Pros: Best place within 2.5 hours of Chicago
Cons: Slow lifts
“ I'm a ski patroller at devil's head, which means that I'm biased towards because I feel a lot of affection for the hill, and biased against it because after skiing 10+ hours a week there for 6 years, I'm a bit tired of it too. That said, it's a good hill as far as midwest skiing. They work really hard to make a lot of snow (and usually do quite well), they groom very well,...” --bashfulbird
“ This is the midwest and the elevation is like 700 ft and the vert is under 500ft everywhere you go. The variety of terrain here blows devils head out of the water. this place has pitches, rolls, tilt, steeps, narrow, wide runs. The snow making is the best but ever more important than the advanced snowmaking equipmet here is the willingness to make snow when the other places in the...” --joeshoto
“Granite Peak is an excellent midwest resort. Alot of different terrain to seek out. One of the few resorts in the midwest that your not bored by noon with. Quite a few run though there 72+ runs they advertise are misleading. They name the top part of run and the bottom part of the run. Reality more around 40 to 45 runs. They also have many tree gladed runs(about 7 to 8). Most tree runs are...” --skylolow
“ This is a great local ski hill with enough vertical and runs to be fun for a day without having to drive very far. Many groups come up from Chicago for the weekend because it is such a great value. The food upstairs in the bar is very good - try the Reuben with bar fries- and very reasonably priced. The cafeteria downstairs is kid food and will not break the bank. Lodging is...” --mgrezmer
“I enjoyed a nice afternoon getting lost on their several peaks. Very disorienting Resort. I escaped to write this review!! It's a funky little place, certain to be crowded on weekends.” --v.varmit
“It's small, overrun by children and a little beat-up. However, it's only 1.5 hours from Chicago and military lift tickets are under $30. If you're as new to the sport as I am (I've skied here twice and once at Cascade Mountain), you're fine. Learn and enjoy, and don't think too much into it.” --SavoirFaire
“This place is a lot more famous for being a summer concert venue, and the site of the helicopter crash that killed Stevie Rae Vaughan than it is for the skiing. Haven't skied here in decades, so i have no idea what this place is like now. For a Midwest day trip destination within an hour and a half of a big city, its better than a lot of alternatives ” --goblue
Tyrol Basin offers plenty of fun for the freestyling skier or snowboarder with a 1,000 foot long mogul run, two snowparks, halfpipe, and plenty of racing and special events for everyone. Located just 20 miles west of Madison, Wisconsin, it's a great place for beginners to learn to ski or snowboard. At Tyrol Basin, you may, at some time during the season, find machine-made moguls, half...
Snowmaking is the name of the business in Wisconsin. Sunburst has 100% coverage for its snowmaking system with underground pipes and wiring to make it state of the art. Sunburst has been the first area in Wisconsin to open every one of the last 12 years. The earliest opening date was November 3, 2006 and the latest closing was March 21, 1998. Enjoy this small family run ski area with night...
Located in the bluffs along the Mississippi River in a geological region called the 'Driftless Area', the large hills in Western Wisconsin result from never being visited by the glaciers which bulldozed the rest of the Midwest. Since 1959, Mt. La Crosse has offered some of the most interesting skiing and snowboarding terrain in the Midwest. The chalet offers food service, a...