Marquette Mountain, a longtime mainstay in the UP ski scene, advance lift ticket sale runs through Dec. 24, and the tickets have a two-year shelf life.

A Five Pack is $145, or $29 per lift ticket. Daily adult lift tickets will be $35 midweek and $40 on weekends and holidays this season. The five Pack is available in limited quantities through Christmas Eve Day. There's no limit on how many you can purchase. Can't get out midweek during the day and don't like crowded weekend slopes? Try the Night Club Card.

The Night Club Card, which is $68, allows you to ski or ride free any six nights after 4:30 p.m. until closing. After the sixth time using the card you can purchase additional night lift tickets for $13 each time out for the rest of the season. The normal nightly lift ticket is $25.

"We stay open Tuesday through Sunday nights until 10 p.m., and people come from as far away as Escanaba - 60 miles to the south - to ski and ride. Our skier counts on Tuesday and Thursday nights are often as big as Sunday afternoon," longtime General Manager Vern Barber told OnTheSnow. "Our snow normally comes early and stays late with the greatest snowmaking machine in the world, Lake Superior, supplying snow measured in feet instead of inches."

Dubbed the Boulder of the Midwest, Marquette receives an annual snowfall around 225 inches. That's nearly 19 feet of snow each season, and that's probably why you see racks and cargo boxes topping the majority of vehicles around town.

Marquette offers some of the best skiing and riding found around the Great Lakes, with a 600-foot vertical drop, 25 runs, four terrain parks and a halfpipe, three chairlifts, and a surface tow. You can see the city and Lake Superior from the top of the mountain. The ski area is within the city limits and most lodging establishments package with the ski area.

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