Mont Ripley welcomes all snow enthusiasts. The ski area is owned by Michigan Technological University and sits in the middle of Houghton and Hancock. Mont Ripley is amazingly convenient: minutes from great lodging, restaurants, microbreweries, nightclubs, and shopping. Mont Ripley is a star attraction of the scenic Keweenaw Peninsula, home to the most snow in the Midwest.

Skiing, snowboarding, and tubing for Michigan Technological University and the public. As the oldest ski area in Michigan and snowiest city in the Midwest, Mont Ripley is a true alpine town experience: Twenty-four trailsterrain parktubing park, 112 acres, and a scenic overlook of the Keweenaw Waterway. 

  • 24 Trails
  • 440′ Vertical Drop
  • 112 Acres of Skiable Terrain
  • Night Skiing
  • Snowmaking
  • Six Different Glade Runs
  • Two Chairlifts & a T-Bar Lift
  • Tubing Park—3 lanes, 1 handle tow
  • One mile from the Michigan Tech campus
  • Powder Bowls, Beginner Hills to Expert Runs, Cruisers to Bumps, Racers to Glades
  • Terrain Parks with Jumps and Slides

Riding the lift at Mont Ripley

Because Mont Ripley is in the snowiest town in the Midwest (Hancock, Michigan, was designated third snowiest city in America by the Weather Channel), not only will you have more opportunity to ski some fresh powder, but its groomed runs are velvety soft corduroy in which hero turns can be made! Although Mont Ripley has a great learning area with a learn-to program to fit your needs and wallet, it is famous for its challenging terrain. From its urban backcountry glades to the terrain parks with more than thirty features—including jumps and slides to challenge your abilities—Mont Ripley is that hidden gem you’ve been looking for.

Terrain Park

Mont Ripley Ski Area is home to the biggest terrain park in the Upper Peninsula, with beginner to advanced features for all skill levels. The terrain park offers big air jumps and dozens of interchangeable features which change throughout the season. The park features a variety of jumps, rails, boxes, and exciting NEW features for the 2023 ski & snowboard season! 

Snowboarder glides across rail at Mont Ripley Terrain Park.

  • 25' 35' and 45' Wedge Jumps
  • Cannon Rail
  • Dance Floors
  • Flat Down Flat Rail
  • Down Flat Down Box
  • Shark Fin
  • C Box 
  • 40' Donkey Kong Rail
  • Down Box
  • Up Down Box
  • Up Down Rail 
  • Flat Box
  • Pole Jam
  • C Rail 
  • Kiddie Jumps
  • Up Box
  • Mailbox
  • Wall Ride
  • Street Style Hand Rail
  • Whale's Tail - Roller Coaster Box
  • More NEW features for 2023!

Tubing Park

Fun for families and anyone young at heart, fly down the mountain side at the Keweenaw's only Tubing Park. Grab your tubing pass at the ticket office and then enjoy hours of exciting runs. The park's tow rope takes you to the top of the hill, so no hiking necessary. The hill offers for tubing lanes with great views of Houghton and the Lift Bridge. Be sure to grab some cocoa at the Chalet to stay warm before your next run! Tubing Park Information 

Tubing at Mont Ripley

HuSKI Cafe

Mont Ripley's HuSKI Cafe serves up warm food and drinks at the base of the ski hill. Known for good burgers, hot cocoa and the surprisingly rewarding soft-pretzel with chees sauce, it's a great place to warm up and watch skiers and snowboards cruise down the mountain. The grill serves up plenty of hot favorites, but you'll find plenty of options for those with a sweet tooth. You'll also find equipment rentals and restrooms in the base of the building.

Woman orders food at the counter of the Husky Cafe


2023 Mont Ripley Map

Want a more exciting view of Mont Ripley’s trails? Take a virtual tour with Trail Genius! Mont Ripley is the first ski area in the country to offer this exciting trail perspective.



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