Best Midwest Places to Get Snowed In
Boyne, Michigan: A place to play
Austrian ski instructors cheerfully work with inexperienced skiers: "Pretend you're holding a tray. Now lean to the right, then to the left." With a little practice, even novices can swoop and swish across the runs at Boyne Mountain before safely landing in the snow-covered village below.
Boyne (15 miles south of Petoskey) is home to the 60-year-old grand dame of Midwest skiing. Boyne's Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa marries North Woods knotty pine with alpine luxury. The result: big rooms with fireplaces, plasma TVs and silky bed linens--plus the 18,000-square-foot Solace Spa and Avalanche Bay, a huge indoor water park.
At a steamy indoor-outdoor pool, gusts of lake-effect snow powder guests' hair. The Solace Spa, scented with sandalwood and rosemary, promises hours of relaxation. You could just appreciate winter from an indoor seat, but the rush of skiing may lure you into another run down the mountain. From $191. See Midwest Living's review. (800) 462-6963; boyne.com
Pictured: Boyne offers 114 ski runs down two mountains to accommodate all levels of skiing experience.