A Trip to Mt. Bohemia
By. Brad Kopitz
This last weekend, our Head Buyer Kevin, and our stores General Manager, Trey, and I had a change to venture up to Mt. Bohemia. For those of you who have never heard of Mt. Bohemia, listen up! Located at the top of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Mt. Bohemia has been getting national attention as one of the most rugged, unexplored and underdeveloped ski areas in the country (think Silverton of the Midwest). And let me tell you, it lives up to the hype.
After driving 11 hours through a blizzard, we arrived in Mt. Bohemia. We hadn’t seen a town or gas station for a little over a 45 minutes, so we were way “out there”. The lodge and base camp was made up of a series of Yurts, looking a little like an arctic base camp. We loaded into our 2 bunk cabin and hunkered down until the morning.
Morning came with a fresh 6 inches. Lonnie, the owner of Mt. Bohemia, greeted us in the ticket yurt. He set us up with the ski patrol to head up to help drop the ropes and get first tracks. And first tracks it was! Talk about a hardcore, fun mountain! Mt. Bohemia boasts 2 lifts 425 Acres of ungroomed trees, chutes, cliffs, and features serviced by 2 chairlift as well as a backcountry section where a bus picks you up at the bottom and drive you back to these. It is basically a giant snow covered playground!
After a good day of skiing, we called it quits and cozied up to their “North Pole” bar in one of the base Yurts where we enjoyed beers and hot coco served by the wonderful bartender Cindy! Oh and the live music from Jan Arnold was pretty good too!
We spent another day and night at Mt. Bohemia, each moment being better than the last. For those of you who have every thought of venturing to the far North, all I can say is “GO!”. Mt. Bohemia is a unique and amazing experience that can only be fully understood by spending a weekend there.
Thanks for the awesome trip Lonnie!
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