W2501 County Road, Elkhorn, WI, 800-227-9395
Driving time from Chicago: about two hours
The gist: Winter sports enthusiasts will find plenty of variety at this southern Wisconsin ski resort, which features 21 ski runs, a vertical drop of 388 feet and three terrain parks.
Season dates: Weather permitting.
Ticket to ride: Weekday tickets $64 (beginner hill $45); weekends $74 (beginner hill $55); equipment rentals are $45 for a half-day and $55 for a full-day plus $15 for a helmet.