A Skier’s Paradise

Whether you prefer to ski downhill or cross country, Iron Mountain has what you need to get out the door and into the wild. Bring your own equipment or ask us where to rent what you need. Either way, there are options for the whole family nearby.


Downhill Skiing

Pine Mountain resort is nearby, offering downhill skiing terrain perfect for all levels. They pride themselves on having the best groomed ski slopes in the whole midwest. Whether you’re a beginner just starting out or skiing has been your favorite winter activity since childhood, Pine Mountain has runs that will challenge and excite you without being overwhelming.

Pine Mountain also offers a ski school led by experienced instructors who are passionate about helping people learn to feel confident and free on the mountain. You can take lessons as an adult, or enroll your child while get out on the slopes by yourself.

The resort is open every day of the week and offers 27 runs and a terrain park. Skiers and snowboarders are welcome, as long as they ride responsibly and share the slopes well. This is the perfect place for a family to ski together!


Cross Country Skiing

Michigan’s upper peninsula is a cross country skier’s haven. Ski Brule offers 32 kilometers of groomed trails that wind along the Brule river. You’ll get to enjoy scenic views of the mountain while you ski alongside the tumbling water. If you’ve never skied before, there are lessons available, and you can rent gear here, too.

If you prefer to go off on your own, the Ge-Che Cross Country Trail in the nearby Ottawa National Forest offers 10.8 kilometers of trail that connects Lake Ottawa with Hagerman Lake. The trail is well-maintained. The best access point is at Covenant Point Bible Camp, where there are trail maps available and the trailhead is plowed. There’s no charge for using this trail, though donations are always welcome.

Other popular trails are located at the Iron River Nordic Cross Country Ski Center. The center offers equipment rentals, as well as trails designed for either classical or skating techniques. These trails range in difficulty from beginner to expert, so there’s something for everyone.

The Lake Mary Plains Pathway is also a popular place to cross country ski. They offer 9.6 miles of maintained trails geared mostly toward beginner and intermediate skiers. This is beautiful country and the trails offer access to scenic views that you won’t get anywhere else. You will need to rent equipment before you ski here, as there are no rentals available on site.

Whether you like to race downhill with the wind in your hair or you prefer to take in the scenery while you ski, the Iron Mountain area of Michigan has a lot to offer. If you want to include skiing as part of your vacation, let us know when you book your cabin. We’ll help you line up lift tickets or trail access, and we’ll get you set up with any equipment you need, too.