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Houghton, MI, Nov. 21, 2000–On November 7, voters in Michigan’s Keweenawpeninsula (atop Michigan’s Upper Peninsula) said ‘yes’ toa zoning proposal that supported the opening of Mt. Bohemia, the Midwest’snewest ski area, for the 2000-2001 ski season. The vote was affirmed bythe county zoning board two days later. Mt. Bohemia is slated to debutin mid-December with 12 trails and 2 lifts.
Midwest skiers have watched Mt. Bohemia’s progress with great interest. The ski area boasts the highest vertical in the Midwest at 900 feet and promises to offer something rare in the region–true extreme terrain. There are no beginner runs at Mt. Bohemia; most of the trails slant at a mid-thirty degree pitch. A half-dozen of those runs emanate from rocky chutes and feed into the largest extreme glade between the Rockies and the East Coast. In addition, 276 inches of snow falls annually on the Keweenaw.
The vote not only paves the way for ski run and lift construction to continue, but it also allows developers to add base area buildings and mountain bike trails with summertime chair lift use.
Hoping to lure skiers to the remote resort, while at the same time addressing locals’ concerns, the resort will offer special events and clinics throughout the winter. For example, rental equipment will be free Monday to Thursday all season, including holiday periods.
Mt. Bohemia spokesman Lonnie Glieberman was thankful for the voters’ support. “We’re excited to be a part of the Keweenaw county community and look forward to an exciting ski year,” he said.