After skiing or racing at almost every snow-covered hill, bump or lump between the Appalachians and Rockies, we are nominating these five resorts as the absolute best in the midwest. The ranking is not based on any sort of objective criteria like vertical footage, snow quality or number of runs. It is based on the highly subjective “cool” factor. Feel free to disagree with a diatribe of your own in the Comments section below.
1. Searchmont Resort Algoma, Ontario-
This area is located about 30 minutes from Sault St Marie, Canada and the drive takes you through some beautiful country, covered with boreal forests and rocky mountain-ettes. The hill itself has stair-step terrain that is not overly steep, but really fun to cruise. Searchmont has real tree skiing and a great race hill. Not pretentious in any way. Don’t forget to finish your day with a plate of Poutine.
2. Lutsen Mountains Lutsen, Minnesota-
Lutsen is the largest resort in the Midwest. Four mountains total…two mountains worth skiing. It is way to cold in January, in late March everything is fabulous. The best slalom hill in the Midwest is Lutsen’s Koo Koo trail.
3. Devil’s Glen Country Club Singhampton, Ontario-
Ontario gets another one. Devil’s glen is steep, steep, steep and located about an hour and a half north of Toronto. Best skiing on the Niagara Escarpment. It is a country club and that means tens of thousands of dollars to ski there. Very pretentious.
4. Boyne Highlands / Boyne Mountain Harbor Springs/Boyne Falls, Michigan-
OK I cheated. I couldn’t decide.
5. Buck Hill Burnsville, Minnesota-
Number of World Class Ski Racers / Vertical Height of Ski Resort = Buck Hill on the List
Honorable Mention- Challenge Mountain Recreational Area