Top destinations in the Midwest:
1st tier (no particular order)
Mt Bohemia, MI – only area with western feel. 280” of snow, 900’ vert, steep sections, cliff bands, no grooming. Bumps and glades.
Ironwood, MI (6 ski areas nearby) – 200” of snow, 600’ vert. Mostly groomer skiing, low skier volume means powder can last all day, low costs
Lutsen, MN – 800’ vert, ok snow (120”), 4 connected mountains, mostly groomer skiing, some glades, one high speed lift
Petoskey, MI (aka Boyne/nubs, 3 ski areas) – 140” of snow, 550’ vertical. Big: 1200 acres, mostly groomer skiing, some bumps and a few glades. Two high speed lifts. Extensive infrastructure (modern lodging, indoor waterpark, etc.)
*Terry Peak/Mystic, SD too if you consider it Midwest (near WY boarder)
2nd tier (no particular order)
Granite peak, WI (arguably 1st tier, but it’s has a super long run out and has too little snow in my book)
Mt Marquette, MI
Mt Ripley, MI
Crystal / Caberfae / Shanty, MI (somewhat close to Petoskey)
Devils Head/Cascade, WI
Chestnut, IL / Sundown, IA
Giants Ridge, MN
Probably close to 100 more in the 3rd tier.