12500 Crystal Mountain Dr, Thompsonville, MI, 855-995-5146
Travel time from Chicago: about a five-hour drive
The gist: This northern Michigan destination has it all: 58 ski or snowboard slopes, eight lifts, three terrain parks, six wooded glade areas and NASTAR racing Wednesday through Sunday. Accommodations include luxury suites, hotel rooms, condos and resort homes.
Season dates: Weather permitting through April 4.
Ticket to ride: Day passes start at $33; equipment rentals $25–$50.