Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Detroit suburbs
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If the weather is good and the snow totals are high enough, it might be worth it to keep heading north and check out Mount Bohemia, which is over 900 vertical feet of all expert-rated/backcountry terrain. If you're not that confident in your skills, on the west side of the Upper Peninsula is Ski Porkies, which has almost 800 vertical feet of terrain and recently added 100+ acres of snow-cat serviced backcountry terrain which would be mellower and less "extreme" than Bohemia.
Porkies is in/near Ontonagon over on the west side of the UP, Bohemia is in Mohawk about 1hr north of Houghton/Hancock.
Just north of the WI border there are a handful of other resorts all within a short drive of one another, Blackjack, Big Powderhorn and Indianhead. In terms of vertical feet, these are all around 500-600 so comparable to, or slightly larger than Boyne Highlands. Acreage I think they are all smaller, though. I would wager all of these would be less crowded than Boyne, and most likely less expensive as well.
I have never been to any of these resorts but planning a trip to Bohemia/Porkies for late January.