Porcupine Mountains, MI

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4 thoughts on “Porcupine Mountains, MI

  1. carson August 4, 2021 / 2:35 pm

    what happened to the double chair?

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    • Brandon August 5, 2021 / 7:52 am

      I heard one thing was that the top return bullwheel needed replacement and it was not worth the cost for what the lift was worth. The lift became a combination of three lift manufactures over the years and needed a lot of upgrades to get recertified. I’m surprised there has not even been talk about replacing it after almost a decade now.

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      • ne_skier August 5, 2021 / 8:05 am

        Are there any pics of it online?

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    • SpartySki August 6, 2021 / 7:46 am

      I believe in it’s last days the lift had Riblet chairs, a Ctec drive and everything else was still Miner Denver. I have also never seen a good picture of this lift. I do know that the towers are still in place. The Ctec drive, as others have noted, went to Boyne Highlands. How you would put Riblet chairs on anything other than a Riblet is beyond me. I can only imagine the amount of work that was done to make those grips work.

      I don’t think they needed this lift. It did give access to areas that you could not reach from the Triple however they did remedy that with a rope tow so that you can use the Triple to get you up most of the way and the rope to bring you up and over to the area previously serviced by the double. This place does not get very busy and places like this need to keep their costs in check if they want to be able to keep operating. This place offers a skiing experience that is unique and if reducing costs allows them to keep going for many years to come, I personally am ok with it. You can ski here for 45 bucks for the day and get a family seasons pass for under 500 bucks. That is not the case most places. Granted this place is in the middle of nowhere but it should be a bucket list place for Midwest skiers.

      It is more frustrating to me when places that are packed and make good money don’t reinvest money back in for the benefit of the skier. I am of course referring to Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain. Those places run mostly old Riblet equipment from the 60’s and early 70’s that is very slow and in some cases not set up very well. The result is a high price for a lackluster experience. Those places do have great snow but if you have to wait 20 minutes to get on the lift and wait another 10 minutes to reach the top on the lift, how great is it really? Porcupine Mountains often has very short lines, if any, has a higher vertical and has a pretty amazing view of Lake Superior.

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