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post #1 of 29
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Any one here up near Marquette mountain in Michigan? I'll be up there at school soon, and I'm trying to decided if i should invest in a pair of fat skis or not.
Whats it like up there?
post #2 of 29
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Originally Posted by Yukon View Post
Any one here up near Marquette mountain in Michigan? I'll be up there at school soon, and I'm trying to decided if i should invest in a pair of fat skis or not.
Whats it like up there?
I don't live up there but I have a college guy who works for me in the summer. He said that they usually measure snow fall in feet, not inches, but last year they barely had any snow. Last year was a very odd year in that regard. The snowmobile tourism in the UP was all but nonexistent.

As for the question about buying a fat ski...........Is there any doubt? If there's no overlap, then the answer is "of course"!
post #3 of 29
Usually I'm all for fat skis, but I wouldn't buy a pair just for MM. Or even Bohemia, for that matter. A pair of decent 85-90mm waist skis should be fine (or whatever you have now). Invest the $$ in a good mtn bike or a sea kayak instead. Or maybe ice climbing equiptment.
post #4 of 29
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The snowmobile tourism in the UP was all but nonexistent.
What can he mean by THAT???:

Even 15 years ago, there were SWARMS of snowmobiles all over the UP (especially around Marquette)! Can't imagine they all disappeared?:
post #5 of 29
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What can he mean by THAT???:

Even 15 years ago, there were SWARMS of snowmobiles all over the UP (especially around Marquette)! Can't imagine they all disappeared?:
Riding a sled on frozen bare dirt is not fun.
post #6 of 29
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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post
What can he mean by THAT???:

Even 15 years ago, there were SWARMS of snowmobiles all over the UP (especially around Marquette)! Can't imagine they all disappeared?:
Snow was marginal at best last year. Even when it snowed in the UP, there was nothing resembling snow south of US 10, and still marginal from 10 to the bridge. When the tourists from below don't see snow, they don't get their juices flowing for a trip north to ride. Hence a non-existent snowmobile tourism season.

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Riding a sled on frozen bare dirt is not fun.
Precisely!
post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by Jer View Post
Usually I'm all for fat skis, but I wouldn't buy a pair just for MM. Or even Bohemia, for that matter. A pair of decent 85-90mm waist skis should be fine (or whatever you have now). Invest the $$ in a good mtn bike or a sea kayak instead. Or maybe ice climbing equiptment.
Perhaps it would be prudent to find out exactly what the OP means by "fat". I wouldn't recommend going out and buying Pontoons for use in the UP, but last time I was there I was real happy with my Chubbs (94 waist). Next time the Chubbs won't be my fattest option.
post #8 of 29
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Perhaps it would be prudent to find out exactly what the OP means by "fat". I wouldn't recommend going out and buying Pontoons for use in the UP, but last time I was there I was real happy with my Chubbs (94 waist). Next time the Chubbs won't be my fattest option.
Oh, I've used a pair of m103's at MM, but 10 second bomber runs get old real quick. On the other hand, fat skis can be fun in powder at midwest resorts because most of these areas (the exception being Bohemia) are pretty low-angle and the floatyness actually allows you to turn in low angle deep snow as opposed to going straight just to keep up momentum. That said - the number of days you will actually benefit from fat skis at MM makes going out and buying a pair just for UP pow skiing not that great of an idea. Now - if Yukon is going to be taking trips out west or if he lucks out and the next four years are nuclear in the UP - that's a whole 'nother story.
post #9 of 29
I guess I pretty much figure on ten second bomber runs whenever I ski Michigan regardless of skis or conditions.... well unless, that is, I'm in SE lower MI in which case I figure on five second bomber runs
post #10 of 29
I can't believe I'm saying this, but - Yukon, If you're really achin' to buy some new skis you should look into some SL or GS race skis. MM is huge into the racing thing. They always have a race or at least a practice going on. MM also has a pretty big park scene. While park and racing sucks compared to powder, you'll get about a million more race/park days than you will powder.
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post
What can he mean by THAT???:

Even 15 years ago, there were SWARMS of snowmobiles all over the UP (especially around Marquette)! Can't imagine they all disappeared?:
ATV's are as popular as sleds at this point, even in winter.

Back to skis for Marquette. While the snow can be deep and light, its just not a powder paradise. Mt Bohemia is another matter.

I hate to say it, but a Metron would do it all...

Michael
post #12 of 29
Marquette...Mountain...? 600 feet of vertical constitutes a mountain? Too funny!
post #13 of 29
Mt. Bohemia should be on you road-trip list.

It's like a pint sized Mad River Glen. Highly rustic, not for beginners, challenging trails and glades.

My suggestion, a pair of used 78 to 89mm wide skis such as one of the Head Monsters or Dynastar 8000 or 8800 skis.

I say "used" because its impossible to avoid the rocks.

Plenty of snow and the best skiing for 900 miles.

Michael
post #14 of 29
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Ah, so i get a no on the skis. Thats a bummer i was excited to get new gear But I already have a pair of PE's to do what powder they will have and thy cover park too. And I have RX 8's to race on. hmmmm those seths still do look good
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by Alberto View Post
Marquette...Mountain...? 600 feet of vertical constitutes a mountain? Too funny!

Its double what im used to. In fact im really excited to get there. Being in the midwest makes you appreciate the small hills.
post #16 of 29
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Mt. Bohemia should be on you road-trip list.

It's like a pint sized Mad River Glen. Highly rustic, not for beginners, challenging trails and glades.
Quite easy to second that. Ya gotta get to Mt. Boho, it's a very cool place. I was really disappointed that they didn't have any snow while I was around last year.

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Its double what im used to. In fact im really excited to get there. Being in the midwest makes you appreciate the small hills.
You go Yukon! Take what you can get and take it with joy.
post #17 of 29
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...I already have a pair of PE's to do what powder they will have and thy cover park too. And I have RX 8's to race on.
The RX8 & PE will make a perfect quiver for the U.P. and almost anywhere else for that matter .

Michael
post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by barrettscv View Post
The RX8 & PE will make a perfect quiver for the U.P. and almost anywhere else for that matter .

Michael
Exactly my problem!!! I can't figure out how to justify new gear! :
Maybe boots, or goggles and poles since one of mine is duct taped...


post #19 of 29
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Exactly my problem!!! I can't figure out how to justify new gear!
Why do you need "justification"? Just buy whatever your heart set on!

Now, not being able to use it more than twice a season, that'll teach you. And you will NEVER dream about gears that only look good on posters! But as long as you didn't blow a huge chunk of cash on it, you can easily unload whatever it is for littel loss. Your "lesson" won't be too expensive.

That's call "live and learn". We all do that. No one is going to be able to do the "learning" for you.
post #20 of 29
I live in Marquette... Send me a PM this winter and I'll show you around the place.
We had 2 true powder days last year. You don't need fat skis at MM, however those 2 days I was VERY glad I had some. As Jer mentioned, MM is pretty low angle, and without fat skis, you basically have to straightline everything just to keep moving.
There is some good stuff to be had there, though...

post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer View Post
I live in Marquette... Send me a PM this winter and I'll show you around the place.
We had 2 true powder days last year. You don't need fat skis at MM, however those 2 days I was VERY glad I had some. As Jer mentioned, MM is pretty low angle, and without fat skis, you basically have to straightline everything just to keep moving.
There is some good stuff to be had there, though...

Nice shot UP!

(so where did you fall? )

Apparently racers can ski off groomers after all. :
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post
Nice shot UP!

(so where did you fall? )

Apparently racers can ski off groomers after all. :
I heard that somewhere:
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post
Nice shot UP!

(so where did you fall? )

Apparently racers can ski off groomers after all. :
Didn't fall.. Stuck it. Then rode it out switch into the road.

Yeah, I've been known to get off the groomers a bit....
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer View Post
I live in Marquette... Send me a PM this winter and I'll show you around the place.
We had 2 true powder days last year. You don't need fat skis at MM, however those 2 days I was VERY glad I had some. As Jer mentioned, MM is pretty low angle, and without fat skis, you basically have to straightline everything just to keep moving.
There is some good stuff to be had there, though...

Oh nice picture.: ill shoot you a PM when winter finally comes around. what is the usual opening date?
post #25 of 29
Right around Thanksgiving. Sometimes a little earlier.
post #26 of 29
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Didn't fall.. Stuck it. Then rode it out switch into the road.
Is that where the flock of beautiful women was waiting for you?
post #27 of 29
Are Dave B's mtb freeride stunts still up? UPR - you should snap a pic of you hucking off those. That'd make a cool crossover pic.
post #28 of 29
Unfortunately, I'm not the hucker on a mountainbike that I am on skis.... But yeah, all that stuff is around. The mountain bike scene here is unreal.
How 'bout a couple of these for crossover pics? Yes, we do have summer here!!





post #29 of 29
No - I mean huck off them on skis during the winter.

I used to ride up there during the freeride mtb heydays when they hosted the Monster Park contest and had the lifts running during the summer. I helped Dave and others build some of that stuff (not the huge Monster Park stuff - but the stuff on "Hemi", one of the lift-searved freeride trails). Too bad it didn't work out - that was a cool scene.
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