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Ski Searchmont

 

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Trail Map
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Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

 

Sault Ste Marie Airport

 

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
 
 
 
 
 

Lodging
Lodging
 
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Searchmont Resort 

 

Slope side 2 to 4 bedroom condominiums and chalets with access to sauna and outdoor hot tub next to main lodge. 

Extra person charges may apply 

$239 and up[ 

 

 

     
       
       
       

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Dining
Searchmont Resort Cafeteria 
 
 

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2010 - 2011 Adult Lesson Rates

 

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Ski Searchmont
Description:

Ski Searchmont is located in the Sault Ste. Marie area, next to Lake Superior near the U.S. Canada border, and is a true skiers mountain. Whether you are a beginner skier or snowboarder or an expert you will find something fun at Ski Searchmont.

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Pros: More vertical and better terrain than anything in the area

Cons: not as much snow as resorts to the south, less snowmaking

Searchmont is located on an escarpment.  That's a technical geological term, but what it means is that the terrain at Searchmont is more mountain-like than other resorts in the midwest.  For instance, everything in the lower peninsula of Michigan is either a moraine or a man-made hill.  Neither of these formations look or feel very "mountainish".  When you drive to Searchmont, once you leave the city of Sault Ste Marie the terrain changes completely, becoming much more rugged and mountain-like - more like Vermont than Michigan, although the hills are not quite as big as out east.

Once you get there, you see a very big hill by midwestern standards.  My friend described it as like Nubs with another Nubs on top of it.  There's not a lot of beginner terrain;  "The Main" which is rated green would be black by lower peninsula Michigan standards.  The intermediate and expert terrain provide sustained steeps unlike anything in the lp.

Since Searchmont is north of the Lake Effect zone, it gets less natural snow than resorts to the south.  This is somewhat of a mixed blessing, as it's more likely to be sunny at Searchmont than in "Boyne Country".  Also, the snowmaking and grooming is not as aggressive as it's peer resorts, meaning that the conditions can be a bit spotty.  However, it's worth it for the better terrain.

The resort has struggled in the recent past, but now that it's being run by a local non-profit it appears to have stabilized.  Don't expect much in the way of amenities and luxury - there's not a lot of money being sunk into the resort and probably won't be in the foreseeable future. But it's a great place to ski.  If  you usually ski at Boyne/Nubs/Crystal et. al. you owe it to yourself to drive another two hours to go to Searchmont.