Skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and ice fishing in Iron Mountain Michigan and the surrounding area means non-stop fun for anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors, actively participating in snow filled winter activities.
Pine Mountain Ski Resort
Iron Mountain Michigan is home to Pine Mountain Ski Resort, which hosts the Pine Mountain Continental Cup Ski Jumps each year. With a 186-foot scaffold on top of the 500-foot vertical mountain, it is the world’s highest artificial ski jump. In recent years, this activity has been held in February. It attracts both participants and an audience worldwide. The resort is also open to skiers and snowboarders throughout the winter months, and has added six new runs to their course this past year, for a total of twenty-six runs. Skiing and snowboarding under the lights is also an option several nights of the week. When nature does not cooperate with a natural snowfall, the hill is equipped to make artificial snow. For more information, contact Pine Mountain Resort – N3332 Pine Mountain Rd – Iron Mountain, MI 49801 – 877.553.PINE
Located just a few miles from Iron Mountain, the city of Norway is home to Norway Mountain. Norway Mountain boasts a vertical drop of 500 ft, with 16 trails, and a terrain park that local snowboarders and those traveling in from across the Midwest consider top notch. The mountain also has a 3km mountain top snowshoe trail. Each winter, Norway Mountain hosts an annual Yooper Day, with the 2007 winter their 15th year for hosting the event. Yooper Day will find such events as a Pasty Throwing contest, Pasty Eating contest, Chainsaw Throwing Contest, and even a Frozen T-Shirt contest. Fun for all ages is the main aim of the day. For more information, contact US 2 · PO Box 37
Norway, MI 49870-0037 – 800.272.5445
Iron Mountain and the surrounding area that includes Dickinson County are considered the Gateway to the U.P. for many activities, including snowmobiling during the winter months. Over one hundred miles of trails exist in Dickinson County alone. Most of the network of trails is kept groomed, and maps are available both online and at many local area businesses.
Ice fishing is a popular winter activity in the Iron Mountain area on many lakes. One of the first true signs that winter has arrived to the area is when what appears to be a small town of ice shacks and shanties pop up on Lake Antoine. Individual ice shacks vary from portable sled type pop ups that are pulled on by hand or behind a snowmobile or four-wheeler, to those so large and grand that they must be hauled onto the ice behind trucks. Die hard ice fisherman spend so much time on the lakes fishing during the winter months, that some shacks come complete with sleeping cots, portable cooking accessories, even radios and TV’s. Many of the creature comforts of home, tucked into the shacks so that the fisherman can spend as many hours as they squeeze out of their schedules trying to catch the big one through the ice.
Iron Mountain and the surrounding area is a hotspot for anyone, local or visitor, to enjoy winter snow activities of all kinds. If you love winter, be sure to make Iron Mountain one of your must do stops this season!