One of the Heartland's oldest ski areas, Wisconsin's Wilmot Mountain, is celebrating its 82nd year in business in 2020. Indianhead, part of the UP's Big Snow Resort, is celebrating 60 this spring and Mt. Bohemia, also located in Michigan's UP is turning 20.
Wilmot Mountain's stature is measured by the million or so Chicagoland snowsports enthusiasts that have skied there since it first opened. Over a half-million learned the sport here. Vail corporation bought the ski area in 2016 upgrading it with new lifts, an expanded ski and snowboard school, a new beginner area and terrain park, added an off-site tubing hill, and expanded the snowmaking system. Located on an ancient glacial moraine the ski area stretches for almost a mile along the ridge, and with seven chairlifts and six surface tows, they keep skiers and riders moving up and down the ridge. Weekends can be hectic, but they handle crowds well.
Indianhead Mountain, the upside-down resort with its base village and lodging on top of the ski hill, has some of the best cruising runs around the Great Lakes. Long, boulevard-like runs cut a wide, mile-long, western-like swath from top to bottom, and half of them are rated expert terrain spilling off the 638-foot ski hill. It was combined a few years ago with next-door neighbor Blackjack. You can see the slopes across the valley. Between the two Big Snow Resort now offers 15 lifts and 56 trails and lodging at both locations. You can save up to 40-percent on lodging through the end of the season by booking early. They normally ski into April.
Mount Bohemia, a relative newcomer among Great Lakes ski resorts, is without a doubt the most unique. With a 900-foot vertical drop and backcountry skiing that's been ranked among North America's best backcountry ski resorts. A couple of years ago they made it to the final four in Powder magazine's annual reader contest for the best backcountry skiing on the continent. There are numerous backcountry pockets scattered across 560 acres accessed by two chairlifts. Nothing is groomed. They also offer the only snowcat touring east of the Rocky Mountains on nearby Voodoo Mountain. Accommodations range from trailside yurts to cabins and elegant log home-like cabins. Spring break special starts from $75 per day, which includes lift, lodging, breakfast and dinner based on quad occupancy. A two-night stay is required.