Porkie Pow(d)er!

Backcountry Porkie Powder!

We all know that Porcupine Mountains State Park “The Porkies” are best served in the fall, when the color wheel of leaves is awe-inspiring.  But as locals will tell you, the winter will offer the solitude you crave, and the opportunity to frolic in some of the deepest, lightest snow east of the Rockies (around 200 inches per year).

Porkies Yurt

The park has almost 100 miles of designated ski trails that come complete with panorama views of Lake Superior “Gitchee Gumee” shoreline, and peaceful glides through deep forest in a winter wonderland!  For a quick six-miler, follow the interpretive trail to the south from the visitor center and the Nonesuch trail past the ski area to the Superior Loop.  On the way enjoy sweeping views of  the big lake.  The Deer Yard Trail will loop you back home to the visitor center, but you can also turn this into a weekend trip.  Reserve a spot and get one of the rustic backcountry cabins that are ski-in (Details HERE).  Be sure to book in advance!

Gitchee Gumee

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Backcountry Ski Touring…in the Midwest?

Backcountry skiing and the Midwest are about as far apart as you can get.  But hold on!  Marquette Backcountry is introducing a unique backcountry touring ski that mixes the ease of mobility in a snowshoe and smooth gliding of a BC ski.

So let’s say you live in Michigan, or Wisconsin where the forest is thick and the hills small, but rolling.  Imagine being able to glide amongst the spruces in deep lake-effect snow effortlessly, while you make a turn or two down a decline, and can move uphill with just as much ease!

They key is quarter-sized fish scales on the ski’s base catch snow, and allow you to move up without sliding backwards.  Then the placement of the scales allows your ski to slide downhill just as easy.  The ski allows several binding options depending on the stiffness of boot, and style of skiing!

The materials for the ski are sourced domestically in Michigan and are 100% recyclable. It’s made of polypropylene, glass, silicone and brass. (MSRP $189)

I just may have to give these babies a shot!

http://www.marquette-backcountry.com/