Porcupine Mountains: A Huffington Post Travel Ski Resort Guide

HuffPost Guides: Porcupine Mountains

Porcupine Mountains in Michigan is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Porcupine Mountains, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.

The Basics

is part of Michigan's Upper Penninsula. It does not need snowmaking for skiers and boarders because the mountain deposits up to 20 feet of powder annually. This small mountain range is part of
, which exhibits an irregular shape, so some of the trails glide through forests and views of Lake Superior. The closest major towns and airports are 200 miles away in Duluth, Minnesota, and Green Bay, Wisconsin. Affectionately called the "Porkies," Porcupine Mountains offers downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross-country.

The Mountain

typically opens for the season in mid-December, relying strictly on the season's snowfall. The uncrowded ski area is normally open on the weekends and every day during the week of Christmas. The 11 miles of slope cover 100 acres of skiable terrain, with the longest trail measuring 5,800 feet. A vertical drop of 641 feet from the 1,368-foot summit is the highest in Michigan and Wisconsin, according to

Trails And Lifts

Seven intermediate, five expert and three beginner trails allow skiers and boarders of all levels a taste of the powder and a lake view. The
is served by a triple chair and T-bar along with two towropes. Back country skiing via Snowcat to Everest Mountain, just west of the ski area, features new trails and fresh snow to explore. A Nordic trail system with 26 miles of groomed double-tracks wraps around the ski slope area for cross-country skiers. These trails offer novice to advanced tracks, two warming houses and plenty of wildlife along the way.

In The News

An annual "
" ski season event offers a hands-on approach to teaching beginners the fine art of skiing through trees, along with powder skiing techniques. Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park has a variety of ongoing winter activities for families that include downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country and camping. The area also plays host to the annual


Porcupine Mountains ski hill offers two-for-one
every day. All tickets are $50 and $54, depending on the method of payment. All ski and snowboard packages are $30. Lessons for skiing or snowboarding are also $30 and require an advance reservation. Clyde's Rental Center, located in the ski chalet at the base of Hiawatha run, rents Head brand gear and will tune and wax snowboards and skis.


The Porcupine Mountains ski hill chalet at the base of Hiawatha is the only spot for resting and grabbing a bite to eat on the hill. The chalet warms up with three fireplaces and offers a cafeteria that serves pizza, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and chili, among other fare. The chalet also houses a ski shop that sells gloves, handwarmers, goggles, T-shirts, souvenir sweatshirts and more. The nearby town of Ontonagon offers more
, bars and lodging options.

WATCH: Porcupine Mountains

Young snowboarders ride the green run at Michigan's Porcupine Mountains ski hill.