Something unusual in the ski industry: instead of announcing the usual price hike, Michigan’s Marquette Mountain is rolling back its daily pass to $25 and season passes to $249 with student passes (7+) $99. At the end of February this year an old web page shows lift tickets weekday were $38 and $48 on weekends and a season pass was $429.
Having turned 60 last season, the Mountain has been a mainstay for the Wolverine’s State’s Upper Peninsula for over a half-century, and it doesn’t look like they are planning on slowing down. The lower prices don’t mean less upkeep and care. Over the summer they procured two additional groomers to insure early morning corduroy and 20 new snowguns were added to the arsenal. Night skiing, which is open seven days a week, also got an upgrade thanks to a new LED system. The ski area’s Carp River Salon, open year round, received a facelift inside and out.
It boasts one of the state’s biggest vertical drops at 600 feet. From the top you catch a glimpse of nearby Marquette city located along Lake Superior. That proximity to the big lake results in copious amounts of lake effect snow being dumped on the ski hill that helps augment their snowmaking efforts. They will often, like last season, be able to ski and ride into April.
They offer three chairs, a surface tow, 35 trails, and three terrain parks with varying degrees of difficulty. There’s a good mix of advanced, intermediate and beginner trails and terrain. Weasel Gulch snakes down the left side of the ski hill for almost a mile offering an almost downhill like race course at an intermediate level. On the right side Upper and Lower Ridge Trails connect for a nice long beginner run back to the lodge.