Hello readers,

If we’re lucky, winter will be wrapping up soon. But there’s still time to get in one last seasonal excursion with your group at one of the Midwest’s top five ski resorts. This curated list was provided by travel expert Radek Mista. He’s also the founder of FastToll, an app that allows non-IPASS users to bypass the tollbooth lanes on Illinois roadways and pay later.

Granite Peak Resort: Part of Wisconsin’s Rib Mountain State Park, this ski resort is the largest in the Midwest, with 75 runs and three speed lifts spanning 405 acres of land. Located in Wausau, the surrounding area also includes several options for hotel accommodations, nighttime activities, children’s programs and restaurants.

Chestnut Mountain Resort: Located in historic Galena, Illinois, this family-friendly resort has 19 runs and a 475-foot vertical drop. Chestnut Mountain Resort offers lodging accommodations, three restaurants and a spa. Nestled in the hills, it also has a beautiful view of the Mississippi River.

Ski Brule: Voted “Visitors Choice, Best Overall Resort” six years in a row from onthesnow.com, Ski Brule is a popular resort located in Iron River, Michigan. Because of the resort’s snowmaking ability, it opens as early as October, with a season lasting through April. Ski Brule offers private, semi-private and group ski/snowboarding lessons, too. Other activities include snow tubing hills and a sleigh ride up to Homstead Lodge for the infamous BBQ dinner.

Crystal Mountain: With multiple lodging options ranging from bungalows to hotel rooms, Crystal Mountain is a full-service resort that offers skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and fat tire snow biking. Located in Thompsonville, Michigan, Crystal Mountain is uniquely open year-round with activities tailored to each season.

Cascade Mountain: Located near Wisconsin Dells, Cascade Mountain provides the longest S-rail in the United States, perfect for skiing and snowboarding tricks and snow tubing. At night, lights are turned so adults can cascade on the slopes for a few more hours of fun.

Happy Planning!
Selena Fragassi
Editor
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