Whether you’re looking for a challenging backcountry adventure in the Upper Peninsula or just a casual weekend of slope-side fun, food, and entertainment, these six ski and snowboarding destinations will fulfill your need to shred.Less
By the numbers alone, Boyne Mountain Resort is an impressive skiing destination for the Midwest. With 415 skiable acres, a yearly average of 140 inches of snow, 60 downhill trails, 7 terrain parks, 12 lifts, and 500 feet of elevation, this resort offers more than enough to keep skiers and snowboarders of all levels occupied in the winter.
Only 3 hours outside of Chicago, 2 hours from Milwaukee, and less than an hour’s drive from Madison, Cascade Mountain has become a popular winter escape for residents living in the Midwest’s biggest cities. Known for its four technical terrain parks, night skiing and snowboarding runs, and an 800-foot tubing chute, Cascade is an idyllic winter destination for serious shredders, kids, and beginners alike.
Possibly the only ski resort to feature views of the Mississippi River, Chestnut Mountain Resort is located in Galena, Illinois, near the Iowa and Wisconsin state borders—which also makes this one of the most centralized skiing destinations in the Midwest. Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels can enjoy 19 runs spread throughout the 220 acres of Chestnut, including a 7-acre terrain park featuring 25 rails.
Unlike other ski resorts in the Midwest, the Lutsen Mountains ski area is actually in the mountains (technically speaking). Consisting of four mountains—Moose, Mystery, Ullr, and Eagle—within the Sawtooth Mountain range that sits along the shores of Lake Superior, Lutsen Mountains is home to some of the highest skiing peaks in the region with a vertical rise of 1,088 feet. Known for its impressive size, Lutsen offers 1,000 acres of skiable land that includes terrain parks and 95 runs.
Since 1937, Granite Peak Ski Area has been a skiing destination for Wisconsinites and Midwesterners alike. Located in Rib Mountain State Park, Granite is the largest ski resort in the state and home to one of the most sophisticated lift systems in the Midwest—a high-speed, six-seater chairlift. The resort also offers more than 200 acres of skiable land, 60 runs, four terrain parks, four mogul runs, seven tree trails, and 700 feet of vertical.
Mount Bohemia is a standout when it comes to skiing in the Midwest. Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the Keweenaw Peninsula, this ski destination receives an average of 273 inches of snowfall per year—150 inches more than Colorado ski cities like Vail and Breckenridge. Outside of large snow amounts, Bohemia is widely known for its expert-level runs and rugged terrain that can be challenging for even the most experienced skiers and snowboarders.