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: Daily slope tickets starting at $60 ($40 for beginner hills only); equipment rentals are $40 for a half-day and $50 for a full-day plus $10 for a helmet