Courtesy Boyne Highlands
Boyne Highlands, Michigan
One day lift tickets: $59 (Adults), $54 (Seniors), $46 (Kids)–slightly higher on weekends; 8 lifts service 55 runs, 5 terrain parks, and a 13′ halfpipe.
What’s cool: An astonishing variety of skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing, ice-skating, even wintertime zip-lines… all just south of the Canadian border at the top of the state’s Lower Peninsula.
Where to bunk: Best around is the slopeside Austrian-styled Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa (connected to the Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, no less).
Courtesy Powder Mountain
Powder Mountain, Utah
One day lift tickets: $69 (Adults), $52 (Seniors), $37 (Kids); 7 chairlifts and tows with the option of affordable snow cat rides to access 144 runs and 2 terrain parks.
What’s cool: It’s “Pow Mow” for those in the know, who know that this is the biggest resort in the country (by skiable terrain–with nearly 7,000 acres and over 500 inches of snow each year)–and all barely an hour north of Salt Lake City.
Where to bunk: Columbine Inn has rooms, cabins, and multi-bed condos (most Ski-in/Ski-out). Nearby Eden and Ogden are your next best bet for hotels and motels.