Marquette Mountain facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsMarquette Mountain
View from Marquette Mountain
with Lake Superior in the distance
|Location||Marquette, Michigan, U.S.|
|Nearest city||Marquette: 3 miles (5 km) from downtown|
|Vertical||457 ft (139 m)|
|Top elevation||1,257 ft (383 m)|
|Base elevation||800 ft (244 m)|
|Skiable area||169 acres (0.68 km2)|
- 15% easiest
- 50% more difficult
- 35% most difficult
|Longest run||1.25 miles (2.0 km)|
|Lift system||3 chairlifts, 1 tow|
|Lift capacity||5,200 / hr|
|Snowfall||117 in (300 cm)|
|Night skiing||7 nights / wk|
Marquette Mountain Resort offers four seasons of adventure and natural beauty, located just minutes from downtown Marquette, Michigan, the major city in the state's Upper Peninsula. In addition to skiing and snow boarding in the winter, the resort offers mountain biking, volleyball, and hiking in the spring, summer, and fall. The lodge houses a full service restaurant and bar, retail, indoor seating, and a variety of unique venue spaces for weddings, parties, meetings, or conferences.
The hill has a summit elevation of 1,257 ft (383 m) above sea level, over 300 acres and a vertical drop of 457 ft (139 m). The recipient of lake effect snow from nearby Lake Superior, Marquette Mountain Resort receives an average of 150 in (380 cm) of snowfall annually. It has three chairlifts and a rope tow and is equipped with LED lighting for night skiing. The shore of the lake's Marquette Bay is just two miles (3 km) to the northeast. Ten miles (16 km) to the south is the extensive runway of the county's Sawyer International Airport. The resort's parking lot is adjacent to highway M-553.
Popular from the start, the ski area opened in late 1957. It was originally known as Cliffs Ridge, as it operated on land leased from the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company of Cleveland, Ohio. The first chairlift, a Riblet double, was installed on the skier's right side of Rocket Run in the fall of 1972. Previously, there were 2 T-bars (the original Constam on the skier's left of Rocket and a newer Hall Ski-Lift on the skier's left of Snowfield) and several rope tows. The ski area was renamed "Marquette Mountain" in 1982. In summer of 2020, expansion of the mountain bike trails began.
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