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Dallas WiertellaApril 30, 2024

Ski season at Mount Bohemia now closed, but future visits require experience

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MOUNT BOHEMIA CLOSED FOR SEASON—It’s not snowy anymore like the picture of a ski lift, and that means spring is coming soon. Mount Bohemia is now closed for the season, and will be welcoming new guests in the winter. Photo courtesy of Samantha Tschirhart.

As the skiing season comes to a close, we pack up our ski and snowboarding gear away and get ready for the warmer weather. If you still have snow on your mind for next year and maybe want to change the scenery from our humble Marquette Mountain, then maybe you should take a trip up North to Mount Bohemia.

Mount Bohemia is an extreme bay-side skiing resort located 140 miles away in Mohawk, Michigan. It offers expert runs that are sure to challenge even a seasoned skier and warns less experienced beginners to stay away. They warn of harsh weather and run conditions to make sure skiers come prepared to stay safe. On a more exciting note, they boast 585 acres of land and a 900-foot vertical drop.

The official Mount Bohemia website, mtbohemia.com, said that “Mount Bohemia is unlike any other ski area in the Midwest. Much of our terrain is very advanced or expert only, even by “Rocky Mountain” standards.”

The U.P. is known for its harsh winters so expect to see the reflected Bohemia and come prepared. They offer untouched runs only maintained by the weather for you to get the most natural skiing experience.

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“With the high winds, extreme cold and lots of snow it really makes it feel like you took a trip out of Michigan.” junior environmental studies major Samantha Tschirhart warns. “I would highly recommend having good gloves for the negative days and make sure you have goggles for the snow and wind, without goggles you won’t be able to see on the windy days.”

Wind isn’t the only thing you might have to worry about next season. The current situation of the pandemic may not be certain for what lies ahead but the staff of Bohemia makes sure to enforce guidelines and procedures to keep their guests safe. They will require masks in all of their facilities and be enforcing a social distancing rule, the website said.

“From what I saw they took all the precautions. It is quite easy at an outdoor ski hill,” Tschirhart said. “Everyone wore masks in line, on the bus and at the bathrooms, or anywhere with crowded people. The ticket booth was outside and there were strict limits on the hot tubs and bar.”

 The UP offers many sights and scenery that you can’t find anywhere else. The season for outdoor winter adventures may be coming to a close, but when you return next semester the snow will be just around the corner. Take some time to explore outside of Marquette and find your way to great skiing at Mount Bohemia. 

“It is an extremely cool hill with pretty views there and on the drive,” Tschirhart said. “I would definitely recommend looking at the hill first though.”

For more information, visit the website at mtbohemia.com or give them a call at 906-360-7240.

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Dallas Wiertella
Dallas Wiertella, Multimedia Editor
Through my experience here at the North Wind I have been able to have the privilege of highlighting students through all forms of multimedia journalism. Whether I'm in front or behind the camera, I aim to highlight human achievement in whatever way I can!