Mont Ripley Ski Resort

Mont Ripley Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Michigan in USA. The resort is in the town of Hancock, MI. We recently ranked all of Michigan's ski resorts, so you can see where Mont Ripley stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Mont Ripley is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Mont Ripley Ski Resort.

Mont Ripley Lodging:

Mont Ripley Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Mont Ripley has a total of 24 ski trails, which are serviced by 3 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Mont Ripley is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 112 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 45 hectares, 0 square miles, or 0 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
112(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Mont Ripley Ski Resort Elevation

Mont Ripley Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,140 feet, or 347 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 700 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 440 feet (134 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

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

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,140'(347 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
440'(134 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
700'(213 m)

Mont Ripley Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
43.3out of 100
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Mont Ripley 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 78% 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.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Mont Ripley has 112 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Mont Ripley is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 22% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 78%.
22%(25 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
30%(34 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
48%(54 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 Mont Ripley Ski Resort good for beginners?

Mont Ripley 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 78% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Mont Ripley Ski Resort Location

Mont Ripley Ski Resort is located in the state of Michigan, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Hancock, MI.

Hancock, MI 49930 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
47.11000, -88.56000

Getting to Mont Ripley Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Mont Ripley Ski Resort), its coordinates of 47.11000, -88.56000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Hancock, 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 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 Mont Ripley.

Houghton County Memorial AirportCMXHancock, MI5 mi
Thunder Bay AirportYQTThunder Bay, ON94 mi
Rhinelander Oneida County AirportRHIRhinelander, WI111 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Mont Ripley 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 Mont Ripley Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Mount BohemiaMohawk, MI1,500 ft71%32 mi
Marquette MountainMarquette, MI1,357 ft42%67 mi
Big Snow (Indianhead Mountain)Wakefield, MI1,935 ft47%79 mi
BlackjackRamsay, MI1,650 ft41%80 mi
Big PowderhornIronwood, MI1,800 ft38%84 mi
Mt. Zion Ski HillIronwood, MI1,400 ft32%88 mi
Loch Lomond Ski AreaThunder Bay, ON1,450 ft39%90 mi
Pine MountainIron Mountain, MI1,650 ft35%90 mi

Mont Ripley Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,140 ft
Base Elevation700 ft
Vertical Drop440 ft
(22% Beginner,  30% Intermediate,  48% Expert)
Skiable Acres112
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Mont Ripley Ski Resort Mountain Stats