Big Powderhorn Lodging

Vacation Rentals in Ironwood & Bessemer, MI




The Big Snow Country is a snowmobiler’s mecca with more than 2,000 miles of groomed trails.  Big Powderhorn Resort allows for direct access to the trails that include unplowed logging roads, railroad grade, and secluded trails through the National Forest. Your family and friends can tour through thick cedar groves or ride past breathtaking caverns along Lake Superior with unique rock formations and frozen waterfalls. Take a ride through the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, over Lake Gogebic, or through the open prairie land to experience one of the premiere snowmobile riding locations in North America.

Snowmobile season generally starts December 1st and runs through the end of March. Michigan State permits must be displayed on your sled and are available for purchase at the Big Powderhorn Lodging Office.

Western U.P. Snowmobile Trail Report

Iron County Snowmobile Trails


Cross Country Skiing

The Western U.P. offers over 100km of Cross Country Ski Trails and is gaining a reputation as one of the finest cross country skiing areas in North America. Groomed X-country ski trail systems offer the Nordic skier terrain for skating, diagonal striding and backcountry trails.

The Wolverine Trail System can be accessed directly from the Big Powderhorn Resort.  There is a new trail head just west off Powderhorn Rd and skiers may also access the trails from Big Powderhorn Mountain.   Wolverine Ski Trails is a non-profit, tax exempt organization with the mission to preserve and promote Nordic skiing and life-long physical fitness.

Big Snow Country offers a variety of other scenic Cross Country trails that will please every ability level.  ABR Trails, the Mecca, Montreal and Uller Ski Trails, Sylvania Wilderness Trails, Mount Zion, the Miner’s Ski Trail are just a handful skiing adventures that are a short distance from Big Powderhorn Resort.


The opportunities for snowshoeing are virtually unlimited!  The Ottawa National Forest maintains many short trails to the numerous waterfalls along the Black River Parkway. The United States Forest Service also has developed a link with the North Country Hiking Trail, which is part of the National Hiking Trail System. The North Country Trail offers true wilderness hiking at its best.  Plus ABR XC Ski Trails and Indianhead Mountain offer snowshoeing or take a hike around the free trails on the north side of Sunday Lake. Other areas that offer snowshoeing are also Wolverine trails, Miner’s Memorial Heritage trail, Schomberg Park trails in Hurley, & the Michigan Welcome Center loop on the western end of Ironwood.