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Porcupine Mountains – Guided Snowshoe Hikes – Saturdays – January & February

Porcupine Mountains Guided Snowshoe Hikes
Snowshoers on this hike can ride the ski lift up the hill then snowshoe down the east side of the ski area. We’ll stop at East Vista for the view then bust through virgin snow on our way back down. Bring a camera on this picturesque hike. All experience levels welcome. Snowshoes can be borrowed from the park if needed, just arrive a few minutes early. The hikes is 2 hours and of moderate difficulty. Meet at the log shed between the ski hill and the open slope.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park will hose guided snowshoe hikes every Saturday from 1-3 p.m. in January and February. Visit www.michigan.gov/gogetoutdoors for additional events.

If there is severe weather or if the temperature is 5 degrees or below, these programs will be canceled. Cancellations will be posted at the program meeting location or call 906-885-5206 to check in advance.

Please Note:
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources makes every effort to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information on the web calendar. However, dates occasionally change and events may be canceled for any reason. Please call the unit hosting the event to confirm dates and times prior to your arrival.

A Recreation Passport is required for entry into all Michigan state parks and recreation areas. Check “YES” when you renew your license plate. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.

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For more information on winter recreation opportunities at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, call 906-885-5275 or visit www.michigan.gov/porkies.

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Porcupine Mountains – Lantern Light Cross-Country Skiing – Saturdays – January & February

Porcupine Mountains Cross Country Ski
NOTE: Saturday, January 28th’s lantern lit ski and snow shoe program is cancelled. Sorry everyone. It will resume when the trail conditions and the park Intepreter’s health improves.

Nearly 80 old-fashioned kerosene lanterns will illuminate a 1-mile trail for a unique and memorable experience. The ski trail is track-set for classic skiers, while snowshoers can make their own trail adjacent to the lighted loop. Stop about halfway around the loop at the warming shelter, where the park naturalist will have a campfire going and provide some refreshments.

The ski trail has an “easy” difficulty rating; however, skiing or snowshoeing at night is always a challenge. The lanterns are on the Superior Trail immediately across the street from the ski hill entrance.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park will host lantern-lit ski/snowshoe events every Saturday in January and February from 6-9 p.m. (6:30 pm in February) Visit www.michigan.gov/gogetoutdoors for additional events.

If there is severe weather or if the temperature is 5 degrees or below, these programs will be canceled. Cancellations will be posted at the program meeting location or call 906-885-5206 to check in advance.

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Saturday February 11th, 2017 - 3:52 pm

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Great Night for the Lantern Lit Trail.
The weather is nice, good snow conditions and the trail looks great.

Should be a great night to come out. 6:30 - 9:00 PM ET on the Superior Loop.
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Great Night for the Lantern Lit Trail. 
The weather is nice, good snow conditions and the trail looks great. 

Should be a great night to come out. 6:30 - 9:00 PM ET on the Superior Loop.

Comment on Facebook

Tina Melonie Christina and then I see this tonight when I got home...good omen!?

How fun! I didn't know this was a thing.

Storybook beautiful.

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Thursday December 22nd, 2016 - 2:06 pm

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How much is this and are there snow shoes available?

Dianne Chesney Hogrefe

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Porcupine Mountains – Midwest Telefest – February 7 – 9, 2020

We are looking forward to Midwest Telefest 2020. This will be our 30th year and our biggest event ever!

February 7-9 2020
Porcupine Mountains State Park.

We have a lot planned for this year but here are the basics for now.

– Friday Party at @ Loons with Live Music
– Uphill/Downhill Race
– Group Skiing
– Backcountry Tours
– Chili Cookoff/Potluck
– Old Timey Music Saturday
– Prizes/Awards/Raffle/Swag giveaway

New this year we are working on getting a NTN demo fleet. We have the boots and a few ski’s so far and are working on the rest. If you have a good pair of shape skis and/or NTN Bindings to donate, contact us.

Book your accommodations For Midwest Telefest 2020, February 7-9. Hope to see you all there!

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Monday August 17th, 2020 - 12:32 pm

Midwest Telefest

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped clear backcountry ski glades at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area last weekend! We had a great crew of workers!

Thanks to Bill and Tammy at the Porkies for helping to coordinate this event providing tools, transportation, food and drinks!

We finished a large portion of the glade between Superior View and Hemlock ski runs that we will call the Midwest Telefest backcountry glade!

We are planning another weekend brush clearing event for the weekend of October 11 and 12. Keep following us for details!

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Thanks folks!

Awesome!!!!!

Thanks. I’ll try and make the next one.

Thursday August 13th, 2020 - 3:36 pm

Midwest Telefest

Hey Midwest Telemark Skiers!

Our summer backcountry brush clearing event is about 2 days away at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area and we need your help!

Saturday August 15 10am - 5pm

Bring good boots, work clothes and gloves, water and food/snacks. If you are skilled with a chainsaw or brush cutter and want to bring your equipment and tools, please do. Otherwise we will need plenty of folks to just help us move large downed trees after we cut them into smaller pieces.

Camping is free by Porkies Ski Lodge both Friday and Saturday nights.
bathrooms will be available for use and to get water.

Saturday night starting at 6pm we will have a dinner party at lodge. Bill the ski hill manager is donating burgers and brats to our crew! Bring your own side dish and drinks.

There is also a new mountain bike trail down the ski hill, so brink bikes if you wanna try it!

Lets be safe and social distance while working and hanging out, masks are recommended when working and visiting closer together.

See official event for this on the Midwest Telefest FB page and respond if your going so we can know about how many folks to expect.

We will be working on one glade between runs on west side of hill that will be officially the Midwest Telefest backcountry glade!

Thanks folks!

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Hey Midwest Telemark Skiers!

Our summer backcountry brush clearing event is about 2 days  away at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area and we need your help!

Saturday August 15      10am - 5pm

Bring good boots, work clothes and gloves, water and food/snacks.  If you are skilled with a chainsaw or brush cutter and want to bring your equipment and tools, please do. Otherwise we will need plenty of folks to just help us move large downed trees after we cut them into smaller pieces.  

Camping is free by Porkies Ski Lodge both Friday and Saturday nights.
bathrooms will be available for use and to get water.  

Saturday night starting at 6pm we will have a dinner party at lodge. Bill the ski hill manager is donating burgers and brats to our crew! Bring your own side dish and drinks.

There is also a new mountain bike trail down the ski hill, so brink bikes if you wanna try it!

Lets be safe and social distance while working and hanging out, masks are recommended when working and visiting closer together. 

See official event for this on the Midwest Telefest FB page and respond if your going so we can know about how many folks to expect.

We will be working on one glade between runs on west side of hill that will be officially the Midwest Telefest backcountry glade!

Thanks folks!

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - Porkies

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Wednesday August 5th, 2020 - 12:06 pm

Midwest Telefest

Hey Midwest Telemark Skiers!

Our summer backcountry brush clearing event is less than 2 weeks away at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area and we need your help.

Saturday August 15 10am - 5pm

Bring good boots, work clothes and gloves, water and food/snacks. If you are skilled with a chainsaw or brush cutter and want to bring your equipment and tools, please do. Otherwise we will need plenty of folks to just help us move large downed trees after we cut them into smaller pieces.

Camping is free by Porkies Ski Lodge both Friday and Saturday nights.
bathrooms will be available for use and to get water.

Saturday night starting at 6pm we will have a dinner party at lodge. Bill the ski hill manager is donating burgers and brats to our crew! Bring your own side dish and drinks.

There is also a new mountain bike trail down the ski hill, so brink bikes if you wanna try it!

Lets be safe and social distance while working and hanging out, masks are recommended when working and visiting closer together.

See official event for this on the Midwest Telefest FB page and respond if your going so we can know about how many folks to expect.

We will be working on one glade between runs on west side of hill that will be officially the Midwest Telefest backcountry glade!

Thanks folks!

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - Porkies

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Hey Midwest Telemark Skiers!

Our summer backcountry brush clearing event is less than 2 weeks  away at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area and we need your help.  

Saturday August 15      10am - 5pm

Bring good boots, work clothes and gloves, water and food/snacks.  If you are skilled with a chainsaw or brush cutter and want to bring your equipment and tools, please do. Otherwise we will need plenty of folks to just help us move large downed trees after we cut them into smaller pieces.  

Camping is free by Porkies Ski Lodge both Friday and Saturday nights.
bathrooms will be available for use and to get water.  

Saturday night starting at 6pm we will have a dinner party at lodge. Bill the ski hill manager is donating burgers and brats to our crew! Bring your own side dish and drinks.

There is also a new mountain bike trail down the ski hill, so brink bikes if you wanna try it!

Lets be safe and social distance while working and hanging out, masks are recommended when working and visiting closer together. 

See official event for this on the Midwest Telefest FB page and respond if your going so we can know about how many folks to expect.

We will be working on one glade between runs on west side of hill that will be officially the Midwest Telefest backcountry glade!

Thanks folks!

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - Porkies

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Looks like rain and thunderstorms rolling through, it is still a go?

Monday July 20th, 2020 - 6:50 am

Midwest Telefest

Hey Midwest Telemark Skiers!

Our summer backcountry brush clearing event is about one month away at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area and we need your help.

Saturday August 15 10am - 5pm

Bring good boots, work clothes and gloves, water and food/snacks. If you are skilled with a chainsaw or brush cutter and want to bring your equipment and tools, please do. Otherwise we will need plenty of folks to just help us move large downed trees after we cut them into smaller pieces.

Camping is free by Porkies Ski Lodge, bathrooms will be available for use and to get water. Saturday night starting at 6pm we will have a dinner party at lodge, bring your own food and drinks. Grill should be available to use if you want to grill out.

Lets be safe and social distance while working and hanging out, masks are recommended when working and visiting closer together.

See official event for this on the Midwest Telefest FB page and respond if your going so we can know about how many folks to expect.

We will be working on one glade between runs on west side of hill that will be officially the Midwest Telefest backcountry glade!

Thanks folks!

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - Porkies

Porcupine Mountains Ski Area
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Hey Midwest Telemark Skiers!

Our summer backcountry brush clearing event is about one month away at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area and we need your help.  

Saturday August 15      10am - 5pm

Bring good boots, work clothes and gloves, water and food/snacks.  If you are skilled with a chainsaw or brush cutter and want to bring your equipment and tools, please do. Otherwise we will need plenty of folks to just help us move large downed trees after we cut them into smaller pieces.  

Camping is free by Porkies Ski Lodge, bathrooms will be available for use and to get water.  Saturday night starting at 6pm we will have a dinner party at lodge, bring your own food and drinks. Grill should be available to use if you want to grill out. 

Lets be safe and social distance while working and hanging out, masks are recommended when working and visiting closer together. 

See official event for this on the Midwest Telefest FB page and respond if your going so we can know about how many folks to expect.

We will be working on one glade between runs on west side of hill that will be officially the Midwest Telefest backcountry glade!

Thanks folks!

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - Porkies

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Question about the camping at the ski hill. Is that available Friday and Saturday night? Also do you think there will be some clearing done on Sunday? Planning on some backpacking after the work is done and trying to make BC reservations.

Naming rights is cool. Does the gogebic college operate the hill now? Lonnie still??

Wondering if this is still happening and if there is someone to contact once you arrive? I've never been up there before and can see myself wandering aimlessly once arrivng. Thanks!

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Porcupine Mountains – Snowburst 2017 – February 25, 2017


SNOWBURST CARNIVAL – Saturday, February 25…

Join us at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Hill for Snow Burst 2017.

A fun filled day of events. Music – Races – Games – Fireworks! and more!

There’s no better place to celebrate a snow-filled winter than the Porcupine Mountains. And every February that celebration has a name: the Snowburst Winter Carnival.

Snow-loving adventurers of all ages come together for this fun event at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area, where they can enjoy all kinds of winter bliss—snowshoeing, downhill skiing, lantern-lit expeditions on the trails, live music, fireworks and much more.

The next Snowburst Winter Carnival will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

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