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Pine Mountain Skiing - Ready for winter season

November 11, 2008
Mining Journal
Pine Mountain Resort, the only full service ski resort in the Upper Peninsula, is ready for the 2008-09 ski season.
Located on Pine Mountain Road in Iron Mountain, the ski resort has terrain for all skiing abilities — from bunny hill to black diamond. Resort officials are aiming to open the ski hills Friday, Nov. 28, weather permitting.
Pre-season passes are on sale now.
Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The hill offers four nights of night skiing — Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Adult racing league is also on Wednesday night.
The resort has 26 runs, two terrain parks and two night lighted parks. Hill levels are labeled as beginner, intermediate or advanced.
New this year are snowboarder parks.
Charlie Hassell, maintenance director/lift supervisor for Pine Mountain Resort, said maintenance has been been done for this year’s season.
He said the high school race shack at the top of the hill and general maintenance on the triple lift has been completed. The snow guns have been reconditioned, as they are every year.
“We didn’t cut or clear any new runs. We had six new runs last year so there are now 26 runs,” he said. “The new runs were very popular and are accessible from the Spruce Chair Lift.”
Hassell added the new runs are a little more challenging and listed as diamonds. The names of the new runs are a pine theme and include Little Pine, Upper Pine, Lower Pine, Doe’s Path and Foe’s Path.
“They are real popular. Lots of people are commenting and using them a lot,” he said.
In-season pass pricing is as follows: $859 for a family pass, $369 for an adult ages 19 to 59, $299 for juniors ages 10 to 18 and seniors 60 and over.
Midweek prices during non-holidays are $199 and $99 for children nine and under.
Holidays are listed as Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 and Feb. 20-22.
A weekend/holiday daily adult and adult/child combination pass is $39. Junior and seniors pay $36, and passes for children 12 and under $20. Weekday passes are slightly cheaper with an adult and adult/child combination pass $30, junior/senior passes $25 and child 12 and under $15.
Kids 12 and under always ski free at Pine Mountain when accompanied by a paying adult.
“We had probably the best snow conditions of anybody in the general area last year with leftover snow for snow floats at the July 4 parade,” Hassell said.
The ski hill also hosts the Pine Mountain Ski Jumps in February. This year, the tournaments are Feb. 13-15.
Located at N3332 Pine Mountain Road, the resort houses Famers Restaurant, a ski shop and a ski-in ski-out condo unit.
The resort can be reached at (906) 774-2747 or toll free at 1-877-553-7463. Or visit them online at www.pinemountainresort.com.

Article Photos

Hunter, Kirk and Paige Fortner of Iron Mountain ride the chairlift at Pine Mountain in Iron Mountain.

 
 

 

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