Gogebic Community College

Mt. Zion Revitalized!

Protecting our Resources


Keeping our History, Moving to the Future

In 1937 the Mt. Zion chalet was a log cabin structure at the top of the service road.  Lift tickets were a nickel a day! The city of Ironwood was the original owner of the ski hill, Ray Smeeth ran it for a while, then the Rotary Club ran it for many years.  Following the Rotary Club, it went back to the city of Ironwood until Gogebic Community College took it over in 1968.

The chalet building opened  in 1970, the same year that the Ski Area Management (SAM) program began at GCC.  The chair lift was added the summer of 1979 and in 1980, the chalet was moved to its current location on the hill. Currently, the chalet is 53 years old, with a total square footage of 1,568 sq. ft., and is not ADA compliant. With your assistance, we can make the necessary updates to keep Mt. Zion running long into the future.

Proposed Conceptual Drawing


We are proposing to build a 2-story, multi-purpose, ADA compliant building for year-round use with a total square footage of 7,500 sq. ft.  It would be located uphill of the spring, sitting on the road looking up the hill.

The main floor would be used for the operation of the ski hill to include the rental shop, lift ticket office, first aid room, retail space, ADA compliant restrooms, elevator, kitchen and open seating.   The second floor would include classroom space for SAM program and continuing education summer programs; office space, a first aid room, and open seating for overflow of chalet visitors and viewing area for Ski and SnoCross races.  The second floor space would have moveable walls to accommodate small groups and large groups as needed.  The proposed square footage building will legally seat 215 people, allowing the space to be rented for banquets, weddings, etc.

Monies Raised to Date

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Raised to Reach Total Goal

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3 Million

Needed for the Project

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of Total Funds Needed Raised


Together, we can ensure a vibrant future for the Ski Area Management program and our community's favorite ski hill, Mt. Zion!



Foundation Director

Kelly Marczak
Email: kellym@gogebic.edu
Office: 906.307.1202
Cell: 715.360.3030

Director of Ski Area Management

Jim Vander Spoel
Email: jimv@gogebic.edu
Cell: 906.285.1341






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