Wow! For 4 years when I was kid (from 8 to 12) I lived in Ishpeming, so I know this turf! I'm surprised that Swalfoort found the story before me - every few days I type "Ishpeming" into google news. Ishpeming is about 15 miles from Lake Superior and about 800 feet higher. Lake effect from hell, leading to over 200 inches of snow per year. (Some places on the net estimate it at 300 inches). Ten or fifteen Snowmageddons worth. Every winter had a few storms of that level. There are clearly plenty of places in the lower 48 states that get more snow than this - but it is ambiguous as to whether there are towns in any of those places. To put it into perspective: my best friend broke his arm skiing early in May one year. (Usually the good skiing kinda peters out in mid-April). Winter temps vary between "snot freezes in your nose" and "spit freezes and cracks before it hits the ground." The town is home to a ski jump with the evocative name of "Suicide." Road trip anyone?