Keweenaw Peninsula, MI, May 2--The on-again, off-again Mt. Bohemia ski area in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is once again a go according to the project's developers.
At a news conference on Monday, May 1, spokespersons from Black Bear Entertainment, Adventure & RecreationCompany--a subsidiary of Crosswinds Communities, Michigan-based developers of the project--announced that plans for the ski resort are moving forward.
The company had considered scrapping the project after the Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners decided on April 11 not to apply for a $907,000 grant to put in a sewer and water system at the hill. But after crunching the numbers, Crosswinds ha decided to absorb the costs of the water system, paving the way for the ski area's construction. At the news conference, Crosswinds representatives also released a brochure outlining summer kayak trips that will be offered by the soon-to-be resort. Other activities outlined included hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, and cross-country skiing.
The first goal for the developers is to hire a qualified mountain manager to run the ski hill. Sno Engineering of Lyme, NH will handle the design and construction of the ski runs. Twelve downhill runs, 12 backcountry runs, and two lifts are expected to be in operation by December2000. The first phase of the project also includes a base lodge and 50 log cabins, which will be built over the next few years. Once completed, Mt. Bohemia will boast skiing on a 970-foot vertical mountain, the steepest in the Midwest, with rocky chutes and backcountry glades. Still, Mt. Bohemia has a few more hurdles to overcome. The project met with vocal local opposition at a public forum last month. Some of these protesters have indicated that they may ask that the issue be put to a referendum, which could mean more uncertainty for the proposed ski area.