Big Powderhorn Lodging

Vacation Rentals in Ironwood & Bessemer, MI



There are great events and festivals happening year round in the Western Upper Peninsula.

Cardboard Box Race @ Blackjack Mountain
Mar 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Big Snow Resorts Cardboard Race at Blackjack Resort!

Cardboard races times are 1pm for kids, (12 and under) 

 Adults race to follow kids race! 

2 person teams only

There will be a cardboard building room available at Blackjack on Friday & Saturday.  Cardboard and some tape available- please bring cutters.

Please sign up at the front desk at Blackjack by 12pm Saturday!

MESC Big Powderhorn @ Big Powderhorn Mountain
Mar 27 – Mar 28 all-day
Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort will be hosting the Cor PowerSports series March 27 & 28; Saturday we will be running Hillclimb and Hillcross racing then Sunday will be cross country racing all day utilizing the entire facility (snow permitting).
Big Powderhorn has been on our radar for the Midwest Extreme Snowmobile Challenge since day 1, with the spectator viewing and substantial lake effect snow this will make for one of our best events in MI.
Big Powderhorn event will still be held on the traditional date (first weekend of April) that we have run our MI event for the past 4 seasons.
Hillclimb and HillX will run Saturday and XC on Sunday
Hillclimb and hillcross course will start right at the base of the resort and race to the top of the hill, exact course routing will be determined closer to the event.
Cross country course will have a large section at base of hill in full view of spectators before they embark on an amazing course throughout the Big Powderhorn property. Course routing will utlize as much of the Big Powderhorn Resort that we can, course will be in the 3-5 mile range. Exact course routing and layout will be finalized approx two weeks prior to the event.
Big Powderhorn has multiple lodging options available onsite, to book your lodging contact them at (800)-501-7669 or visit them online at Big Powderhorn Lodging
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Emberlight Festival @ Ironwood
Aug 26 – Sep 5 all-day

The Emberlight Festival is a branch of Theatre North (Ironwood, Michigan), one of the oldest continually-running community theatres in the United States, and also the hometown stage of Miles Mykkanen. Miles grew up in front of Theatre North’s audiences before attending the Interlochen Arts Academy, earning three degrees in voice from The Juilliard School, and solidifying a place as one of the most promising young tenors with the world’s symphonies and opera houses.

In September 2019, Miles approached the Theatre North Board of Directors with the idea of starting an annual arts festival highlighting our best local talent alongside his colleagues from national and international arts organizations and stages.  The Emberlight Festival will provide an unparalleled opportunity for audiences in the western Upper Peninsula and beyond to witness world-class talent in their own backyard.

Each summer the Emberlight Festival will create programs that celebrate artists, musicians, actors, filmmakers, creative writers and dancers.  Although each season’s events will depend on that year’s festival theme and resources, we are building four pillars of the Emberlight Festival that will be presented every season:

​Read more about it here


Copper Peak Trails Fest @ Copper Peak
Sep 11 all-day

As a new year gets under way, we know you’re looking toward this year’s events, so we are announcing that the 2021 Copper Peak Trails Fest will take place on Saturday, September 11, 2021! Get it on your calendars now! We are planning for an in-person event and are looking into all contingencies to ensure that this year’s Trails Fest is a safe and fun event for all!