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Old 10-24-2006, 05:11 PM   #1
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Default Best Place to Ski in Michigan or Illinois

During Thanksgiving, I am going to Michigan or Illinois to Ski and wondering where is a good place to do it.

Any recommended place?

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Old 10-24-2006, 05:20 PM   #2
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If you can find hills in IL, let me know. I've been looking for them for 29 years now and have only found a few rolling hills and a couple of water-worn cliffs in Illinois.
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Old 10-24-2006, 05:43 PM   #3
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Chestnut Mountain in Galena, IL..
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Old 10-24-2006, 05:53 PM   #4
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Chestnut Mountain in Galena, IL..
what he said
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Old 10-24-2006, 06:04 PM   #5
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Chestnut Mountain in Galena, IL..
+3...only if they get their terrain park going. they had a sweet double kinked rail and a wall at the bottom of the hill that was pretty sick!

tyrol basin is pretty good too...
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Old 10-24-2006, 06:04 PM   #6
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i go to cascade mountain in wis it's about 1 hour and a half from chicago
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Old 10-24-2006, 06:08 PM   #7
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devils head is right on the other side...never been a fan of that mountain. when it comes down to finding a good hill, its all about timing. i've been out west and when it doesn't snow in the winter as much, it really kills it.
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Old 10-24-2006, 06:09 PM   #8
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All of the hills in Michigan are garbage.

No, literally, they are made out of garbage.
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Old 10-24-2006, 06:11 PM   #9
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All of the hills in Michigan are garbage.

No, literally, they are made out of garbage.
same with wilmot in IL and some mountains in wisconsin.
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Old 10-24-2006, 06:41 PM   #10
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Bittersweet in MI is fun if they have fresh snow.
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Old 10-24-2006, 06:45 PM   #11
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cascade and devilshead in wi is where i go.
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Old 10-24-2006, 07:06 PM   #12
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Boyne mountain in MI, with nubs nob across the way.

(but it might be a bit far north)

http://www.boyne.com/SnowSports/TwoMountains/ (Boyne is about 500' tall)
http://www.nubsnob.com/nubsmap.html (dont know how tall nubs is, but tall as boyne)

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Old 10-24-2006, 07:08 PM   #13
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All of the hills in Michigan are garbage.

No, literally, they are made out of garbage.
In SE Michigan they are...I grew up riding Brighton and AV.

The northern part of the lower pen has some good areas to ride. I'm thinking about going up there for a weekend this season. I haven't been riding on decent stuff in YEARS.
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Old 10-24-2006, 09:48 PM   #14
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Do you care if it is in the U.P.?

Mount Bohemia, Mont Ripley, the Porkies
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Old 10-24-2006, 11:19 PM   #15
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Boyne mountain in MI, with nubs nob across the way.
seconded for Boyne Mtn. Better than anything in Illiniois by far.
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Old 10-24-2006, 11:44 PM   #16
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Damm.. Some of you guys are sending me literally all over to Canada!!

Ok ok.. here is the thing. I am in Bloomington, Indiana as you guys can see from my profile. I am heading towards Ann Arbor, Michigan where my gf is. Since I am there, I would like to go to ski also.

Bittersweet and Boyne Mountain seems ok although Bittersweet is nearer but Boyne seems better.

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Old 10-24-2006, 11:58 PM   #17
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Bittersweet is rather pathetic compared to Boyne Mountain. Boyne Highlands and Nubs Nob are 30-45 minutes north Boyne Mountain. You've also got Shanty Creek and Crystal Mountain in that northwest area.

If you just want a place to ski then Bittersweet isn't bad. I'd suggest, though, trying to make it up to Boyne Mountain. Last year was actually a pretty decent year for skiing and so far the weather is helping them out this year. There may actually be some Thanksgiving skiing.

http://goskimichigan.com/skiareas/
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Old 10-25-2006, 12:09 AM   #18
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Boyne would be the sickest place to go. But if you are looking for somewhere closer. Try Timber Ridge.. it's in Kalamazoo, MI I think.
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Old 10-25-2006, 11:15 AM   #19
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I'm a big fan of Nubs Nob. No one in the midwest is better at making and maintaining snow. Little known fact is that Nub's head snow making guy was hired as part of the crew maintaining the snow in Utah for the winter olympics! Its also good because most out of state visitors only know "Boyne", so there are shorter lines at Nubs.

Other places I've enjoyed are Crystal Mountain, Caberfae (sp?), and Shanty Creek. Whatever you do, do not waste your time thinking about Cannonsburg in Grand Rapids. The hill in my back yard is bigger and longer (I'm not joking). Its only a 120ft vertical from highest to lowest. I used to ride my mtn bike up and down it!

If you don't want to make the drive up north...Mt. Holly is the best skiing in SE Michigan. A bit of a drive from Ann Arbor, but they have the best runs, best snow, and most competent Ski Patrol if you happen to get injured. Its also convenient that I can sometimes get free lift tickets to Mt. Holly, so I may be trying to setup a group outing sometime.
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Old 10-25-2006, 11:16 AM   #20
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Crystal Mtn has a great park and decent all round......Definately Mt. Bohemia in the UP for Powder....
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Old 10-25-2006, 11:23 AM   #21
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snow at Thanksgiving...what do you know that we don't?

if anywhere in MI...Boyne Mountain gets the thumbs up from the telemarkers!

I miss Cham...
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Old 10-25-2006, 06:28 PM   #22
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Shiller Wood's in Chicago... at Cumberland/Irving
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Old 10-25-2006, 06:34 PM   #23
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U.P. is fun i go there every year for christmas
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Old 10-25-2006, 07:03 PM   #24
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best skiing, on lake Michigan behind a boat.
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:03 AM   #25
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We go skiing every Christmas season at Indianhead in the UP, its a pretty nice hill
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