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Superior Region: Essentials

Superior Region: Essentials

Travel Midwest
By Jim Neff
posted: 12/15/2001

Don't Miss In The Ironwood Area
A visit to the International Ski Flying Hill on Copper Peak, the only ski flying hill in the Western Hemisphere. The structure rises 241 feet from the crest of Chippewa Hill, and boasts an 18-story access elevator and 469-foot in-run. From the top you can see 40 miles in all directions. Call 906-932-3500.

  • Also check out the ski area management degree program at Gogebic Community College, one of the few programs of its kind in the country. You can even ski at the student-operated ski hill, Mt. Zion. Call 800-682-5910.
    Getting To Ironwood/Hurley
  • From Chicago, Milwaukee and Green Bay, take U.S. 41 to U.S. 2, or U.S. 51 to U.S. 2. It's 385 miles from Chicago; 300 miles from Milwaukee; 195 miles from Green Bay.
  • From Minneapolis, take U.S. 63 to U.S. 2. After 220 miles, you've arrived.
    Information Western U.P. Convention and Visitors Bureau, 906-932-4850; www.westernup.com.
  • Big Snow Country, 800-272-7000; www.bigsnow.com.Skiers heading into the Superior region have many options. The towns of Ironwood, Bessemer and Wakefield in Michigan and Hurley and Montreal in Wisconsin have more than 50 hotels and lodges, including Powdermill Creek (800-222-3131), Comfort Inn (906-932-2224), Indianhead Motel (906-932-2031), Sandpiper Motel (906-932-2000), AmericInn (906-932-7200) and the Regal Country Inn (906-229-5122). Restaurants abound, too. Be sure to tour Hurley's historic Silver Street, once the hangout for local miners and later the likes of Al Capone and Baby Face Nelson.

    BIG POWDERHORN
    Information Skiing, 906-932-4838; lodging, 800-222-3131; www.bigpowderhorn.net; www.bpla.com.
    Vitals 25 trails; 250 acres; nine double chairs; 622-foot vertical drop.
    Good Deal Three-day adult lift ticket, $81; three-day child's lift ticket, $42. Kids 12 and under ski free from opening day through Christmas day and after March 1. Learn It & Love It beginner's package: two private ski lessons, equipment and beginner-area lift ticket for $42.
    Don't Miss A visit to the Big Powderhorn Cheese & Gift Haus, located at the base of Lift 4; happy hour at the Alpen Inn, 4-7 p.m.; dinner at the Caribou Lodge.

    BLACKJACK
    Information Skiing, 888-906-9835; lodging, 800-848-1125; www.skiblackjack.com.
    Vitals 22 trails; 101 acres; four double chairs and two surface tows; 465-foot vertical drop.
    Good Deal Family Lift Ticket: parents and dependent children 18 and under, $99 midweek, $109 weekends and holidays.
    Don't Miss March 12, Big Air Contests; New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks.

    WHITECAP MOUNTAINS
    Information Skiing, 715-561-2776; lodging, 715-561-2227; www.skiwhitecap.com.
    Vitals 36 runs; 390 acres; four double chairs, one triple, one quad, one Magic Carpet; 400-foot vertical drop.
    Good Deal Midweek Slalom Package includes 3 nights' lodging, three days' lift tickets, three lessons, three gear rentals, three breakfasts and two dinners for $179 per person, quad occupancy.
    Don't Miss Feb. 16-17, Second Annual Ski & Wine Festival: wine tasting from Wisconsin vineyards, activities.

    INDIANHEAD
    Information 906-229-5181; www.indianheadmtn.com.
    Vitals 22 runs; 195 acres; three doubles, one triple, one quad, two T-bars, two surface tows; 638-foot vertical drop.
    Good Deal Children 12 and under sleep and ski free on standard packages. Value Season package, one night of lodging and one of day skiing, $46 per person (quad occupancy) from opening until Christmas and Sunday-Thursday of non-holiday weeks. Beginner-area lift ticket $7 any day.
    Don't Miss A visit to Casanova's Ski Shop, lunch at Smiley's (at the bottom of the Chippewa trail), sleigh rides and dog-sled rides from the main lodge.

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