There aren't many choices around the Heartland, if you like backcountry skiing and riding, ungroomed slopes, and tons of natural snow. However, one area, located at the tip of Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula fits the bill.
Mount Bohemia, the Great Lakes version of Jackson Hole, has a one-day season pass sales that's hard to pass up. The season pass is $99, no blackouts, and it can only be purchased Dec. 4; no other day. The regular season pass price is $340. You can purchase it by logging onto the link below. The normal daily lift rate this season will be $50 for all ages. You do the math.
"It's a long drive, about seven hours, but, if you like backcountry and true powder skiing, there's nothing to compare around our region," Traverse City skier Jeff Carrol told OnTheSnow. "The pass is a great bargain. I make one long weekend trip during the winter, and the pass pays for itself; additional days are all a bonus.
"I'll make at least two weekend trips and maybe three if the snow is good," he enthused. "I couldn't begin to ski out West for one long weekend at the same cost."
Bohemia is located at the tip of the UP's Kewanee Peninsula, that witch-like finger jutting out in the middle of Lake Superior. That almost always insures incredible amounts of annual lake effect snowfall; typically around 270 to 300 inches a winter. It's a big 900-foot vertical drop 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.