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Midwest Indy Ski Trip To UP For March Snow

Marquette-Mountain-Lake-Superio-in-foreground-Marquete-Mountin-Fcebook Looking back at the city and Lake Superior from top of mountain.

With the lack of winter through much of Midwest ski country you may have to look a little further to find snow covered ski trails for some mid-to-late March skiing and riding. Many of the smaller ski areas across the lower Midwest have already closed for the season or probably will after this week.

If you are willing to drive a little farther you can find good snow at three ski areas in Michigan's UP for the time being. The good news is that they all accept the Indy Ski Pass, and all are located in areas with plenty of lodging choices. With the pass you can again enjoy skiing all three with one road trip. That means at least six days of interrupted skiing bliss. The pass is good for two free days of skiing or snowboarding at each ski area and 25% off the daily rate for a third day on the slopes.

The total driving distance between the first ski area, Marquette Mountain, along the Lake Superior shoreline in the UP, to the next ski area, Pine Mountain, located along the Wisconsin border, is only 78 miles. To visit the final ski area Mont Ripley, in Houghton at the base of the Keweenaw Peninsula, it's a little over 100 miles. That's about 200 miles of road tripping for the three areas, six ski days and a nice variety of terrain. The Indy Pass is good for two free days of skiing or snowboarding at each ski area and 25% off the daily rate for a third day on the slopes.

Marquette Mountain is one of the largest ski areas around the Great Lakes with a 600-foot vertical. It offers 27 trails with some cut through rocky cliffs, a large terrain park with rails, features and table tops, all serviced by three chairlifts and a surface tow. From the top of the Mountain you can see the city lights at night below you and Lake Superior during daylight hours.

Pine Mountain received a multi-million dollar face-lift a few years ago, which included a new beginner area. The resort offers hotel accommodations with trailside lodging and fine dining, 27 downhill runs, three terrain parks and five lifts. Located on a ridge overlooking the city it offers a 500-foot vertical drop and scenic views stretch as far as the eye can see.

Mont Ripley, located on a ridge overlooking Houghton is convenient to lodging, restaurants, microbreweries, and nightclubs, shopping and some of the best snow in the Midwest. It offers a 440-foot vertical with 24 trails, glades, powder bowls and tubing.

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