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All about the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area

Go on a ski trip with a side of outstanding scenery at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area. This fun winter attraction offers exceptional views of Lake Superior and plenty of ways to play, from downhill skiing routes to snowboard terrain parks to cross-country ski trails. Here’s what you need to know before visiting.

Where is the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area located?

The Porcupine Mountains Ski Area is located on M-107 (107th Engineers Memorial Highway), just past the intersection with South Boundary Road in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The ski area is about a 20-minute drive west of downtown Ontonagon.

Note that South Boundary Road is closed in winter; the only access to the ski area is via M-64 and M-107 from the east.

What can I do at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area?

The Porcupine Mountains Ski Area is home to three beginner ski runs, eight intermediate runs, and nine expert runs, as well as a natural terrain park for snowboarders. The ski hill offers nearly 700 feet of elevation, and the longest run at the ski area is a mile long. The downhill area is served by a triple chairlift and rope tow.

The ski hill is also home to several cross-country ski trails maintained by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The system offers over 30km of trails for all skill levels.

Skiers can find updated trail conditions on the board in the chalet and on the ski hill’s website.

In the summer, the ski area is the starting point for exploring the park’s beautiful vistas and more than 90 miles of hiking trails. The complex is also home to an 18-hole disc golf course and hosts the annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival every August.

What are the hours of the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area?

The Porcupine Mountains Ski Area is open from 9am to 5pm ET Fridays through Mondays during the ski season.

How much does it cost to access the ski area?

Daily lift tickets are available at the ticket window. A full-day pass is $45 for adults and $35 for juniors (17 and younger), and half-day passes are $35 for adults and $25 for juniors. A group rate—available for groups of 20 or more—is available for $25 each.

The ski hill also sells season passes, which gives skiers free or discounted rates at other hills in the U.P. and Wisconsin, including Mt. Zion in Ironwood, Mt. Bohemia in Lac La Belle and Marquette Mountain.

See more information about lift tickets here.

Do I need a state park pass to enter the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area?

A state of Michigan recreation passport is not required for access to the ski area.

Where can I stay in the Porcupine Mountains?

Several lodges, hotels and cabins welcome visitors to the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County year-round, many with easy access to the state park and the ski hill.

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Note: Please travel safely and responsibly when you are visiting the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. Some businesses and facilities may have modified hours or procedures; please contact them directly for information. See Michigan’s latest coronavirus orders here.

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