Summer & Fall Copper
International Ski Flying Hill and Recreation
Copper Peak is open to visitors daily during the
summer months from Memorial Day weekend throughout
the Labor Day Weekend. Thereafter the facility is
open on weekends through the spectacular fall color
season which runs to about mid October. Operational
times are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Daylight
Saving Time. Chairlift and elevator rides are
provided to the observation platforms. The chalet
houses a gift shop and ski flying museum. Other
special events are planned throughout the year.
Copper Peak provides the visitor with the most
unique panoramic views found anywhere in the
Midwest. From the top of Copper Peak it is possible
to see 40 or more miles in every direction. The
fall colors of the mixed conifers and hardwoods of
the Ottawa National Forest and the Black River
Scenic Byway are unequaled anywhere. The view
overlooking Lake Superior, The Apostle Islands
National Lakeshore, and the Porcupine Mountain
Wilderness State Park is truly impressive. Bring
your binoculars if you want to see the hills near
Grand Marais, MN or Isle Royle National Park some
70 miles to the north. Bring your camera as Copper
Peak is a photographers dream.
In 1974 Copper Peak was declared a Michigan
Historic Site (No. 274) because of its unique role
as part of the "copper rush" of the mid 1840's.
There are four copper mining exploratory mining
pits in the hillside. A 103 pound piece of native
copper was unearthed in the construction of Copper
Peak. The Trap rock formation upon which the ski
flying hill is built is found throughout the
Keweenaw Copper Mining District (1845-1995) which
extends some 150 miles to the northeast. From the
upper observation platform it is possible to
identify numerous historical mining sites in the
Porcupine Wilderness State Park to the northwest
and many other copper mining sites to the east.
OTHER COPPER PEAK
Mountain Biking -- Copper Peak has nearly
twelve miles of mountain bike trails (which also
serve as snow shoe and cross-country ski trails
during the winter months). Cyclists can load their
bikes on the chairlift and ride to the crest of the
hill, then ride down the hill to the Black River
Valley some 500 feet below.
Paintball -- (By group reservation only).
For those who enjoy the competition of this outdoor
activity, a challenging paintball course has been
established on the site.