Big Powderhorn Ski Resort

Big Powderhorn Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Michigan in USA. The resort is in the town of Ironwood, MI.

We recently ranked all of Michigan's ski resorts, so you can see where Big Powderhorn stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Season Passes

Big Powderhorn is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.

Lodging Options

There are numerous options to stay at Big Powderhorn around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.

Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort Terrain Overview

Big Powderhorn has a total of 45 ski trails, which are serviced by 10 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Big Powderhorn is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 253 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 102 hectares, 0.4 square miles, or 1.0 square kilometers.

Big Powderhorn's slopes see on average 214 inches (65 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 17 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
253(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall
214"(6,523 cm)

Big Powderhorn Ski Resort Elevation

Big Powderhorn Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,800 feet, or 549 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,200 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 600 feet (183 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Big Powderhorn has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,800'(549 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
600'(183 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
1,200'(366 m)

Big Powderhorn Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
37.5out of 100
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Big Powderhorn can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 73% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

Big Powderhorn has 253 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Big Powderhorn is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 27% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 73%.
Green Circle
27%(68 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
40%(101 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
33%(83 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Big Powderhorn Ski Resort good for beginners?

Big Powderhorn can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 73% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Big Powderhorn Ski Resort Location

Big Powderhorn Ski Resort is located in the state of Michigan, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Ironwood, MI.

Ironwood, MI 49938 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
46.49000, -90.10000

Getting to Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Big Powderhorn Ski Resort), its coordinates of 46.49000, -90.10000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Ironwood, MI to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Big Powderhorn Ski Resort.

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International AirportMSPMinneapolis, MN187 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Big Powderhorn.

Rhinelander Oneida County AirportRHIRhinelander, WI67 mi
Houghton County Memorial AirportCMXHancock, MI89 mi
Duluth International AirportDLHDuluth, MN102 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Big Powderhorn Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Big Powderhorn Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Mt. Zion Ski HillIronwood, MI1,400 ft32%3 mi
Snowriver Mountain Resort - BlackjackRamsay, MI1,650 ft41%5 mi
Snowriver Mountain Resort - IndianheadWakefield, MI1,935 ft47%6 mi
Whitecap Mountains ResortUpson, WI1,750 ft37%15 mi
Mount AshwabayBayfield, WI1,286 ft28%43 mi
Mont RipleyHancock, MI1,140 ft43%84 mi

Big Powderhorn Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,800 ft
Base Elevation1,200 ft
Vertical Drop600 ft
(27% Beginner,  40% Intermediate,  33% Expert)
Skiable Acres253
Avg. Annual Snowfall214 inches
Big Powderhorn Ski Resort Mountain Stats