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The Very Best Ski Mountains | Midwest
If the East Coast of the United States is not known for its ski mountains, then the Midwest has an even worse reputation. However, residents of the Midwest know that they have a few amazing ski areas with features that could excite any avid skier. Although the mountains may be considered closer to hills to skiers from the West, these Midwest ski mountains make the best of the area they have. Each of these mountains has unique and exciting features to offer their visitors.
Boyne Mountain, Michigan
Boyne Mountain has a great range of runs from beginner to expert. Boyne Mountain has the advantage of having a sister ski area, Boyne Highlands. Overall the mountain has 60 runs with 415 skiable acres and a total of 10 lifts. The vertical drop of the mountain is 500 feet. In addition the ski area has cross country trail and a Superpipe. Boyne Highlands has 54 runs with 8 lifts on 430 skiable acres. Boyne Highlands has a vertical drop of 552 feet. The area averages around 140 inches of snow annually.
Crystal Mountain, Michigan
Crystal Mountain is one of the Midwest's best destination ski resorts. It is a great place to come year round for an extended vacation. The mountain has 45 runs served by 9 lifts and over 40 kilometers of cross country trails. The mountain has 85 skiable acres and a 375 foot vertical drop. Crystal Mountain also lights 27 of its runs for night skiing. Visitors to the mountain will also find two terrain parks and a half-pipe. The resort also features golf and a new spa.
Mount Bohemia, Michigan
Mount Bohemia is Michigan's best ski mountain for extreme skiing. The mountain gets great powder every year and has some of the highest vertical drops in the Midwest. Unfortunately this is not a mountain that is good for beginners, but avid back-country skiers will have a great time at Mount Bohemia. This ski area averages 273 inches of snow every year. Mount Bohemia has a 900 foot vertical drop and 75 runs. Back-country skiers will especially love this ski mountain since it does not groom its runs.
Afton Alps, Minnesota
Afton Alps is located only 30 minutes away from St. Paul, making it a great destination for St. Paul residents and for visitors looking to have fun on the slopes during the day, but still be able to go back to the city for a fun evening. This mountain has a fairly large ski area with 48 runs over 250 acres of skiable terrain and 18 lifts. In addition, Afton Alps has a vertical drop of 350 feet. Afton Alps also has a variety of facilities of snowboarding, including four terrain parks and a half-pipe.
Lutsen Mountain, Minnesota
Lutsen Mountain is the largest ski mountain in the Midwest and it has the steepest vertical drop. The ski area spans across four mountains and it is a great option for skiers seeking a big mountain ski experience in the Midwest. Lutsen has 1000 skiable acres with 92 lifts serviced by 20 lifts. The mountain has a vertical drop of 1088 feet; the lift-serviced vertical drop is 852 feet. Lutsen also has the Midwest's only Gondola. The mountain also offers some tree skiing runs.
Mad River Mountain, Ohio
Mad River Mountain in Ohio is another great Midwest ski resort. Mad River has two terrain parks with features to suit everyone able to use the terrain parks. This ski mountain has 144 skiable acres with a vertical drop of 300 feet. The lift system has 6 lifts and 6 surface lifts. This resort also has a new tubing park with 10 tubing lanes that are great for everyone. Mad River Mountain is one of the Midwest's best family oriented ski mountains.
Devil's Head Resort, Wisconsin
Devil's Head Resort is one of the best Midwest ski resorts for its amazing apres-ski. The mountain has 300 skiable acres, which makes it one of the largest in the Midwest. It has 29 ski trails with 10 lifts and a 500 foot vertical drop. In addition, the ski mountain has cross country trails and has a terrain park. For skiers who are looking for a great apres-ski experience, the Devil's Den Bar is a must see destination, and it has live entertainment on certain nights during the peak season.
Granite Peak, Wisconsin
For Midwest skiers looking for an experience more like the western ski mountains, Granite Peak is the place to go. This mountain has 75 runs served by one of the Midwest's best lift systems. In addition, the mountain has a 700 foot vertical drop, much closer to the steep drops of many of the western ski mountains. Granite Peak also has five terrain parks and two mogul runs.
Tyrol Basin, Wisconsin
Tyrol Basin is best known for its amazing terrain parks, which are continually changing just to keep things fresh for visitors to the mountain. This is a relatively small ski mountain with only 30 skiable acres, 16 runs and a lift system with 3 chair lifts and 3 surface lifts. However, it makes up for its small size with its amazing terrain parks. Tyrol Basin has a long history of welcoming snowboarders with open arms. Their commitment to snowboarding is readily apparent to all of its visitors. This mountain is one of the Midwest's small ski mountain gems.
Wilmot Mountain, Wisconsin
Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin is known as a great place for beginners and for its abundance of skilled instructors. The mountain has 26 runs, served by 8 lifts. Wilmot is a great mountain for beginning skiers and snowboarders. The mountain offers lessons for beginners of all ages in both snowboarding and skiing. For the littlest kids, ages 4-9, Wilmot offers their Winter Wonderland, which combines fun and ski instruction.