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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hello-
I'm in Chicago and when I need to ski I usually head to the U.P. The skiing is great as far as the midwest is concerned and they get tons of snow. ( Big Snow Country just recieved close to 40 inches in the last 5 days) Who has been up there this year? How were the conditions? What are your favorite places or runs? Big Powderhorn,Blackjack,Indianhead,Whitecap,Porcupine Mtns,or Bohemia? Good experiences? Advice?
post #2 of 24
My first jaunt to the U.P. this season will be to Indianhead for a GS/GS/SL event this weekend. Unfortunatly the highs temps are predicted for just above Zero all weekend. Not the most ideal weather to stand around in a speed suit waiting to race. But I expect good snow conditions (squeeky cold).

My general view would be that IH, BJ, PH are similar experiances with a variety of runs, mostly green/blue level, but with some short steeps. The Porkies have narrower blue trail cruising with super views overlooking Lake Superior and are generally less crowded. I've not yet been to Whitecap.

Bohemia has far and away the best expert terrain, with much longer steep trails, glades and some chutes, but also requires more snow cover to keep you above the rock based terrain. If going to MtB, on the way up the Keweenaw, check out MtRiply in Handcock as an entertaining stop with a variety of steeper bowls and trails. Note both MtB & MtR face south so they fade fast in the spring unless they get late snow dumps, which are possible.

Marquette Mt is probably one of the best areas in the U.P. Lots of snow and a good variety of terrain.

I give you a snow cond update on IH after the weekend.
post #3 of 24
Marquette Mtn. is great. If you've only tried the Ironwood based areas, you really should check out Marquette.
Arcmeister, do you race CMSC? I usually enter the Marquette race. Missed this year, though. I was in San Diego on a business trip. 76 and sunny..... I'm not complaining.
post #4 of 24
Thread Starter 
My first jaunt to the U.P. this season will be to Indianhead for a GS/GS/SL event this weekend.

Indianhead is a place we've been skiing at for years. They're adding a high speed quad before next season, and that will be great. Are you in a racing club?
post #5 of 24
I'm racing in a MMSC (Milwaukee Metropoliton Ski Council) event.
MMSC (like CMCS in Chicago area) has 100+ adult racers from six S.E. Wisconsin area ski clubs that race in 14 classes split by gender, age, and ability to be very competitive within each class. While 8 of the seasons 11 races (7-SL, 4-GS) are at local ski areas around Milwaukee, we do one remote GS/GS/SL event in U.P. so we can race on longer courses. MMSC has been to Marquette in the past, where they have a great setup for hosting races, and I hope we return there soon.

Check out: http://mmscsr.tripod.com/index.htm
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post #6 of 24
Oh, yeah, I've skied in the mmsc race in Marquette too. Not in quite a few years though. Can I come over to indianhead and enter that morning, or do I have to be in a club and pre-registered?
post #7 of 24
MMSC allows non-club members to "walk on" register race morning as an individual racer and get a "temp bib". I called, Bob, one of our organizers and he confirmed that you can register as such Sat morning. In that most race workers also race, I'd recommend you get there pretty early (B4 8:00 am) if you wish to register before everyone is gone out onto hill for course inspection. Hope to see you there, I'll be in a long blue (warm) coaches coat, white helmet, red Salomon boots & K2's, bib# 8, class MM (Mens Masters 45+).

First GS Sat am is at 9:15, course inspection opens at 8:45 am.
Second GS Sat pm, SL is Sun am.

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post #8 of 24
Hello, you guys are making me jealous.
there wasn't a lot of snow in the UP. at Christmas but now they're loaded. And they now have lodging& lift specials except for Pres. weekend. Hope everyone goes and has a good time up there. Be sure to hoist one for me at the Liberty Bell Chalet in Hurley.
post #9 of 24
I've skied the UP 5 times this year. I skied 3 at Indianhead, 1 at Whitecap, and 1 at Bohemia. Conditions were excellent, with the exception of one bad day at Indianhead early in the season. It was the first time I've skied at Bohemia and was VERY IMPRESSED. It was by far the best skiing experience I have had in the Midwest, and ranks high everywhere else. If you are an advanced or expert skier it is a must. As far as the others I have skied most of them and Whitecap and Indianhead are my favorites, but I haven't skied everywhere.
post #10 of 24
Thread Starter 
I've heard great things of Bohemia, but the drive is another 3 past Big Snow Country. That's just to far to drive for a relaxed weekend type trip.I was up at Indianhead over x-mas and they needed a bit more snow, but now they're getting tons. what about the Porcupines? anyone hit that yet?
post #11 of 24
I think someone is steering you off on the scenic route with the 3 extra hours figure (or they don't want to tackle the terrain?). If you stay in Houghton/Handcock on the way to MtB it is only 37 miles further from Crystal Lake than Ironwood & Big Sno Co. (400/363 mi). Mt bohemia is another 39 miles north of Houghton/Handcock, total 78 miles further, maybe 1-1/2 hours more. To get real mountain terrain as good the next stop is 1400 miles west, there is nothing else in it's league in midwest.

Check out: http://www.mtbohemia.com/driving.html
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post #12 of 24
All right, Arc, I'm thinking seriously about it. Saturday at least. I'll go for sure if you bring Mike Guetzke up with you.... do you know him?
post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 
I can get to Ironwood in 5 hours and 45 minutes. I'm pretty sure I can't get to the tip of the Keewenaw in 7. Do you think? highway 141 from Green Bay north is only 2 lanes. I'd love to try it, that's for sure.
post #14 of 24
7 sounds about right. Make sure you check ahead for fresh snow, and bring some older skis. You WILL hit some rocks.
post #15 of 24
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Originally posted by 344wcla:
Hello-
I'm in Chicago and when I need to ski I usually head to the U.P. The skiing is great as far as the midwest is concerned and they get tons of snow. ( Big Snow Country just recieved close to 40 inches in the last 5 days) Who has been up there this year? How were the conditions? What are your favorite places or runs? Big Powderhorn,Blackjack,Indianhead,Whitecap,Porcupine Mtns,or Bohemia? Good experiences? Advice?
post #16 of 24
all-

good stuff regarding the u.p. skiing/racing. although not in the u.p. one should ski searchmont canada too.

i also believe the c.m.s.c. apline race program has a weekend event at indianhead in early march ... should check their website tho for the details.

skicmsc-race.com

Quote:
Originally posted by 344wcla:
Hello-
I'm in Chicago and when I need to ski I usually head to the U.P. The skiing is great as far as the midwest is concerned and they get tons of snow. ( Big Snow Country just recieved close to 40 inches in the last 5 days) Who has been up there this year? How were the conditions? What are your favorite places or runs? Big Powderhorn,Blackjack,Indianhead,Whitecap,Porcupine Mtns,or Bohemia? Good experiences? Advice?
post #17 of 24
all-

good stuff regarding the u.p. skiing/racing. although not in the u.p. one should ski searchmont canada too.

i also believe the c.m.s.c. apline race program has a weekend event at indianhead in early march ... should check their website tho for the details.

skicmsc-race.com

Quote:
Originally posted by 344wcla:
Hello-
I'm in Chicago and when I need to ski I usually head to the U.P. The skiing is great as far as the midwest is concerned and they get tons of snow. ( Big Snow Country just recieved close to 40 inches in the last 5 days) Who has been up there this year? How were the conditions? What are your favorite places or runs? Big Powderhorn,Blackjack,Indianhead,Whitecap,Porcupine Mtns,or Bohemia? Good experiences? Advice?
post #18 of 24
Hey yall- Hope that some of you got the chance to make it up to the UP this weekend, it was a great weekend to be there. We had about 8" in Houghton on Friday night and a couple more throughout the rest of the weekend. For future reference I hope you will listen to this suggestion: for those in the Chicago area head up to the Keewenaw and stay in Houghton. You can find a hotel in Houghton for roughly $60 a night and they are very normal (best western, Holiday Inn etc.) Your only challenge will be to deal with the snowmobilers at 6am. Ski bohemia on Saturday (OR FRIDAY IF YOU CAN), the weekends are much busier. On sunday before you leave take a half day and ski Mont Ripley across the canal. It seems small but he does a great job of "letting some of the hill go". In other words, he grooms about half, and leaves the rest to be tracked out. When you go to Ripley, have fun skiing wherever you want, ski the trees, hike back to the "Trestle", ski wherever.........get tracks!!! I've never been at Ripley and NOT been able to find tracks, even if it hasn't snowed for a few days. But generally speeking, it is not busy up there, the service is just fine......and it's fun!! Don't be affraid to let a local "wink hint" that you're coming.......and he/she will be happy to show you around. Oh and P.S., there are some great snow statues going up in the Houghton area, something to see!!!
post #19 of 24
I'll re-endorse the Riply stop. I learned to ski there while at Mich Tech in the '60's (Season Pass for students: $10 [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] ). Gee, I never did become an engineer?

Riply is the mid-west's 450' version of Alta. The whole hill is a pretty fun natural features terrain park; bowls, bumps, air-time rolls/drops. And as a side trip the detailed ice statues Tech's engineering students build for their winter carnival are amazing to see. :

The U.P. snow is great right now. We had 4-6" Sat after 3 feet in previous week or so, and skiing was great. Sunday was cold however, with some wind. But hey, no lift lines, great snow, sunshine (and those little stick-on heat packs for your toes really work! .
post #20 of 24
Youz guyz are makin me jealous eh. I wish it wasn't 700 miles away. I am still in cahoots with enough yoopers that I could stay with.
post #21 of 24
ktrubin
Sorry I missed you over the weekend. Saturday's new snow was a ton of fun. Pretty heavy chill factor Sunday but great skiing. I was the guy in the red Mtn Hardware parka with a radio standing around the race.
A friend of mine sent me this the other day.
Yooper Creation Story

In da beginnin dere was nuttin.

Den on da first day God created da U.P.

On da seecond day He created da partridge, da deer, da bear, da fish and da ducks.

On da tird day He said "Let there be Yoopers to roam da U.P."

On da fourth day He created da udder world down below.

On da fifth day He said "Let there be Trolls to live in da world down below."

On the sixth day He created "DA BRIDGE" so da Trolls would have a way to get to heaven.

God saw it was good and on the seventh day He went huntin'!!! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #22 of 24
Ya, SLATZ, I heard you were up der Ripley way. Sounds like you's guys got a good dose of Michigan powder, eh?
post #23 of 24
Ya dher hay, we had a great time. Now that I know what BK stands fo I told him we'd have to do a pint of Guiness the next time I'm up.

That'll be next weekend for Divs.
post #24 of 24
You can count me in on that pint. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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