so our vast, mostly flat corner of the globe is not terribly conducive to alpine skiing and snowboarding, but there are places in the midwest that can at least allow one to get out and ski down some snow, even if it's only a small fraction of the experience one finds at proper mountain resorts out west.
i bring it up because i just spent the weekend up at Granite Peak (formerly Rib Mountain) ski resort in wausau, wi. and i came away very impressed with the place (by midwestern standards). with 700' of vertical, it's the tallest resort in wisconsin, and we got 4" of fresh powder as we were skiing on saturday so trail conditions were great. overall, i'd have to say i think that granite peak is probably the best skiing i've experienced in the midwest (though still a far, FAR cry from anything out west, obviously).
out of the places in the midwest i've skied, here's how i'd rank them:
- granite peak - wausau, wi
- indianhead - wakefield, mi (UP)
- big powder horn - bessemer, mi (UP)
- devil's head - merrimac, wi
- cascade - portage, wi
- chestnut mountain - galena, il
- afton alps - hastings, mn
- alpine valley - elkhorn, wi
- wilmot mountian - wilmot, wi
- grand geneva resort - lake geneva, wi
anyone have other favorite places in our flat, flat region that can at least allow one to get a small taste of what it's like to fly across snow?