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Porcupine Mountains – Guided Snowshoe Hikes – Saturdays – January & February

Porcupine Mountains Guided Snowshoe Hikes
Snowshoers on this hike can ride the ski lift up the hill then snowshoe down the east side of the ski area. We’ll stop at East Vista for the view then bust through virgin snow on our way back down. Bring a camera on this picturesque hike. All experience levels welcome. Snowshoes can be borrowed from the park if needed, just arrive a few minutes early. The hikes is 2 hours and of moderate difficulty. Meet at the log shed between the ski hill and the open slope.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park will hose guided snowshoe hikes every Saturday from 1-3 p.m. in January and February. Visit www.michigan.gov/gogetoutdoors for additional events.

If there is severe weather or if the temperature is 5 degrees or below, these programs will be canceled. Cancellations will be posted at the program meeting location or call 906-885-5206 to check in advance.

Please Note:
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources makes every effort to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information on the web calendar. However, dates occasionally change and events may be canceled for any reason. Please call the unit hosting the event to confirm dates and times prior to your arrival.

A Recreation Passport is required for entry into all Michigan state parks and recreation areas. Check “YES” when you renew your license plate. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.

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For more information on winter recreation opportunities at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, call 906-885-5275 or visit www.michigan.gov/porkies.

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Porcupine Mountains – Lantern Light Cross-Country Skiing – Saturdays – January & February

Porcupine Mountains Cross Country Ski
NOTE: Saturday, January 28th’s lantern lit ski and snow shoe program is cancelled. Sorry everyone. It will resume when the trail conditions and the park Intepreter’s health improves.

Nearly 80 old-fashioned kerosene lanterns will illuminate a 1-mile trail for a unique and memorable experience. The ski trail is track-set for classic skiers, while snowshoers can make their own trail adjacent to the lighted loop. Stop about halfway around the loop at the warming shelter, where the park naturalist will have a campfire going and provide some refreshments.

The ski trail has an “easy” difficulty rating; however, skiing or snowshoeing at night is always a challenge. The lanterns are on the Superior Trail immediately across the street from the ski hill entrance.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park will host lantern-lit ski/snowshoe events every Saturday in January and February from 6-9 p.m. (6:30 pm in February) Visit www.michigan.gov/gogetoutdoors for additional events.

If there is severe weather or if the temperature is 5 degrees or below, these programs will be canceled. Cancellations will be posted at the program meeting location or call 906-885-5206 to check in advance.

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Porcupine Mountains – Midwest Telefest – February 7 – 9, 2020

We are looking forward to Midwest Telefest 2020. This will be our 30th year and our biggest event ever!

February 7-9 2020
Porcupine Mountains State Park.

We have a lot planned for this year but here are the basics for now.

– Friday Party at @ Loons with Live Music
– Uphill/Downhill Race
– Group Skiing
– Backcountry Tours
– Chili Cookoff/Potluck
– Old Timey Music Saturday
– Prizes/Awards/Raffle/Swag giveaway

New this year we are working on getting a NTN demo fleet. We have the boots and a few ski’s so far and are working on the rest. If you have a good pair of shape skis and/or NTN Bindings to donate, contact us.

Book your accommodations For Midwest Telefest 2020, February 7-9. Hope to see you all there!

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Thursday September 15th, 2022 - 8:22 pm

Midwest Telefest

Don't let the forecasted weather get in the way of good times with your fellow Midwest Pinheads! ... See MoreSee Less

Dont let the forecasted weather get in the way of good times with your fellow Midwest Pinheads!

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Stay safe out there, and keep your tips up

Wednesday September 14th, 2022 - 9:42 pm

Midwest Telefest

Who else remembers the early days of our great fest? ... See MoreSee Less

Who else remembers the early days of our great fest?

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I do. I drew the conceptual drawing of this, and Chris Berry who worked at the mining journal at the time, had the final print made.

Still have that t-shirt. It's a little threadbare.

I do!

Sunday September 11th, 2022 - 9:07 pm

Midwest Telefest

Come have fun this weekend. Help finish skiers left side of our gladed run. Taco's and beach fire to follow work party. Send us a message if you have any questions. ... See MoreSee Less

Come have fun this weekend. Help finish skiers left side of our gladed run. Tacos and beach fire to follow work party. Send us a message if you have any questions.

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I would of it knew earlier. But I will be in white pine in first weekend in October

Sunday September 11th, 2022 - 8:27 pm

Midwest Telefest

It was a very productive Sunday Funday Chainsaw Party! We are in a really good spot for next Saturday's brush cutting party. We were able to open up the skiers left side of our gladed run. With one more day the skiers left side will be good to go for this winter. Thanks to the amazing crew of Tele skiers that showed up today. We are looking forward to working with more Tele skiers this Saturday. ... See MoreSee Less

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Way to go y’all! Clear that glade 😎

Good for you!

Monday September 5th, 2022 - 6:39 am

Midwest Telefest

Update for Midwest Telefest 2023

Porkies Brush Clearing event is Saturday September 17 starting at 10am. See official event post on the Midwest Telefest page for more info.

As many of you have heard already, Porcupine Mountains State Park management has decided to return to running the ski hill operations for the 2022/2023 ski season, stay tuned for more updates.

Midwest Telefest would like to thank and honor William Perrin aka Bill aka GOAT for his years of dedication, hard work and excellent management of the Porkies ski hill. Bill was the best manager ever for the ski area, and great to work with for our annual February event! Good luck Bill in your next endeavor!

Also, I (Matt Manders) am stepping down as co organizer for Midwest Telefest as Keith Opperman, Kristin Opperman and Gavin Opperman will all be managing Telefest going forward along with all the other folks that volunteer to make this the best weekend of Teleskiing every February! It has been an honor to help Midwest Telefest grow and thive the last several years. Keith and family have been adding value to the event for the last several years with more races, offering free telemark ski demos and so much more. Midwest Telefest will still be the same event you come to expect and is in great hands with the Opperman family!

I plan to do more backcountry skiing this winter and less lift serve. Additionally I plan to offer backcountry tours at Telefest 2023, so stay tuned for info on that!

Pinheads Unite!!!

Freeheel Life
Porcupine Mountains
Porcupine Mountains Ski Area
Telemark Skier Magazine by Freeheel Life
Lake Superior Telemark Skiers
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Update for Midwest Telefest 2023

Porkies Brush Clearing event is Saturday September 17 starting at 10am.  See official event post on the Midwest Telefest page for more info. 

As many of you have heard already, Porcupine Mountains State Park management has decided to return to running the ski hill operations for the 2022/2023 ski season, stay tuned for more updates.  

Midwest Telefest would like to thank and honor William Perrin aka Bill aka GOAT for his years of dedication, hard work and excellent management of the Porkies ski hill. Bill was the best manager ever for the ski area, and great to work with for our annual February event! Good luck Bill in your next endeavor! 

Also,  I (Matt Manders) am stepping down as co organizer for Midwest Telefest as Keith Opperman, Kristin Opperman and Gavin Opperman will all be managing Telefest going forward along with all the other folks that volunteer to make this the best weekend of Teleskiing every February!  It has been an honor to help Midwest Telefest grow and thive the last several years.  Keith and family have been adding value to the event for the last several years with more races, offering free telemark ski demos and so much more.  Midwest Telefest will still be the same event you come to expect and is in great hands with the Opperman family!

I plan to do more backcountry skiing this winter and less lift serve. Additionally I plan to offer backcountry tours at Telefest 2023, so stay tuned for info on that!

Pinheads Unite!!! 

Freeheel Life
Porcupine Mountains
Porcupine Mountains Ski Area
Telemark Skier Magazine by Freeheel Life
Lake Superior Telemark Skiers

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Thanks Matt Manders for all the help, it was fun!

Unfortunately, I won't be helping with brush removal this year. Bill aka Goat did an amazing job as ski hill manager. Thank you for mentioning him!!

Best way to get lost is to follow Matt.

Thank Matt.

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Porcupine Mountains – Snowburst 2017 – February 25, 2017


SNOWBURST CARNIVAL – Saturday, February 25…

Join us at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Hill for Snow Burst 2017.

A fun filled day of events. Music – Races – Games – Fireworks! and more!

There’s no better place to celebrate a snow-filled winter than the Porcupine Mountains. And every February that celebration has a name: the Snowburst Winter Carnival.

Snow-loving adventurers of all ages come together for this fun event at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area, where they can enjoy all kinds of winter bliss—snowshoeing, downhill skiing, lantern-lit expeditions on the trails, live music, fireworks and much more.

The next Snowburst Winter Carnival will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

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