When you visit Big Snow Resort, you’re in the heart of Up North. Wilderness is outside your door, but you can connect back to the world whenever you wish— although you might not want to.
Indianhead and Blackjack Mountains are on the edge of the Ottawa National Forest and are part of the Porcupine Mountains, one of the largest tracts of old-growth hardwood forests in the United States. These forests support populations of bear, deer, timber wolves and even moose that live on the clean rivers, untouched woodlands and virgin ecosystem of the Western Upper Peninsula.
If the stars shine brighter here it’s not because we’re closer to them, it’s because you left the light pollution of the city behind. Keep your eyes on the night sky when you’re here because the Northern Lights will create a mesmerizing light show (even better than our Saturday night bonfires!).
The deep waters of Lake Superior govern winter weather and lake effect snow is responsible for the 200+ inches of snow that blanket the mountains annually. “Nature provides the best snow for winter sports—a deep base with a fresh, fluffy coating makes for the best downhill or cross country skiing in the Midwest,” says Tim Moon, Assistant General Manager at Big Snow Resort. Big Snow boasts 56 downhill runs miles and miles of cross country trails adjacent to the mountain with shuttle service to the trails.
If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Exploring the trails via snowshoe is a chance to walk right up to nature and look it in the eye. We have reasonable snowshoe rentals, private trail guides and (weather permitting) moonlight snowshoeing. Nothing compares with the light of a full moon bouncing off white snow as you hear the crunch of snow beneath your footsteps on an evening trek.
Big Snow features a range of winter activities best experienced in the heart of Up North:
Whatever activity you choose, you’ll have a winter experience nature intended with views of pristine mountains and trails wrapped in a blanket of Big Snow.