Lac La Belle, MI, Jan. 9, 2001--Mt. Bohemia, the Midwest's newest ski area, located in Michigan's upper Keweenaw peninsula, finally opened over New Year's weekend. The opening, much anticipated by the region's skiers, was made possible when the resort's first chairlift, the Mountain Dew Triple, passed state inspection just after noon on December 31.
The next day skiers took to the resort's 28 open and wooded backcountry runs, which drop off a 900-foot vertical mountain, the biggest in the Midwest. The area also boasts a series of rocky chutes and the largest skiable glade between the East Coast and the Rocky Mountains. A second chairlift is expected to be in operation by mid-January.
Lonnie Glieberman, ski hill president, reported that nearly 1,000 skiers hit Bohemia's advanced-intermediate and expert slopes over the three-day New Year's weekend. Glieberman expressed delight because a large number of the skiers came from Chicago and Detroit, two markets that are keys to the success of the resort.
Mt. Bohemia will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 am to 10 p.m. and Sunday through Tuesday hours are 9:00 am to 4:30 p.m. For those interested in first tracks, anyone with a season pass is allowed to ski one hour before regular opening hours.