Big Powderhead Mountain Resort

Located in Bessemer, Michigan, Big Powderhead Mountain Resort is a favorite among those in the Midwest, particularly for its diversity in run difficulties, its large vertical drop, and it’s huge skiable area.


Big Powderhead is particularly well-known in the Midwest for its variety in runs. Of its 33 runs, 30% are for beginners, 42% are considered intermediate, 24% are advanced, and 3% are expert runs. This leaves a lot of variety for anyone to try, whether they’re just beginners just learning the sport or they’re looking to move up in difficulty, or even if they’re just looking for a bit of a challenge. Some of these runs are quite long, as well, with the longest one being about a mile long. The resort also has a huge area of 253 skiable acres to explore. The vertical drop of 600 feet is also one of the biggest in the region, presenting a fun and diverse amount of runs possible.

There’s 9 lifts in total, with all 9 of those being double chairs. There’s 1 rope-tow, as well, but with the large vertical drop, the chair lifts are more recommended to get up the mountain.

Due to Big Powderhead being a resort, the lodging is on-site and sometimes comes in a package with the lift tickets. There’s many things for both kids and adults to do on and off the mountain in the resort. People can stay in tailored villas or suites and everything in-between. There’s many possibilities to choose from in lodging.

Tickets to Big Powderhead are $65 for 1-day tickets, and children 9 and under get in for free with the purchase of an adult ticket. It’s recommended to buy multiple days, though, in order to save money and get the most out of a stay. Rentals and lessons for skiing and snowboarding are also available, both for adults and for children.

Tickets can be purchased on the Big Powderhead website.

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