Marquette Mountain

Coordinates: 46°30′29″N 87°25′12″W / 46.508°N 87.42°W / 46.508; -87.42
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Marquette Mountain
View from Marquette Mountain with Lake Superior in the distance
View from Marquette Mountain
with Lake Superior in the distance
Marquette Mountain is located in Michigan
Marquette Mountain
Marquette Mountain
Location within Michigan
Marquette Mountain is located in the United States
Marquette Mountain
Marquette Mountain
Marquette Mountain (the United States)
LocationMarquette, Michigan, U.S.
Nearest major cityMarquette: 3 miles (5 km) from downtown
Coordinates46°30′29″N 87°25′12″W / 46.508°N 87.42°W / 46.508; -87.42
Vertical   457 ft (139 m)
Top elevation1,257 ft (383 m)
Base elevation   800 ft (244 m)
Skiable area169 acres (0.68 km2)
- 15% easiest
- 50% more difficult
- 35% most difficult
Longest run1.25 miles (2.0 km)
Lift system3 chairlifts, 1 tow
Lift capacity5,200 / hr
Terrain parks0
Snowfall117 in (300 cm)
Night skiing7 nights / wk [1]
Base of Marquette Mountain

Marquette Mountain Resort is a small mountain and ski resort in Marquette, Michigan, the major city in the state's Upper Peninsula. The resort offers winter sports seasonally as well as mountain biking, volleyball, and hiking in the spring, summer, and fall.

The hill has a summit elevation of 1,257 ft (383 m) above sea level, over 300 acres and a vertical drop of 457 ft (139 m). The recipient of lake effect snow from nearby Lake Superior, Marquette Mountain Resort receives an average of 150 in (380 cm) of snowfall annually. It has three chairlifts and a rope tow and is equipped with LED lighting for night skiing. The shore of the lake's Marquette Bay is just two miles (3.2 km) to the northeast. ten miles (16 km) to the south is the extensive runway of the county's Sawyer International Airport. The resort's parking lot is adjacent to highway M-553.


Popular from the start, the ski area opened in late 1957.[2][3][4] It was originally known as Cliffs Ridge, as it operated on land leased from the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company of Cleveland, Ohio.[5] The first chairlift, a Riblet double, was installed on the skier's right side of Rocket Run in the fall of 1972.[6][7] Previously, there were 2 T-bars (the original Constam[8] on the skier's left of Rocket and a newer Hall Ski-Lift on the skier's left of Snowfield) and several rope tows. The ski area was renamed "Marquette Mountain" in 1982.[9] In summer of 2020, expansion of the mountain bike trails began.

Panoramic image inside the "Carp River Saloon"

The National Ski Hall of Fame is in Ishpeming, about twelve miles (19 km) west of Marquette.


  1. ^ Marquette Archived 2010-10-08 at the Wayback Machine - mountain information
  2. ^ "Ready new ski center". Milwaukee Sentinel. September 23, 1957. p. 6-part 2.
  3. ^ "Thar's gold in them hills". Milwaukee Sentinel. November 14, 1957. p. 1-part 4.
  4. ^ "UP boasts last 'resort' for skiers". Milwaukee Sentinel. March 5, 1958. p. 7-part 2.
  5. ^ Dooley, Don (February 5, 1967). "Hill With Great Lakes View". Milwaukee Journal. p. 3-part 4.
  6. ^ "Cliffs Ridge Ski Area to be improved". Milwaukee Sentinel. May 2, 1972. p. 5-part 1.
  7. ^ "Chairlift OK'd for ski area". Milwaukee Sentinel. May 10, 1972. p. 10-part 1.
  8. ^ "Cliffs Ridge area plans new lift". Milwaukee Sentinel. November 27, 1969. p. 10-part 2.
  9. ^ Terrell, Mike (November 23, 2009). "Marquette Mountain Is A Longtime Mainstay In Michigan's UP". On The Retrieved February 11, 2013.

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