Month: November 2023

Mont Ripley’s Expansion Project

With 115 acres in the snowiest place in the Midwest, Mont Ripley is a vital recreation resource for Michigan Tech and the Keweenaw. As the University and community expand, there are opportunities for our facilities to grow. Will you show your support of Mont Ripley with a gift today?


Chalet Improvement/Expansion
The Mont Ripley Chalet was built in 1965 when Tech’s enrollment was 3,400. It is more than double that now, with 44 percent of the student body visiting the ski hill last winter.

Rendering of an Expanded Chalet

Top to Bottom Beginner Run
The addition of a new top-to-bottom beginner run would better serve guests of all abilities. The new green run would be established to the far east side of the current skiable terrain.

Top to Bottom Beginner Run

Additional Parking
By providing more convenient parking options, more community members can enjoy a day of skiing!

Expanded Parking Area

These previous capital projects for Mont Ripley have been successful:

  • An all-hill lighting system was installed in 1997 and allows for wintertime evening recreation.
  • Snow-making capability for the entire hill in 2006 and adds weeks to both ends of the season.
  • In 2007, the Copper Hoist chair lift was added, doubling our chair capacity.

Will you join us in our next steps to grow Mont Ripley?


Cold is Cool!

MSIA Cold is Cool Passport allows 4th and 5th Graders to Ski All Winter Long in Michigan! 

Families can obtain a Cold is Cool Ski & Ride Passport App for their 4th and/or 5th graders that gives them up to three free lift tickets at Mont Ripley and 28 other participating ski resorts across Michigan!

MSIA charges $30 for the passport; $25 covers operating expenses and $5 goes to MIsnow, a new charitable organization that helps get underprivileged kids out on our slopes & trails in the winter.  MIsnow also works to preserve the strong cultural past of Michigan skiing and protect its future with sustainability education.


Cold is Cool Passport also includes a coupon for 20% off a helmet purchase and $20 off the purchase of $100 at participating ski shops across the state.

The Passport is an app to download on your phone, making it contactless at the lift ticket window.

Photo compliments of MSIA and Boyne Mountain