A giant snow gauge on U.S. 41 south of Phoenix proudly marks the Keweenaw’s record snowfall, a staggering 390.4 inches in the winter of 1977–78. It wasn’t an aberration; the surrounding waters of Lake Superior routinely generate colossal lake effect snows, often averaging over 300 inches.
That reliable snowfall, combined with the remarkable local terrain, makes the Keweenaw a haven for snowmobilers, skiers, and snowshoers.
Downhill skiers can check out Michigan’s most challenging terrain at Mount Bohemia (100 Lac La Belle Rd., 231/420-5405, www.mtbohemia.com, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat.–Sun., $47 lift tickets) near Lac La Belle.
by Laura Martone from Moon Michigan, 3rd Edition, © Avalon Travel