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Big Powderhorn Mountain


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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort Lodging, LLC  

Lodge rooms and condominiums available with a two night minimum. 


Extra person charges may apply

$69 and up 

Black River Lodge 


Lodge rooms, suites and condominiums with complimentary Internet access and an indoor pool, hot tub and game room.

Extra person charges may apply

$54 and up 

Big Powderhorn Mt. Lodging Association 

Condo and cabin rentals. 


Extra person charges may apply

$96 and up 











Main Lodge Cafeteria

Caribou Lodge

Snowflake Lounge

Alpen Inn Tavern and Grill


Free ice skating. 


2010 - 2011 Rental Equipment Rates

2010 - 2011 Lesson Rates

2010 - 2011 Snow Tubing Rates


Big Powderhorn Mountain

Big Powderhorn Mountain is one of the four Big Snow Country ski areas. Big Powderhorn Mountain has three separate peaks, each with a handful of runs. The ski area is known for its long winding runs. The blue and green runs popular and there are a few short black runs to keep advanced skiers interested. All lifts are old double chairs but they are in good shape. There are many lodges, condo’s and restaurants on the mountain all of which are simple and reasonably priced. The region gets a lot of lake effect snow so powder days are possible. Big Powderhorn Mountain has decent snow making but doesn’t need it too often.

Snow making percent93%
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow1
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double9
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Total number of lifts10
Lifts-Total lift capacity10,800/hr.
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park2
Trails-6-Half pipe
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run1 mile
General-Base elevation1200'
General-Vertical drop600'
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds253 acres
General-Snow making coverage228 acres
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Good variety of beginner, intermediate, and expert trails. Friendly staff. Food/beverage is tasty. Lots of great lodging options.

Cons: Terrain parks are well maintained but could use more features. Night life is spotty midweek.

Greetings from the UP of Michigan, officially known as the Upper Peninsula.


I have been skiing for about 25 years and have been a Big Powderhorn Mountain customer for approximately the past 8 seasons.  It's not the tallest, does not have the most extreme terrain, and lacks in night life during the week, but it more than makes up for it in the quality/amount of seasonal snow and family-first atmosphere.


Big Powderhorn Mountain (BPM) is located between Ironwood and Bessemer, MI.  It's about a 5 hour drive from my home in Milwaukee, WI.  Driving is fairly easy from all points South and West.  Hwy 51 running north and south through the heart of Wisconsin is a direct route and takes you through the scenic northwoods.  Snow storms and specifically lake effect snow are common, so leaving yourself extra travel time is a good idea.


Upon arrival, the mountain is surrounded by what is known as the Powderhorn Village.  You can find anything from a small A-frame, to large scale trailside homes, many of which are available for rent throughout the season.  The Village really adds a community vibe to the area that other local mountains can't match.


Skiing/boarding is excellent with all of the natural snow that falls throughout the season.  Trails and terrain are fairly well-divided, with beginner, intermediate, and expert representing approx. 1/3 of the total area respectively.  My favorites include intermediate groomers Bovidae and Ricochet which lend themselves to long and fast GS turns.  Expert runs Cannonball, Blunder, and Louie's Chute offer a mix of groomed steeps and naturally occurring bumps when conditions are right.  Powder days can be frequent when the North and Northwest wind belts churn up lake effect snow off of Lake Superior.  Grooming tends to cater to the weather for the day.  Often times many runs are left alone on powder days, while sunny days can turn BPM into groomer heaven.


Big Powderhorn has two main base lodges.  The Gun Barrel Lodge is where everyday operations originate out of, including lift ticket sales, ski rental, ski/snowboard school, ski shop, cafeteria, and the Hideout Bar and Grill.  The Caribou Lodge houses a larger bar and restaurant, warm water pool and sauna, gift shop, and Ski Patrol.  The Caribou restaurant and bar is mostly open Thursday-Sunday, with some extended operations on holiday week/weekends.  Checking with the front desk on the status of the Caribou lodge is a good idea as the hours can change based on how busy the resort is.


As I stated before, night life can be spotty in the Village early to mid week, however there are several bars and restaurants.  Alpen Inn is located trailside on Flintlock run.  It's a great place to have a hot chocolate or grab a quick bite while taking a break from the slopes.  Alpen also is open for apres-ski activities, often having live music during happy hour.  Black River Valley Pub is located on Black River Road on the northern outskirts of the BPM Village.  It offers great food and drink, and often has live music on weekends.  Caribou Lodge offers delicious food and beverage options, and also offers live music on select weekends.  Perhaps the best part of the night life is the BPM shuttle bus.  It is offered free of charge and is a safe and convenient way to get around the Village.  Hours of operation vary for all of these locations, so giving them a call or checking their website is a safe bet. If all else fails, Ironwood and Bessemer are close by, and have many options for night life.


Over the years I have come to appreciate the northwoods feel, family atmosphere, and great snow conditions that are offered at Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort.  Hopefully this can inspire you to give my favorite ski area a try as well.