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Copper Peak Ski Jump

Ironwood, Michigan

The largest ski jump in the Western Hemisphere hasn't hosted skiers in decades. 

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Touted as the only ski-flying hill outside of Europe, this structure in Ironwood, Michigan, is open to the public… but unfortunately not for ski jumping. Visitors can take a ride to the top to take in the impressive views during the Summer months. There are also hiking and mountain bike trails.

The facility at Copper Peak originally opened in 1970 on the site of an old copper mine at Chippewa Hill, itself a Michigan Historic Site due to its legacy as Michigan’s southernmost copper production operation. The ski jump was designed by a civil engineer, Lauren Larson, at the request of the Gogebic Range Ski Club and hosted ten international ski jumping competitions between 1970 and 1994.

During the summer season, visitors can take the adventure ride to the top of the hill daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In January 2023, Copper Peak announced a plan to restore the ski jump and reopen it for skiers hoping for a chance to soar from its impressive heights.

Know Before You Go

During the summer season, visitors can take the adventure ride to the top of the hill daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The Copper Peak website advises visitors to check the Facebook page for up-to-date info prior to planning a trip.

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