Voodoo Mountain To Debut With Cat Skiing Next Winter As Mount Bohemia Expands Its Michigan UP Terrain
The first new ski area in the Midwest in quite a few years is slated to open in Michigan’s UP next season. Mount Bohemia plans to open Voodoo Mountain for cat skiing, which will make it the first commercial cat skiing area east of the Rockies.
The new ski area, just south of Copper Harbor and close to Bohemia, will open in December with a vertical drop of close to 700 feet and about 200 acres of terrain with a combination of open runs and some tree runs.
It will be a different development than Bohemia, which is known for its extreme backcountry terrain, according to GM Vern Barber. “It will offer a more intermediate terrain in contrast to the rugged adventure of the steeper Mount Bohemia. The views will be as breathtaking. Most of the runs are north facing overlooking Lake Superior, which should provide for a longer season.”
Annual snowfall in the area is around 300 inches of powdery lake effect snow, a key ingredient for cat skiing.
“When fully built out Voodoo Mountain will stretch almost 2.5 miles wide and encompass four peaks with skiing on two sides and dramatic views of Lake Superior. It could eventually offer more than 1,400 acres of skiable terrain making it by far the largest ski area in the Midwest,” added Barber.”Together Vodoo Mountain and Mount Bohemia would eventually offer over 2,000 acres of skiable terrain making the two areas the second most skiable acres east of the Rockies.”
The intial plan is for the cat skiing operation to operate Wednesdays and Saturdays. Cost will be $150 a person for a whole day of cat skiing.
Bohemia is currently running a spring break special, $75 per person, per day, based on quad occupancy in a cabin and six people in a yurt. It includes lodging, daily lift ticket, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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 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 500 acres. Beginners aren’t allowed and wouldn’t enjoy any of it.
Photos: Mount Bohemia to expand with new ski mountain next winter (Mt. Bohemia); Bottom: The views from Mt. Bohemia and soon from Voodoo Mt. can be breathtaking (Mt. Bohemia)