Big Snow Resort - Blackjack

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Just north of the Wisconsin border sits Michigan's upper peninsula. The northern part of the state gets lots of dumps thanks to lake-effect snow coming off of Lake Superior. That is music to the ears of skiers and snowboarders in the Midwest, and places like the Big Snow Resort - Blackjack are high on their lists for places to visit each season.

The Interstate highway system does not reach the upper peninsula, so motorists will use US Route 51 to Ironwood, along the border with Wisconsin. US Route 2 takes drivers east to Bessemer, with the resort just north of there. Sawyer International Airport in Marquette serves the upper peninsula, with visitors flying into the facility needing ground transportation to reach the ski area.

Lake Superior's Snow

Michigan's Big Snow Resort - Blackjack forms a larger complex with the Indianhead Mountain ski area. Visitors to the "Big Snow Country" region call the two mountains Big Snow Resort. Large dumps from storms bring an average annual snowfall greater than 204 inches, thanks to lake-effect snow conditions from Lake Superior just to the north. Visitors used to the winter conditions in southern Michigan ski venues need to remember that conditions in the upper peninsula are harsher, so balaclavas and extra layers are must-haves.

The H. W. Rider Ski Shop sits in the lodge's basement and offers retail shopping for new equipment and the necessities folks may have forgotten at home. Rentals are available for local snow hounds wanting to travel light. Big Snow Resort - Blackjack offers dine-in/take-out at Logger's Lounge, with other facilities found at Indianhead Mountain. Chalets, condos, and hotel rooms at the resort can accommodate between 2 and 14 guests. The communities around Big Snow Resort - Blackjack also offer a full range of amenities and cater to ski bums during the winter months.

Winter Fun Michigan Style

Guests at Big Snow Resort - Blackjack can enjoy the snow off the slopes as well as on them. The resort area maintains a snowshoe trail system, offering paths for beginners and advanced explorers alike. These include hikes between Blackjack and Indianhead Mountain. Visitors can rent the equipment needed to trek along the terrain if they do not have snowshoes.

Regional skiers and snowboarders are likely snowmobile riders as well. Visitors from other parts of the country might be surprised to discover the well-maintained trails in the Gogebic Range Trail Authority system. Big Snow Resort - Blackjack guests can rent snowmobiles to explore over 70 miles of terrain.

A base elevation of 1,185 feet is paired with a summit of 1,675 feet to produce the 490-foot vertical drop at Big Snow Resort - Blackjack. There are 26 runs across 170 acres of skiable terrain. Five runs (20-percent) of the trails are green-rated for newbies, ten runs (40-percent) are blue ratings for intermediates, and nine runs (35-percent) are a black diamond rating for advanced skiers/riders. There are two runs that rate as double diamond for the experts out there.

Six lifts operate at Big Snow Resort - Blackjack, moving guests around the trails and the two terrain parks.

Big Snow Resort - Blackjack Snow forecast

  • Sunday
    0.13 in rain
    13 mph
  • Monday
    0 ft
    Partly cloudy
    16 mph
  • Tuesday
    0 in rain
    20 mph

Facts about Big Snow Resort - Blackjack

Number of slopes:26
Easiest Green slopes:4
Intermediate Blue slopes:8
Advanced Black slopes:11
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:2

Lifts (Total: 6)
Chair lifts:4
Platter lift:2
Lift capacity:  4800 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Big Snow Resort - Blackjack Vertical drop
Highest Point: 850 ft
Vertical drop: 466 ft
Base Point: 384 ft

Country: USA
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