Big Powderhorn Mountain

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Big Powderhorn Mountain is a 250-acre (1.0 km2) ski resort located in Gogebic County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, within Bessemer Township and Ironwood Township (between the cities of Bessemer and Ironwood). The mountain is part of the Gogebic Range with a summit of 1,640 ft (500m) and a base elevation of 1,240 ft (378m), for a 400 ft. vertical drop. It offers 33 trails for Alpine skiing and Snowboarding with an even mix[1] of easy, intermediate, and difficult trail ratings and two terrain parks. Night skiing is currently available on Saturday nights.[2] The Wolverine Nordic Trail also connects to the resort for cross-country skiing.[3]

View from Dynamite Trail


On January 13, 2011, a fire occurred at the main lodge. No injuries were reported, but the building was declared a total loss. Despite the loss of the building, the resort opened the following day, using the nearby Caribou Lodge as a base for skiers.[4]

A brand new lodge was built next to the Caribou Lodge and opened for the 2012 - 2013 Ski Season.[5]



  1. ^ "Big Powderhorn Mountain ski area, Gogebic Range, Michigan". Stratus-Pikpuk, Inc. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  2. ^ "Big Powderhorn Mountain, Michigan - Resort Info & Mountain Stats". Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  3. ^ "Conditions 2/06/09". Big Powderhorn Mountain. Archived from the original on 25 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  4. ^ "Fire at Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort". Archived from the original on 2011-01-15. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  5. ^ "Getting Ready for 2012 Ski Season". Retrieved 2012-10-30.[permanent dead link]

Coordinates: 46°30′15″N 90°05′46″W / 46.50417°N 90.09611°W / 46.50417; -90.09611