Porcupine Mountains State Park
Skiing, Snowshoeing, Snowmobiling, Winter Camping, Cabins
Lake Superior Beach - Superior Shores Resort
In the winter of 2006-2007 we traveled to the Porcupine Mountains for our winter getaway. We planned to visit some of our favorite areas in the porkies to see how they appeared in winter and do some snowshoeing. (see info on snowmobile trails, downhill skiing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing below)
We stayed at Superior Shores Resort, near Ontonagon, Mi, at one of their lakeside cabins. Very compfy with a warm gas fired fireplace and picturesque views of the lake; perfect for reading and relaxing. And while we were definitely off the beaten path in a winter wonderland, modern amenities were available - cable-satellite TV and wireless internet. We could have stayed a few more days had we not other travel commitments in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
The 2006-2007 winter in the upper midwest was unusual for the capricious snowfall. Southern areas of Wisconsin received goodly amounts of snow while the northwoods were frequently passed over. The Porcupine Mountains Ski Area normally receives 140 to 200 inches of snow a year. This season the early snows were so sparse that the ski hill didn't open until January 17th - the latest on record. However, by mid-February though conditions were ideal - for downhill skiing, cross country, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing.
Since that winter of 06-07, normal winter conditions have returned with lots of winter snowfall. By mid-November 2010, it was already snowing in the Porkies. Forecasts for 2012-13 winter are for average precipitation, which for the Porkies is quite a bit of snow, so that is good news.