[R321R, Pine Mountain], near Iron Mountain in Michigan's remote UP, offers a scenic winter getaway for skiers and snowboarders. Couple that with the resorts lift and lodging packages, and you have a couple of good reasons to make the trip.

Midweek Escape packages start from $80 per night and include a night's stay and two adult lift tickets. The offer is good Sunday through Thursday. Weekend Escape packages start from $349 and include a two-night stay, lift tickets for two days, and a hot breakfast buffet Saturday and Sunday mornings.

A Family Escape package, which starts from $449, includes Friday and Saturday night lodging for a family of four, lift tickets and a hot breakfast buffet both weekend mornings.

New this ski season at Pine Mountain is an expanded Bone Yard terrain park with additional features, and the newly created Piney's Playground for tots.

Located on a ridge overlooking the city the ski area has a big 500-foot vertical drop with 27 trails and slopes, two terrain parks, three chairlifts, and two surface tows. Scenic views from the top of the ridge stretch as far as the eye can see.

The resort is also home to the Pine Mountain Ski Jump, which is known throughout the jumping world as one of the best jumping hills on planet Earth. Every February the top jumpers from around the world flock to Iron Mountain to test their skills against each other. The U.S. record jump of 140 meters/459 feet was set here and still stands.

Over 20,000 spectators will crowd around the bottom of the jump to watch theses daring young men "fly." Live bands will be playing, and tail gating parties will be taking place in the parking lot. It's truly a winter spectacle, and the town fills to overflowing.

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