Paoli is a very small ski area with 400 vertical feet. Most of the snow is man made. The slopes are short and the lifts are slow. It is also an upside down hill, where the lifts load at the bottom and empty at the top. I am sure that anyone who has skied any other place would not think much of Paoli but remember your in Indiana. Set aside the natural shortcomings and consider this: When it's cold and the runs are groomed you can ski. Paoli has one of the most advanced agressive snow board parks in the country. The ski school caters to kids and families. The tubing park is long, fun and steep. The lift lines are never crowded and staff provide immediate assistance with getting on and off. The lodge is warm with picnic areas for families. Food is reasonably priced. Ski patrol is always present and respond quickly to accidents with a nearby hospital ten minutes away. Paoli is a hidden place for family fun. It will never compete with other resorts because in Indiana it does not have too.