Porkies is a nice place.Been sking there for over 30 years. It is all natural snow. Coverage is usually great from mid january through the end of the season. the best way to detrmine coverage of the snow is to either look at the local cross counrty ski reports or snowmobile reports. They seem to give you a more realistic detemination of coverage. Here is the web site I use for this info www.westernup.info
Very few people go there overall. you can boom down a run or carve turns without being concerned about other people in the way. Only 2 green runs (great for racing and about a mile long)Several blues and several blacks which are never groomed. The "Double" black porupine plunge is a good run with at least 10 jumps but needs good snow coverage. lodging is limited. The view of Lake Superior is outstanding. Only 2 lifts but from what I understand this year only one lift and the snow cat skiing. Last year we went snow cat sking. It takes you to some great runs through the trees. We went when they had a recent storm so coverage was not an issue. I am looking forward to now cat sking this year The "lodge" and ski shop has been run by the same family for over 20 years and they are very freindly and great people. My children learned home to ski there when they were 3 & 4 years old. We go to the porkies several times a year. With the Bohemia and Porkies pass for $124.00 it is a great deal.
Bohemia is just like its hype. If you like tree sking and ungroomed runs this is the place. Last year they oppened the "Outer Limits". outstanding area with cliffs steeps and trees. If you are not a good skier this is not the place. The only "Blue" run is farily steep and narrow at the top and as the rest of the runs it is not groomed. Loging in Houghton is available and decent.
What is nice about both places is the friendly atmosphere, decent sking, fewer people, natural snow and nobody bothersyou if you bring your own cooler of beer and food in the lodge.