wrong. “Boho” holds some very near and dear real estate in my heart; therefore, my opinion might be a bit biased. However, it’s for good reason. USA Today ranks Mount Bohemia at number 4 out of the top 10 North American ski spots. Not to mention, other big names such as National Geographic have put Mount Bohemia on its “Best of the World 2021” list. If you’re not sold yet, go see for yourself what Mount Bohemia has to offer. You will not be disappointed.
Find trail maps, snow reports, and lift tickets information here.
Mount Bohemia is 1465 feet tall.
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About the Author-
Ryan McChesney is a senior at Northern Michigan University, majoring in English Secondary Education. He enjoys surfing, sailing, hiking, and flt fishing with his dog, Dwight.