Marquette Mountain

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Skiers and snowboarders in Michigan's upper peninsula have several solid winter venues to choose from, including the Marquette Mountain ski area. As a four-season venue, the facilities turn towards providing a "north woods" experience for visitors just outside of Marquette, Michigan.

Motorists will not find the nation's Interstate system reaching the upper peninsula, except for a short stretch of I-75 to the east. Taking US Route 41 will take drivers right into Marquette, with the winter resort sitting off Michigan State Highway 553. Guests flying in can take advantage of Sawyer International Airport, located just a few miles away.

Thanks Lake Superior

The Marquette Mountain ski area sits on the southern end of town and is in the belt of the upper peninsula that gets hit with lake effect snow off of Lake Superior. Guests traveling here can find themselves in some fast-developing storms that dump lots of snow quickly. The average annual snowfall is about 210 inches, with snowmaking equipment supplementing those totals over a large portion of the venue. Skiers and snowboarders will want to dress for success, as the temperatures in the upper peninsula are more severe than those in the lower part of the state.

With the Marquette Mountain venue only five minutes from downtown, the facility does not have lodging options. Visitors can fuel up or relax at the Firepits or the T-Bar, but more substantial dining must be found off-site. Marquette is the largest city in the upper peninsula, so finding amenities will not be a problem.

The Marquette Mountain ski area is open daily and evenings during the latter half of the week/weekend. Skiing and riding lessons are available at the Snowsports School, but guests need to book in advance. Skiing and riding lessons are available for first-timers and those with experience. Multi-week programs are available in a one-hour for one-person format.

Plenty of Alpine in the North Woods

The atmosphere at Marquette Mountain is cozy, which fits the north woods vibe the staff tries to impart on guests. Compared to other mountains, the overall height is modest (the summit here is 1,357 feet). It does create a 600-foot vertical drop that skiers and snowboards use to create potentials across the 169 acres of slopes.

The Marquette Mountain ski area has 330 total acres, with 25 alpine ski trails that offer various challenges and ratings. Those looking for lengthy runs will find the longest here to be 1.25 miles. The winter venue hosts a race program, where visitors rent lanes to compete against each other (first-come-first-served). Backcountry skiers have access to 11 trails to explore along one side of the slopes, with a natural terrain park on the other.

Terrain ratings at Marquette Mountain do not favor beginners, with only 15-percent of terrain rating green. Those with some experience can enjoy blue-rated runs on half of the mountain, with the remaining 35-percent rated at a black diamond for advanced riders and skiers to carve. Three chairs and a surface lift keep guests at Marquette Mountain moving uphill.

Marquette Mountain Snow forecast

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    7 mph
  • Wednesday
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    6 mph
  • Thursday
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Facts about Marquette Mountain

Number of slopes:25
Easiest Green slopes:15%
Intermediate Blue slopes:50%
Advanced Black slopes:35%
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:0%

Lifts (Total: 4)
Chair lifts:3
Platter lift:1
Lift capacity:  4600 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Marquette Mountain Vertical drop
Highest Point: 1355 ft
Vertical drop: 600 ft
Base Point: 755 ft

Country: USA
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