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post #91 of 106

I'm excited to try Lutsen next year.  Views of Lake Superior look gorgeous.

 

Also interested to hear experiences about Bohemia's cat-skiing sister Voodoo Mt.

post #92 of 106

Wow!

What a blast from the past this one is.

I haven't been to Terry Peak or Searchmont but I've been to most of the others listed.

For good terrain, not necessarily amenities, I'm still going with Bohemia and Ripley.

Lutsen is pretty good but it feels like a bunch of smaller, mellower areas. I haven't been down that double diamond by the FIS start on Moose Mtn though.

post #93 of 106
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Originally Posted by SLATZ View Post
 

Wow!

What a blast from the past this one is.

I haven't been to Terry Peak or Searchmont but I've been to most of the others listed.

For good terrain, not necessarily amenities, I'm still going with Bohemia and Ripley.

Lutsen is pretty good but it feels like a bunch of smaller, mellower areas. I haven't been down that double diamond by the FIS start on Moose Mtn though.

Lutsen added two more steep runs on that side of Moose a few years back.

post #94 of 106

I've got to mention Lutsen isn't quite 1000' feet of vertical.  It's more like 800 or so.  

 

They are the only true 'Destination Ski Resort' for hundreds of miles in any direction.   Their prices are also getting out of hand...

post #95 of 106
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Originally Posted by voghan View Post
 

Lutsen added two more steep runs on that side of Moose a few years back.

 

They are planning to add many more and a lift so you don't have to ski all the way around to the front side to lap it.

post #96 of 106
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Lutsen added two more steep runs on that side of Moose a few years back.


They also replaced the gondola this year.  We got one of the last rides on the old one during MEA weekend when we stayed up there to do some hiking.  They tore it down the next day.  There also appeared to be some fresh cutting on the back side around where the top of the gondola is.

 

Also they just announced a huge expansion plan where they got ahold of more land that butted up to the existing property.

post #97 of 106

Ski areas tend to exaggerate their stats.  Lutsen and Bohemia are big offenders with their "almost 1000'" claims.

 

Lutsen is 807, Boho is 790.  Not too shabby for the midwest, but not even close to a thousand.

post #98 of 106
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Originally Posted by nathanvg View Post
 

Top destinations in the Midwest based on extensive skiing throughout the region:

 

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

Spirit, MN

Giants Ridge, MN

 

All others are 3rd tier.

 

 

I think this pretty well sums it up, although I've only been to about half of the list. 

 

I'd put Searchmont in the first tier when they have the snow - it's north of the lake-effect band and they don't have much in the way of snowmaking so not as reliable as some of the others, but when it's good it's very very good.

post #99 of 106

I was born and raised in Minnesota, so I have some standing to suggest that this topic is like picking the tallest player when a bunch of midgets get together for a basketball game...

post #100 of 106
No, no, you guys have it all wrong. It's obviously Hidden Valley, Missouri, about 20 miles outside St. Louis! We have 310 glorious vertical feet, and it's 55 F out at the top right now! Our season is an eternal 3 months (best years) and this year because of missouri's floods, we didn't even have to open till Jan 10!
Bonus points - you can see the Gateway Arch from our summit - try that with your Boynes, Afton Alps, Lutsens and Bohemias!
Double bonus - just was announced that one of our local racers was selected for the Trofeo Topolino race and camp in Italy. Past graduates of that camp include Marc Girardelli, La Bomba, Janica Kostelic, Zurbriggen, Stenmark and Picabo. So there!

The Midwest does actually extend south of Iowa...lol
post #101 of 106
Missouri is the south to anyone from MN
post #102 of 106
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Missouri is the south to anyone from MN
Does it snows in Missouri or go they ski on astro turf?
post #103 of 106

Cool!

I may get up there for the Central FIS Finale.

post #104 of 106

A lot of good information on here.  I have skied only in Michigan but I wanted to add that the South Peak at Caberfae is fantastic. I have also enjoyed Crystal Mountain.  They have probably invested more in improvements than any other ski resort in the Midwest since this thread began.  They opened a new backyard area this year with I believe 8 additional runs that really ties everything together nice.  The snow there is some of the best I have skied on.  They get really busy on Saturdays though and a lot of the runs are shorter. That South Peak is a great skiers hill though with about 4 runs better than anything at Crystal. The view on the top of the hill overlooking the Manistee National Forest is amazing.  There is a good variety of runs that are pretty good length for Michigan.  My son straight lined the Bullet run and according to the app on his Iphone was going  55 mph. Caberfae has some good deals and is probably the cheapest of the big 6 in the Michigan upper LP. Which is the 2 Boynes, Nub, Crystal, Shanty & Caberfae.  Only negative is that the hill sometimes gets a little icy at the very top. Also, only half the South Peak has lights with the other half know as the dark side.  The dark side has the best runs.  I am not sure if they close that side at night or allow you to ski in semi darkness, which might be fun. Anyway South Peak is what makes Caberfae for me. 

post #105 of 106

I'm pretty new to the midwest (Madison), so I can't say which is "best" but here's my take:

  • Granite Peak - I enjoy skiing here (as long as I stay toward the top) and Wausau is a pretty nice town, but man, $85 for a 1-day ticket? I'll stick to evenings when I'm in town on business.
  • Cascade - Probably the most modern after Granite, but full of FIBs and honestly pretty boring (unless it's really icy, then things can get interesting).
  • Devil's Head - I've only skied here when conditions were terrible (not entirely the hill's fault, but then again it does face south) but my big take-away is that everything is really, really hold. I got a splinter from the chairlift one time. But the terrain is a little more interesting than Cascade.
  • Tyrol Basin - This tiniest of hills gets no love from anyone other than park rats, but there is something really special about this place. Of the four hills in Wisconsin that I've been to, people seem to be having more fun at Tyrol than elsewhere. It's got a great small-hill vibe that the others don't and has some interesting terrain with some skiable trees, some rocks, some drops, etc. But the big thing is it's 30 minutes from Madison and you can get a weekend ticket on Liftopia for cheap (sometimes $20 or less for a day ticket). To me, the convenience and value you get at Tyrol makes up for the fact that it's smaller than the other hills. 
post #106 of 106

There will be "earlybird season pass deals at Tyrol for next year that are usually pretty good.

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