The Mount Bohemia Effect

Skiboards lined up at Midwest Meet, Mount Bohemia, MI
Skiboards lined up at Midwest Meet, Mount Bohemia, MI.

Yurts, bunk beds, and Michigan aren’t the first things that come to mind when most people think about an epic ski vacation, but for some people, they are. It’s something you have to experience first hand to fully understand.

Mount Bohemia is a unique destination to say the least. It’s located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, more than 4 hours from the closest metro area. It’s quite a trek for most people to get there, and finding it is another issue with most GPS units sending people to someplace that isn’t at all a ski hill. Still, distance doesn’t stop people from saying Mount Bohemia is their favorite place to ride.

Buried yurt at Mount Bohemia
Buried yurt at Mount Bohemia.

If you spend a day at Bohemia, you’ll start to see why it is loved by so many. Last season brought more than 350 inches of snow thanks to the mountain’s ideal location on the Keweenaw Peninsula which is completely surrounded by Lake Superior. Unlike the snow at most ski hills, Bohemia’s snow is all natural powder, all the time. The best part is, you don’t have to be there on a powder day to find the good stuff. The 500+ acre ski area is never groomed, and most of it is made up of glades that help keep powder stashes intact for days or even weeks.

If the powder isn’t enough to put a smile on your face, the people will be. The mountain has a small town culture unlike anything I’ve experienced at any other ski resort. People don’t care who you are or what you ride, they’re just stoked to share a common experience with you. People look out for and support each other in a way that would make you think they’ve known each other for years, even if they just met.

Tyler in deep powder at Mount Bohemia
Tyler in deep powder at Mount Bohemia.

Six years ago, my vision of an amazing ski trip was redefined, but I wasn’t the only one. Some have even said Mount Bohemia ruined them – other places aren’t nearly as fun anymore. The more you dig, the more you find that Bohemia is a special place to many. To see what I mean, check out the Powder Magazine Ski Town Throwdown. Mount Bohemia has outed several well known resorts including Jay Peak, Killington and Stowe/Smugglers’ Notch.

If you’re ready to mix up your winter vacation, join us January 23 – 25 for the 2015 Midwest Meet. There are carpools from the Minneapolis, Green Bay and Detroit areas, and at $99 for a season pass, you can’t beat the price!

Skiboards on one of the triple black diamonds at Mount Bohemia
Skiboards on one of the triple black diamonds at Mount Bohemia.

Midwest Meet 2014 – Back to Bohemia

By March 2014, the cold winter eventually froze over Lake Superior, putting an end to the epic snowfall. Subzero temperatures didn’t hold us back. Check out the great time we had while still finding powder stashes and things to throw ourselves off of.

Doomtree – Team the Best Team
P.O.S. – Wanted/Wasted featuring Astronautalis (Swiss Andy Remix)

To everyone who has ever joined us out in this snow covered middle of nowhere.
George & Friends
Lake Superior