Snowriver Mountain Resort - the winter spirit of the U.P.
Nestled among mountains, rivers, and waterfalls, it is an oasis for families year-round.
A serene getaway with 160" of annual snowfall, not to mention crisp, cooling breezes off the 917 miles of Lake Superior shoreline even during the summer months, Snowriver allows you to get swept away in the grandeur of nature.
Beyond the rugged, natural beauty, Snowriver has a robust support system in the Midwestern Family Ski Resorts. Snowriver will carry on the tradition of being a destination for people seeking nature, adventure, and time together. MFSR will help guests maximize enjoyment while giving back to the surrounding communities with good stewardship of the natural resources and healthy respect for the people who have long called this special place home. As an extension of Lutsen and Granite Peak, Snowriver will demonstrate an understanding of- and commitment to the best ways to create year-round access to nature and recreation.
Comprised of two mountains, Snowriver Mountain Resort offers a selection of various terrain and opportunities for powder run days after snowstorms! In the future, we anticipate connecting these two properties via a lift system, and currently provide a shuttle every 30 minutes between our base area operations for fun on both hills.
Snowriver Mountain Resort has been in business for over 60 years starting as Indianhead Mountain Resort in the 1950s and absorbing Blackjack Mountain in 2008. Snowriver Mountain Resort is a member of the Midwest Family Ski Resorts which includes Granite Peak Ski Area at Rib Mountain outside of Wausau, Wisconsin, and Lutsen Mountains along the shores of Lake Superior in Minnesota.
Off the Jackson Creek Summit, you'll find a ton of groomers and cruisers with plenty of amenities including our Jackson Creek Lodge for vacation stays! The Jackson Creek Chalet features the Sky Bar with beautiful views and vistas including a vast selection of beer, cocktails, and pub-style fare. Upstairs you'll find the Cafeteria for quick grab-and-go items along with a huge retail shop and equipment rentals.
The slopes and lifts from the Black River Basin area operate Thursday through Sunday and special holidays. The special legacy of Black River Basin is that you can find unbelievable Snow Country Powder from the week on Thursdays, as we don't groom the hill through the week, and leave it in its "au natural" state for fun on Thursdays. Black River Basin's chalet offers Logger's Lounge for food & beverage as well as an equipment rental shop, plenty of seating, and locker room facilities.
The legacy of loving nature and winter sports will ring true in every aspect of Snowriver as a place to celebrate all possible, whether for a day, a season, or an entire year. Snowriver is your stage for UP memories.
POWDER U.P. this winter and join us for a family vacation!
Snowriver Mountain Resort is a member of the Midwest Family Ski Resorts portfolio. Charles Skinner, Jr. and his family are the owners and have been operating ski areas for decades.
The Skinner Family began operating ski areas in 1962 when Charlie Skinner, Sr. founded Sugar Hills in Grand Rapids, MN. Charles, Jr. operated Lutsen with his brother-in-law Tom Rider until January 2022, when Charles purchased full ownership. Charles has been owner and president of Granite Peak since 2000. Our mission is to provide healthy outdoor recreation of the highest quality to Midwesterners, especially families and individuals of all abilities. Our mission also promotes our employees' healthy and happy well-being, and supporting our diverse communities.
Granite Peak is Wisconsin's largest and most legendary ski area. Celebrating over 85 years of skiing and riding in Wisconsin, Granite Peak offers up 56 trails spread out across 225 acres of terrain with four terrain parks, numerous mogul runs, 7 gladed tree terrain areas, and Wisconsin's most modern lift system with three high-speed chairlifts including Wisconsin's only 6-pack, the Comet Express.
Located outside the City of Wausau, Granite Peak has the luxury of offering a destination that can cater to all lifestyles with plenty of dining, accommodations, and attractions all within 5 minutes of the slopes!
Located on the shores of Lake Superior, Lutsen Mountains is Minnesota's Premier Destination Ski Resort. Offering 1,000 acres of terrain, four mountain peaks, the Midwest's only Gondola, and ski-in & ski-out accommodations it is where Traditions begin. Lutsen Mountains offers amazing views of Lake Superior with tons of glades, numerous hand-maintained mogul runs, and long-winding cruisers. Once the lifts stop, the nightlife continues at Papa Charlie's, the North Country's premier live music venue offering live music throughout the ski season. In the summer Lutsen offers an alpine slide, hiking trails, and serves as your basecamp for exploring the surrounding waterfalls, shorelines of Lake Superior, and all that Cook County and the North have to offer.