Big Powderhorn Lodging

Vacation Rentals in Ironwood & Bessemer, MI


Ski Areas Near BPLA

Located in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Big Powderhorn Lodging is nestled at the base of Big Powderhorn Mountain in the heart of Big Snow Country. Mother Nature blesses the area with an average of 200+ inches of snow annually. The picturesque, serene surroundings and abundance of snow provides for the best skiing in the Midwest. All our vacation homes are located in the Powderhorn village surrounding Big Powderhorn Mountain.

A plus to Big Powderhorn Lodging’s location is that there are several more ski resorts within a 10-minute drive: Black River Basin and Jackson Creek Summit, part of (previously known as Big Snow Resort) as well as Mt. Zion Ski Hill at GCC. The Porcupine Mountains Ski Area is located in Ontonagon, MI, about an hour drive from Big Powderhorn Lodging. Whitecap Mountains Resort is located in Upson, Wisconsin, about a 35 minute drive from Big Powderhorn Lodging.

Big Powderhorn Lodging & Big Snow Country is your true winter vacation destination.


Big Powderhorn Mountain

“We love what we do and we hope to share our passion for snow sports with you and your family. When considering a winter vacation, why not ski and board on the best conditions and see for yourself why Big Powderhorn continues to be voted the Favorite Downhill Terrain in the Midwest? Our commitment to providing excellence does not stop on the slopes, we pride ourselves on our great customer service, delicious food, outstanding snow sports school and helpful, friendly, and professional staff.” —Big Powderhorn Mtn

Powderhorn Mountain also offers snow sports school and equipment rental for skis, snowshoes, xc skis and snowboard.

Mountain Stats: 45 trails throughout 250 wooded acres, 622 vertical feet, 2 terrain parks, and 9 lifts.


Snowriver Mountain Resort- Black River Basin & Jackson Creek Summit

Previously known as Big Snow Resort (Indianhead & Blackjack Mountains). Comprised of two mountains, Snowriver Mountain Resort offers a selection of various terrain and opportunities for powder run days after snowstorms! They currently provide a shuttle every 30 minutes between their base area operations for fun on both hills.

Mountain Stats: Black River Basin: 26 trails throughout 170 wooded acres, 490 vertical feet, 2 terrain parks, and 6 lifts. Jackson Creek Summit: 30 trails throughout 230 wooded acres, 640 vertical feet, 1 terrain park, and 9 lifts


Mt. Zion at Gogebic Community College

Mt. ZionMt. Zion is a public ski hill located on Gogebic Community College’s campus in Ironwood, MI. Home to GCC’s nationally acclaimed Ski Area Management program, Mt. Zion offers days-long outdoor entertainment for the entire family. Enjoy picturesque views of Big Snow Country while downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing or snowshoeing. Mt. Zion Ski Hill also offers ‘learn to ski/snowboard’ programs that are perfect for children and beginners of all ages. Mt. Zion also offers a snowtubing park, free cross country ski trail, quality ski and snowboard rentals, group rates and more!

Mountain Stats: 10 trails, 300 vertical feet, 1 terrain park, 2 tow ropes, and 1 lift.


The Porkies

“WE ARE 60,000 ACRES OF WILDERNESS THAT BRING FAMILIES CLOSER TOGETHER.” We are trails and views that get kids outdoors and away from the Internet, away from the airwaves.  We are something you do, not something you watch. We are skiing and snowshoeing and snowmobiling and snowball fights with your little sister. We are a day full of promise and a night full of stars. We are natural snow and natural lighting. The Porcupine Mountains are one of the last great adventures.” — The Porkies. The Porcupine Mountains Ski Area is located in Ontonagon, MI, about an hour drive from Big Powderhorn Lodging. 

Mountain Stats: 15 trails throughout 250 wooded acres, 670 vertical feet, 1 lift, 1 rope tow, 1 paddle tow and gladed skiing.


Whitecap Mountains Resort

Discover three mountains with forty-three trails for every ability, spread over a vast 400 acres within the ancient Penokee Mountains. Experience an abundance of lake effect snow, meticulously groomed trails, along with helpful staff that will make your trip here unforgettable.

Whitecap Mountains Resort is located in Upson, WI, about a 35 minute drive from Big Powderhorn Lodging.

Mountain Stats: 43 trails throughout 385 wooded acres, 400 vertical feet, and 5 lifts.