Mt. Bohemia Anyone?

Has anyone skied Mt. Bohemia in the U.P.? They’re calling it “one of the top ten undiscovered ski resorts in the world” which seems a tall order. Matching cheap Porky pass… The trees at the cliff bases look dangerous, plus the five-hour drive, but their promo video is classic. Somebody must know something?

19 Comments

funkenschutz

about 10 years ago

Aids in the glades

samh

about 10 years ago

I would not suggest showing up there in the middle of the night and breaking into a yurt to sleep because it's warmer than your car and then waking up and hiking to the top to get fresh tracks (even if it's mad, mad pow -- because if it snows it will be super-fresh lake effect goodness). Just sayin'.

Herzog

about 10 years ago

I called about the yurts and they ran a very reasonable $175 a night, how can you refuse...,was Borte in there for that price?  Hey Funkenshutz causes AIDS!

Richard

about 10 years ago

I go to Bohemia at least three times a year. Worth the trip. Believe the hype. I just hope they get more snow...takes about 90" to make the place ski-able.

Swan

about 10 years ago

Cheap, deep but not very steep.

James

about 10 years ago

The place is awesome in the fall. Mountain biking and take the chair to the top for the view of the great color. The powder is deep but not as steep as the Yurt prices. But then again where else can you sleep in a Yurt?

Em

about 10 years ago

I loved it.

Richard

about 10 years ago

The snow is starting to pile up, but it's not enough just yet:

Images courtesy of the Lac La Belle Lodge and Bear Belly Bar & Grill.

speechie

about 10 years ago

The goal is to actually keep it undiscovered, so don't tell ALL your friends, just the awesome ones who know how to appreciate the UP.

Ian

about 10 years ago

Got spanked out there at telefest 2010.  Had a blast tho.  It hadn't snowed for a while so it was all moguls, everywhere.  Only a couple non-tree runs as an "easy" way out.  No groomer, so don't plan on long steep corduroy screamers, expect the best/worst MN has to offer, but steeper and with trees.  Can't wait to get out there in '11.  Also, if there isn't a ton of snow, plan on nailing a few rocks.

Forrest

about 10 years ago

I've gone once every year for the past 3 years now. I have a blast every time. Highly recommended.

Herzog

about 10 years ago

Good spanked or bad spanked?  Whitecap ain't too shabby either. Wonder if La Bohem is worth the extra 150 miles? Not grooming the crap out of the place after a foot sounds like a perk. They must be thinking outside the box.  Someone should put together a Spanish Caravan to get there on powder days.

Carl Miller

about 10 years ago

Best Place to ski/board in the region. Puts Spirit to shame! But please go to Mont du Lac! Hahaha.

Seriously though, worth the trip. If you hear of a snowstorm going on and you have a few days off, that is the best time to go, especially after a nice snow-base has fallen.

Ian

about 10 years ago

Good spanked!  Getting in better shape before the trip this year.

resolut

about 10 years ago

Is Bohemia worth the trip?

That depends on the type of skier/snowboarder you are.  Have you gotten your lift ticket clipped for jumping ropes at resorts? Or taken advantage of a good snow year by skiing off your roof? Or are you willing to be smacked by thick brush in order to ride some untouched Midwest powder? Ever spent hours hiking for a glorious 10 minute rip? If this is your style, Bohemia is worth the trip. 

As others have noted, Bohemia doesn't make snow or groom so conditions are very weather-dependent.  On some days I have I dropped cliff after cliff into 3ft deep powder. On other days the snow was so sparse, mogulled, and rock hard just getting to the bottom of the hill was a huge feat.  One time, I took a wrong turn and spent an hour wading through fresh waist deep snow trying to find a way out of the forest.

Bohemia is a 360 degree hill with a road circling the base.  Wherever you go down, you'll eventually make it to the road where you can catch a shuttle bus to bring you to the bottom of the lift. This set-up opens up a vast space for a very low cost. By not making snow, grooming, offering lessons, operating a chalet, building a terrain park, or any other tourist attractions they can focus on cheaply providing lift access to the most mountain-like, cliff filled terrain in the Midwest.

I ride Bohemia every year and as much as I love sharing two lifts with only 20 people, I'd rather spread the word so they can stay in business. So, if Bohemia was built for the likes of you, check it out.

resolut

about 10 years ago

This review, printed in the Star Tribune of all places, captured the essence of Bohemia.

Over the edge in Michigan

Mick Dodds

about 10 years ago

When the snow is good, Bohemia is the bomb! It's like out west when you take the lifts to the back bowl and just ski that back bowl all day ... that's Bohemia. When they say "no beginners" they mean it! Psssst ... full cabins at Laq LaBelle Lodge are cheaper than on hill ... are on the shuttle line (OK -- 1/4 mile off) ... full kitchens and much more space than trailside ... and an open bar/cafe 30 steps away.

resolut

about 10 years ago

Bohemia has had over 100 inches of snow so far this year.  The average for a season is 273".  If only the North Shore averaged over 22 feet of lake-effect snow a year!

ken

about 10 years ago

We tried Bohemia for the 1st time this year during the Christmas break, needed more snow.  However, the glade skiing was absolutely the best in the midwest, like they say.  I'm in average shape and I'd much rather ski the 900' vertical here than the 2,500' out west because I can breath due to the lower altitude.

Spread the word - this place needs to stay open and thrive.

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