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Office with a view!

If you work for a Ski Resort then you have a true love for being outside. Growing up in the UP it is hard to not love the outdoors and I was raised to believe there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear.  Dress for success and you will be just fine.  I spend a lot of the season coming and going from my office and although I love to be out on the hill getting paid to ski (because what’s better than that?!) I am so thankful that I have an office with a view!  With a view of Big Bear and Log Jam right out my window you can imagine the things I see while I am working away.  Epic yard sales and people bombing down Big Bear are the ones I catch most often and I love watching guests have fun. Never know what you will see! Fall is always beautiful and I get to watch the trees change daily and on a beautiful day like today I catch myself gazing out the window a little more often than others.  Today’s view is Moe, one of our mighty mountain men, clearing Log Jam! Driving a tractor, pulling an attachment mower straight down the hill.  This can only mean one thing… they are getting ready to place snow machines and start preparing for snow making season! I got so excited that I ran out there with the GoPro and snagged a little video!   Some days it’s the little things! 🙂


Fall Colors

Believe it or not the leaves have already started changing around Ski Brule. Cold temperatures at night are making for an early fall season and that always brings a lot of excitement around the resort.  There is something about this time of year that gets winter enthusiasts going a little bonkers.  Winter is close and we can feel it, yet… it is still a few weeks away. None the less if you are like me, you have your skis sitting on the wax bench ready to go! Patience is not my strong suit when it comes to snow.

Fall leads to winter, but we still need to pass time so you may as well enjoy the colors. The Upper Peninsula turns into a huge kaleidoscope each Autumn and the colors are changing every day.  Peak fall color season is typically the last week of September and the first two weeks of October. I am thinking this years peak time will be a little early this year.

Fall brings many people to the area just to see the colors. You will see tours of people driving together to check everything out and many websites give you the best routes to drive. If you are curious about the color changes in Iron County stay tuned to our Ski Brule Facebook page.


17/18 Travel Planner

Ski Brule’s 2017/2018 Travel Planner is on it’s way to the printers and will be distributed throughout the Midwest in hundreds of locations this fall.  Did you make the cut? Our Friends & Neighbors/Photo Shoot weekend is always a fun few days every spring and that is when we take a majority of the photos that end up in our planner each year.  Yesterday was my first peek at the finished product that Jessica has worked on this summer and I love flipping through the pages seeing familiar faces, including my sons.  Besides the fun of trying to play “Where’s Waldo” to find yourself and friends, there is also so much useful information to guide you through making the most out of your time here with us.   A full list of events, resort stats, daily activities, on site lodging and just about any question you could think of will be in this handy planner. This year we are giving you a sneak peek to the planner before it will be distributed, so head on over to our  Facebook  page or right here on our website to take a look!

Start thinking snow!


50% Off Tickets!

That’s right!  Save 50% on tickets when you purchase by June 30 when you buy the seven pack special.  Tickets are $28 each plus you will receive one FREE with the purchase of 6 tickets …that’s only $24/ticket.  You know you want to come play this winter … buy now and save so you can play more.

This special is only available by calling 800-362-7853 or online at

It’s almost UP Championship Rodeo !

Friday, July 14

  • 8am  Queen & Princess horsemanship at Rodeo arena
  • 8-11am  Crystal Farms Breakfast @ Angeli Foods
  • 9am-3pm   Market Days – downtown Iron River (application available on General Information page)
  • 9am-3pm  Friends of the Library Book & Bake Sale – West Iron District Library
  • 11am  Queen & Princess modeling and questions @ Market Days
  • 1-5pm  Family Fun @ Upper grounds
  • 5pm  Arena gates open
    • Pre-performance entertainment-Pink Ribbon Rebels at rodeo arena
    • Pre-performance entertaintment by Cowgirl Sweethearts (trick riders)
  • 7pm PRCA Rodeo Performance at rodeo arena
    • Wear purple in support of “Man-Up Crusade”


Saturday, July 15

  • 8am  Windsor Rodeo Run
  • 8-11:30am Pancake Breakfast @ Iron River Senior Center
  • 10am  Wild West Parade
  • 11am  Brat Feed and Antique Tractor Show  @ VFW Post 3134
  • 11am  Brat Feed @ Angeli Foods
  • Noon  Team Penning @ Upper Arena
  • Noon  Arena Gates Open
    • Pre-performance entertainment-Pink Ribbon Rebels
    • Pre-performance entertaintment by Cowgirl Sweethearts (trick riders)
  • 2pm  PRCA Rodeo Performance at rodeo arena
  • 5pm  Arena gates open
    • Pre-performance entertainment-Pink Ribbon Rebels
    • Pre-performance entertaintment by Cowgirl Sweethearts (trick riders)
  • 6:30pm  Crowning of 2017 Miss U.P. Rodeo and U.P. Rodeo Princess at rodeo arena
  • 7pm  PRCA Rodeo Performance at rodeo arena
    • Wear pink in support of “Tough Enough to Wear Pink”
  • After Performance  concert Next Myle @ Upper Grounds

* Check back for new events & updates as schedule is subject to change. 


Now Hiring. Employment Opportunities At Ski Brule

Ski Brule is hiring motivated, outgoing individuals to join the team.  Experience preferred but will train the right applicant.   Full time & part time positions available.   Friendly, helpful and hospitable attitudes necessary.  Weekend and holiday work required.

Hiring In All Positions


Ski & Snowboard Instructors

Snowmaking & Mountain Operations

Bear’s Den Pro Shop Sales

Kid’s Center Manger

Retail Sales Manager

Register Accounting & Reconciliation Manager

Business / Accounting

Group Sales Manager

Ski & Snowboard Lesson Manager

Front Desk / Guest Services

Lodging Maintenance Manager

Homestead Lodge Food & Beverage Manager


Ski Brule is seeking friendly, helpful, cheerful and hospitable attitudes to join the Ski Brule team!

  • Experience is preferred, but will train the right applicant.
  • Full time, part time, seasonal and year round positions are available.
  • Management positions are also available.
  • Weekend and holiday work is required.

From the lift operators and mechanics who run the Big Bear Chairlift and Ski Brule’s top-notch trail maintenance crew that grooms every night to the men and women who work in Ski Brule’s Guest Service Departments, Ski Brule’s employees who run this award-winning resort deliver excellence at every level. They are the people behind Ski Brule’s reputation as the friendliest & Midwest Favorite Resort.

To apply for a position at Ski Brule, please send Ski Brule a completed application. Once your application is received, Human Resources will contact you to arrange an interview.

Applications are available at the Ski Brule lodging office and online.

Return completed applications by:

  • Fax: 906-265-6227
  • Mail: Ski Brule, 397 Brule Mountain Road,Iron River, MI 49935
  • Email: [email protected]

Ski Brule team members receive resort benefits, including free skiing and snowboarding, free rental equipment, discounted ski and snowboard lessons, food and beverage discounts and retail discounts.

Sporting Clays

Our Sporting Clay course is now open at Ski Brule! Brule Sporting Clay’s is open 9-4 daily.  Monday-Friday the course is open by reservation and on Saturday and Sunday walk ins are welcome but reservations are greatly appreciated so that we can ensure we have a trapper ready for you when you arrive. You will have your choice of either 50 or 100 targets and there are packages available for those who do not have ammo on them. Don’t own a shotgun? No problem, we have 12 gauge and 20 gauge shotguns available to rent! You do not need to be an avid sporting clay shooter to give the course a try, we have experienced Trappers that will help you figure it out.  The Club house is open from 9-4 and has snacks and drinks on hand so you can relax after. For more information or to make a reservation give us a call at 1-800-362-7853.

YES Ski Brule is still OPEN!

Week of April 3
YES YOU CAN STILL SKI & SNOWBOARD At Ski Brule!!  Snow conditions and open/closed trail status can change quickly (within hours) in April.  Please call or check online prior to departing on a trip to Ski Brule so you have a full understanding of conditions … and understand that they can change within a day.

Monday through Thursday:

  • Open Trails:  Front side of mountain will be open for Snowsports.
  • Open Lifts:   Big Bear, Bambi Tow
  • Nightly Activity:  Monday / Wednesday/Thursday traditional hike up hill style tubing 5pm by reservation only (reservations made through lodging office by 4pm).  Tuesday Marshmallow Roast at Brule Saloon (by 3pm reservation through Lodging Office).
  • $53 WEDNESDAY SPECIAL is not available.
  • SKIwee/Childcare/Lessons:  by advance reservation only, min. 24 hours in advance.
  • Lodging Office is open 8am-6pm.
  • Cafe & Brule Saloon open until 6pm.
  • Homestead Lodge closed for the season
  • BBQ Dinner 5:00 on Thursday at Brule Saloon by reservation (though Lodging Office by 3pm).
  • Rental Equipment is available through the Bear’s Den Pro Shop 8am-4pm
  • Bear’s Den open 8am-4pm
  • Daily Lift Ticket:  $25 Adult & Junior.  Advanced lift tickets can still be redeemed for lift tickets.


  • Open Trails:  Brule Side & Homestead side of mountain to open subject to snow conditions.
  • Nightly Activity:  5pm Tubing by reservation through the Lodging Office (by 3pm).  Tubing tickets available at Lodging Office.
  • Bear’s Den / Rental open 8am-4:30pm
  • Homestead Lodge is CLOSED.
  • Lodging Office 8am-8pm
  • Brule Saloon / Evening Dining: 10a-8pm
  • SKIwee / Childcare / Lessons by advanced reservation, min. 24 hour.
  • Lift Ticket:  $25 Adult & Junior


  • Open Trails:  Brule Side & Homestead side of mountain may reopen dependent on snow conditions.
  • Open Lifts:   Snowshoe, Bambi Tow, Big Bear Chairlift
  • Nightly Activity:  5pm Tubing by reservation.  Tubing tickets available at Lodging Office.
  • Bear’s Den / Rental open 8am-4:30pm
  • SKIwee / Childcare 8:30-4
  • Lodging Office 8am-8pm
  • Homestead Lodge is CLOSED.
  • BBQ Dinner at Brule Saloon 5pm.
  • Brule Saloon / Evening Dining: 10a-8pm
  • Lift Ticket:  $25 Adult & Junior


  • Open Trails:  Brule Side & Homestead side of mountain may reopen dependent on snow conditions. .
  • Open Lifts:   Snowshoe, Bambi Tow, Big Bear Chairlift
  • Nightly Activity:  7pm Brule Social, by reservation (4pm) through Lodging Office.
  • Bear’s Den / Rental open 8am-4:30pm
  • SKIwee / Childcare 8:30-4
  • Homestead Lodge is CLOSED.
  • Lodging Office 8am-6 pm
  • Brule Saloon / Evening Dining: 10a-6pm
  • Lift Ticket:  $25 Adult & Junior

Still Open Week Of April 3

YES you can still ski or snowboard at Ski Brule next week!

Week of April 3 Snow Report: Ski Brule will be open Monday through Thursday 9-4:00 on the Brule Side of the Mountain.  Homestead side of the mountain will be closed Monday through Thursday and anticipate reopening the Homestead Side Friday-Sunday.
The Homestead Lodge will close for the season as of Monday April 3 (No Homestead BBQ on Thursday or Saturday night).
Night session will close for the season as of Monday April 3.
Nightly activity:  Whitewater Snow Tubing 5pm (by reservation only, by 4pm through the Lodging Office) Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Marshmallow Roast by reservation 5pm Tuesday (reservations by 4pm through the Lodging Office).
Rental Equipment is available through the Bear’s Den Pro Shop Monday-Thursday and the Rental Center will be open Friday/Saturday/Sunday 8am-4:30pm.
Bear’s Den Pro Shop is open daily 8-4:00
Lodging Office is open daily 8-6:00 and until 10pm on Friday/Saturday.
Brule Saloon / Evening Dining is open until 6pm Monday through Thursday and 8pm or later on Friday/Saturday.
$53 Wednesday Special is not available.
Lessons, Childcare & SKIWee are available by reservation (min. 24 hours in advance) Monday-Thursday.  Available Friday-Sunday as normal.
Daily Lift Ticket Rate:  $25 Adult & Junior daily lift ticket.   Advanced lift tickets can still be redeemed for a daily lift ticket.

~Thinking Snow

$60 Carload Day April 2


Sunday April 2 is $60 carload day!  Pay $60 and everyone in your car will get a lift ticket.  Now that’s a deal!  Acrobag will also be available Saturday and Sunday 1-3:00.

Never too soon to think about 2017/18 snow season.  GET YOUR TICKETS NOW & SAVE!  Advanced lift tickets are on special – $130 for a six pack .. that’s $21.66/ticket!  What a deal!  Valid anytime next season.  Buy online or call 800-362-7853.

I LOVE riding this time of year.  Lots of sunshine and great snow.  I’m playing ‘too well’ to work tomorrow … Colt and I are heading to the slopes for a day of play!  Hope to see you there!

~Thinking Snow
Jess & Colt

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