Mount Bohemia Nearing 300” Of Snow This Season
It might not be a record-breaking year for snowfall in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, but some areas of the Keweenaw Peninsula, home to Mount Bohemia, have received more than 300 inches of snow already this season. Officially the resort has recorded over 280” this season, and it will continue to snow through April.
Needless to say Bohemia, aka Boho as the locals call it, is having a very good season and plans on staying open weekends through April. At the end of March all of the extreme backcountry areas are fully open, according to their website. If conditions permit they have skied into May for a few years.
The ski area is located at the tip of the UP's Kewanee Peninsula, that witch-like finger jutting out in the middle of Lake Superior. It's an anomaly for the Heartland. A big vertical drop for the Great Lakes Region, 900 feet with cliffs, chutes, trees, steep drops, and all-natural snow. They have no snowmaking and don't do any grooming. Bohemia claims all expert terrain and, they aren't exaggerating. The terrain is typical of what you find out west in the backcountry. There is nothing else even remotely like it mid-continent. Two chairlifts whisk you back to the top to find another line through the trees, boulders, and cliff drops spread out over 600 acres. Beginners aren’t allowed and wouldn’t enjoy it anyway.
The powdery, Colorado-like, lake effect snow, is a key ingredient for backcountry skiing. Bohemia has appeared among the top four resorts of Powder Magazine's annual reader poll for the best powder skiing in North America.
“Mount Bohemia is one of the premier places for tree skiing in North America. With an abundant snowfall of close to 300 inches a year and acres of tree skiing Bohemia has the perfect set up for great inbounds backcountry skiing,” according to the magazine.
The resort is running an April lodging special. Yurts and trailside log cabins are available for $150 per night on weekends throughout the month. Daily lift tickets are $85, which you need to buy online before you arrive. Buy early, because they are limiting lift tickets sales on Saturdays throughout the month.