Kodiak, Bear Claw, Log Jam and The Wall are calling. Those are a few of the 56 trails on Indianhead Mountain and Blackjack that are outfitted to outplay. If you want the deep powder of ungroomed trails or the speed and daring of wide, groomed runs, both mountains offer a variety of terrain and trails.
Local ski experts give the credit to mother nature.
“We get snow almost every day during the season,” says Barry Bolich, General Manager and life-long resident. “Our snow-making equipment is purely for back up thanks to Mother Nature’s snow machine called lake-effect snow.” Bolich says there is no substitute for natural snow which almost every skier prefers. Groomed trails offer more control for intermediate and beginning skiers but also provide the high speeds and carved turns snowboarders crave. Expert skiers and boarders will enjoy the many black diamond and double black diamond trails that range in elevation from 1,185 feet to 1,935 feet, and can even race against the best of the best on the NASTAR course.
The longest runs are a mile long and Indianhead is home to Voyagers’ Highway, a run that is more than 40 acres in area—larger than many other ski areas. These long runs cut a wide path from top to bottom and give Midwest skiers an experience that rivals western mountains. Blackjack skiers get a big air experience and snowboarders favor the rugged courses at three terrain parks on the mountain.
“Boarders love the fast trails to work on jumps and tricks and Blackjack delivers,” Bolich says.
Big Snow features runs for all skill levels:
Big Snow isn’t the Rockies, but you get a more natural skiing experience for all levels.
“When you ski with us you have views of the mountains and a national forest,” Bolich says. “Up here it’s more about the destination, the slower pace of life and enjoying the true ‘up north’.”
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