February 10, 2021


Skiing is all about getting on the snow and making laps with friends! The slow start to winter this year forced us to postpone Shaggy's Family Vacation at Mount Bohemia to March 11-14.

So what do you do when life gives you lemons? Make lemonade! 

Rather than getting bummed, we decided to head to Michigan's Porcupine Mountains Ski Area, known as the Porkies. We invited anyone to join us making laps and enjoying the (Lake) Superior views!

Porkies Ski Area Chairlift - Lake Superior Overlook

 After getting off one of the first chairs of the day, Jeff, Spencer, and Ryan quickly shot into the trees to find some fresh snow.

Tree skiing in Michigan - Michigan Backcountry Skiing

Skiing at the Porkies

Powder Slashing on Custom Skis - Ahmeek 115 Powder Skis
After a few runs in the trees, we caught up with a few more members of the Shaggy's Family!
Shaggy's Skis - Custom ski bases
And not to be shown up, Dave from Minnesota sends it off a bump in the glades.
Dave from Minnesota skiing in tight trees
Joe and his daughter from Wausau, WI drove up to make some laps on Friday!
Family Ski Trip - Porcupine Mountains Michigan
Shaggy's Family Skiing
John cruised through the stashes of soft snow along the edges of the treelines.
Cruising through powder over groomers
Telemark skiing in Michigan - Ahmeek 105 Tele
Skiing on custom skis in the Midwest
And after a ride up the tow rope to the section of the Porkies that used to be lift-served, we mobbed down Porcupine Plunge and even jumped off some of the old lift tower bases!
Jumping off a ski lift tower. Kosak on Skis
After skiing hard all morning, we pulled out the grills set up in the parking lot!
Grilling in the parking lot
Shaggy's at Porcupine Mountains
Dave pulled out his new custom Ahmeek 105s with his own photo of Bete Grise on them - they look sharp!
Custom sunset skis made in USA
Overlooking Lake Superior at The Porkies Ski Area
A few more customers joined us in the afternoon to bust the crud and dip into the trees.
Friends skiing in the Upper Peninsula
On the chairlift with Shaggy's Skis
At the end of the day, we spotted a large rock with what looked to be enough snow cover to make the jump!
Backcountry skiing in Michigan
Day 2 started out with a few rays of sunshine and a few more members of the Shaggy's Family showed up!
Ahmeek 105 skis - All mountain skis on groomers and crud
The Bergman family was out in full force to show off their love for skiing!
Shaggy's Family - Bergman Family from Boyne
Jeff and Spencer from Shaggy's Skis
Grilling at ski area parking lot
John + Shari Thompson - Shaggy's - Ski area romance
Friends on a chairlift!
All in all, we had an awesome time at The Porkies and cannot wait to get out and make some laps with the Shaggy's Family again soon!
Don't forget to join us March 11-14 at Mount Bohemia for Shaggy's Family Vacation 2021!
Jeff Thompson
Jeff Thompson

Jeff Thompson is the product engineer and a founding partner at Shaggy's. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. While he is not designing skis, scheduling production, and working the the ski factory, he is on the hunt for new backcountry areas throughout Michigan with his wife, Stephanie!


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