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The History of Pine Mountain Ski & Golf Resort

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In December 1939, Fred Pabst, of the Pabst Brewing family, while looking for places to encourage people to ski, and promote the sale of his lift product, Ski Tows, Inc. cleared and opened Pine Mountain. Mr. Pabst's tow design involved tow ropes that were powered by an automobile and attendant controlling the speed with the accelerator pedal. Mr. Pabst, being of significant means, also offered train trips from Chicago and Milwaukee to Pine Mountain on the weekends to make Pine Mountain one of the most premier hills of the late '30s and early '40s.

After a brief closure in 1944-1945 due to gas rationing during the war, Pine Mountain was purchased by two members of the 10th Mountain Division, Laverne Trepp and Irvine Johnson. Under their management, a warming hut was added, built from crates used to ship WWIl gliders to the nearby Ford Plant. The roof was made from the remaining glider wing spars and are a part of and can still be seen in our Sitzmark Bar.

The innovation of the Trepp Family led Pine Mountain to become the first in the region with 100% snow making, grooming, aerial lifts and was the only ski-in/ski-out resort in the UP. This distinction remains to this day.

1996 marked the much anticipated completion of the TimberStone* Golf Course at a cost of over 12 million dollars. Today TimberStone® is consistently ranked as one of the top golf courses in Michigan and is a past recipient of the coveted 5 star Golf Digest award which ranked TimberStone® the 24th best golf course in the United States. Golfers from around the world continue to marvel at the breathtaking scenery and challenging course layout of this hidden gem in the Upper Peninsula.

2019 is the most important year since the founding of Pine Mountain and in addition to marking the resorts 80th anniversary it also marks the completion of a 10 million dollar acquisition and renovation of Pine Mountain which included all lodge rooms and condos being updated in addition to all common areas. The communities of Iron Mountain and Kingsford in addition to the entire population of the UP are fortunate to have Pine Mountain in such close proximity to enjoy year round. In addition to skiing and golf Pine Mountain offers hiking, biking, swimming, Famers restaurant, cross-country skiing, the UP Sports Hall of Fame and numerous other activities.

Facts

  • 16,000,000 gallons of water are used on the ski mountain each year
  • 20,000,000 gallons of water are used at TimberStone® Golf Course each year
  • The Pine Mountain Ski Jump is the tallest man-made ski jump in North America and has 500 steps to the base of the jump
  • Pine Mountain Ski Resort was the 2019 recipient of the top Midwest ski patrol in the United States
  • The annual Continental Cup Ski Jump Competition held at the Pine Mountain Ski Jump is the biggest, best attended and only world class ski jump event in North America
  • Pine Mountain is the only ski-in/ski-out resort in the Upper Peninsula
  • TimberStone® Golf Course was previously ranked as high as 24th best resort golf course in America by Golf Digest
  • TimberStone® was ranked 6th best golf course in Michigan by Golf Michigan in 2019
  • Golf Week magazine listed TimberStone one of the best courses to play in America in 2019
  • Golf Digest previously ranked TimberStone® the 44th funest golf course to play in America
  • TimberStone® Golf Course at $12 million to construct was one of the most expensive courses to build north of Milwaukee
  • Famers legendary food and spirits is home to the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame

Resort Map

A. Pine Mountain Lodge

Our facility provides 21 standard rooms, 12 refurbished rooms, 2 adjoining room lodge suites, 4 one-bedroom condo suites, and 9 two-bedroom condos, plus pool and sauna facilities.

Guestroom Amenities

  • High-speed internet access
  • Premium cable television
  • Coffee maker
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Hair dryer

B.& C. The Mountain Haus & Cedar Haus

The Mountain Haus and Cedar Haus ski-in/ski-out condominiums at Pine Mountain Resort are the perfect place for any type of getaway. Whether you are relocating, your company has an employee working in the area for an extended period of time, or you want to take your family or group on a trip, The Condos at Pine Mountain are the perfect option.

One and two bedroom condo units, offering full kitchens, will keep you comfortable in your home-away-from-home.

Our Two-Bedroom Condos contain a fully equipped kitchen, two bathrooms, and a fireplace.

One-Bedroom Condo Suites feature a kitchenette including microwave and a 4.6 cubic ft. refrigerator, queen bed, one bathroom and a family room.

Each unit also has a patio that provides great views of the ski hill.

D. Famers Legendary Food & Spirits

Famers at Pine Mountain is not only a full service bar and restaurant, but it is also proud to house the Upper Peninsula's Sports Hall of Fame! We erve 7 days a week with daily specials for both lunch and dinner. Breakfast is available from 8 AM - 11AM

E. The Sitzmark Bar & Deck

The Sitzmark Bar has a perfect view of the hill and is open Friday through Sunday during the ski season. The Sitzmark offers a variety of beverages including a menu of hot drinks. The Sitzmark also features live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Sitzmark Deck is a great place to enjoy one of those hot drinks while taking in the winter sun and a great view of the ski hill. Come check out our ice bar and outside grill on Saturdays in the month of March while you enjoy the warmer temps and the best groomed snow in the U.P.

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