Some Of The Midwest Best For Spring Break Family Getaways
Family-friendly terrain, teaching programs, and a good variety of advanced and expert terrain. Here's a half-dozen of the top family resorts in the Heartland that will keep a family of differing abilities happy for a spring break getaway.
Lutsen Mountains, largest ski resort around the Great Lakes with over an 800-foot vertical drop, offers 95 runs that tumble down four interconnected mountains serviced by eight lifts including a high-speed lift. A five-day lift and lodging spring break special starts from $245 per person. The offer, good Sunday through Thursday, is valid February 17 through March 31.
Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands, located a little over a half-hour apart, offers an interchangeable lift pass good at both resorts. Between the two there are over 115 runs, some up to a mile in length; 11 terrain parks; and 18 lifts. Other activities include winter horseback rides, multiple zipline courses at both resorts, cross country trails, and the Avalanche Indoor Waterpark at the Mountain. Three nights midweek lift and lodging, through March 12, start from $230 per person at the Mountain. The Highlands lift and lodging packages start from $98 per person midweek and $178 weekends.
Crystal Mountain, one of the top family resorts in the nation, according to Parent's magazine, offers 58 runs, glades, three terrain parks, eight lifts, cross country trails, and fat tire biking. The compact village puts lifts, ski school, condos and restaurants within an easy, five-minute walk. Spring break room rates, March 22 through April 4 that include free skiing, riding, and spring break activities, start from $129 per night.
Chestnut Mountain, located above the Mississippi River, offers a 475-foot vertical drop, 19 trails, five chairlifts, three surface tows, and one of the largest terrain parks in the Heartland. A variety of trails ranging from easy to advance offer stunning views of the mile-wide river as they cascade down the rocky bluff. The beginner area is located on the top of the ski hill with its own chairlift and carpet lift. Through March 22 hotel rooms, Sunday-Thursday nights, start from $109 per night. Kids, 12 and under, stay and ski free with two paying adults.
Granite Peak, large for the Heartland, offers three high-speed lifts, 80 trails, and a 700-foot vertical drop. The terrain parks have been rated among the best in the Midwest. The large beginner includes the Enchanted Forest Trail with animal figures. Rocky chutes on the upper mountain attract expert skiers. Scenic trails, some stretching a mile-and-a-half in length, meander down the mountainside. Family Fest weekend packages, which start from $597, include lodging, lift tickets, free rentals and Saturday night fireworks display over the mountain.