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9 Of The Best Midwest Ski Resorts


Ski Brule, Michigan

Open Thursday through Sunday from 9am to 4pm, Ski Brule is located on the upper peninsula of Michigan near the Wisconsin border. Lift tickets for adults are $65, however, if you're down for a night ride, you can save $55. Ski Brule isn't all about runs. This spot is great for terrain park fans. "Ski Brule Park crew has built three parks designed for riders to have a progressive system of features for learning and developing skills. Smaller boxes, wider rails and jumps that start off small and increase in size for riders increasing their skills."


Big Snow Resort, Michigan

Enjoy 56 runs for $56 during the week at Big Snow Resort in Michigan. Situated near the Wisconsin border on Michigan's UP, Big Snow is a wintery escape for Midwestern skiers and snowboarders. In fact, Big Snow actually includes two resorts: Indianhead and Blackjack. Indianhead is open seven days a week while Blackjack is open Thursday through Sunday.


Seven Oaks Rec, Iowa

A convenient option for skiers and snowboarders from the Greater Omaha-area or Des Moines, Seven Oaks has simple slopes, but it's a great place to practice after a short drive. Located less than an hour north of Des Moines, Iowa, Seven Oaks has options for all ages and skill levels including runs, terrain parks and tubing. Here's >>> some more fun stuff to do in Iowa!


Snow Creek, Missouri

This Missouri snow ski mountain is closest for Kansas City, Omaha, and Des Moines folks. Lift tickets are under $60, but availability is limited, so be sure to check out Snow Creek's website before road-tripping. This resort is managed by Vail, so if you have an Epic Pass, Snow Creek could be included.

Spirit Mountain, Minnesota

"Offering amazing views of Lake Superior and located within the city limits of Duluth, MN, Spirit Mountain boasts the second largest vertical drop in the Midwest!" Sounds epic, right? Spirit Mountain is consistently mentioned amongst Midwest favorites, probably for its location and versatility of activities. Purchase lift tickets online for $67.


Chestnut Mountain Resort, Illinois

Located three hours west of Chicago on the edge Mississippi River, "Chestnut’s over 220 rolling acres and 475-foot vertical drop are home to 19 ski trails and a 7-acre terrain park, The Farside, featuring over 25 rails and structures." If you live near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and you're looking for a convenient place to practice before heading to bigger resorts in Colorado or Utah, you can get to Chestnut Mountain in less than two hours. Snag yourself a day pass for just $45 during the week or $65 on the weekend.


Terry Peak, South Dakota

Nestled up to the Wyoming border, Terry Peak is a South Dakota surprise for skiers and snowboarders. This Midwestern summit stands 7,100ft, making it the tallest lift service between the Rockies and the Alps. Passes for adults start at just $47, which gives you half-day access to 600 acres of skiable terrain. Groups of 20 or more qualify for group rates, so you may want to consider Terry Peak for a Black Hills birthday celebration. PS. Mount Rushmore is just an hour south.


Cascade Mountain, Wisconsin

Located less than two hours northwest of Milwaukee, Cascade Mountain is full of snow-fun opportunities. With nearly 50 trails and four terrain parks, there's something for everyone here. Plus, when you're ready for a change of pace, you and your friends or family can send it on the 800-foot-long snow tubing chute. Day-Night passes are $78 for adults and $65 for kids.

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Mt. Crescent, Iowa

Founded in 1961, Mt. Crescent has been a favorite for generations, claiming more than 100,000 have learned to ski or snowboard here. Mt. Crescent is situated in the beautiful Loess Hills, which line western Iowa near Omaha, Nebraska - FLPSDE's hometown. Our local hill was recently purchased by Pottawattamie County who plans to take over management in the summer season of 2022.