Variety of interesting terrain. Excellent Snowmaking
Relatively short vertical. Crowds on weekends/holidays
Perfect North is my "local" area - 1:15 away. Over the last few years, I've really come to appreciate what they offer. I find myself wishing they had a bit more vertical, but there is a very good variety of runs. From treed runs to longer blue cruisers to the moguls and steeps. You've really got to appreciate the time and money invested in what was Indiana farm land to create a legitimate ski area.
Fantastic snowmaking. They have had 100% of their terrain open for many weeks. Far sooner than any other ski area within 300 miles. These guys make snow like nobody's business. Another plus is that 100% of the runs are also open for night skiing. Very reasonable lift tickets. I like the fact that your lift ticket is good for 8 hours regardless of when you start rather than the usual 9 a.m - 4 p.m hours like many areas operate. So if you sleep in and don't get to the slopes until 10, you can ski until 6 (then you can add 4 more hours for just $10).
Large lodge (although it fills up quickly on weekends/holidays) with relatively good food at reasonable (for a ski area) prices. Despite the large lodge, it does fill up quickly on weekends and it seems a lot of people "claim" a table for the entire day or have one non-skier "camp out" out the table - so often times you can forget about finding a place to sit at lunch. Nothing like eating while standing up and seeing a large table with an ice chest on it and 1 non-skier sitting there reading a book.
Because they are the best thing around, they do get crowded on weekends/holidays (although this is no different than many other areas) - and there does seem to be plenty of people skiing beyond their abilities. This year, I have noticed an increase of ski patrols on the slopes in an effort to police the out-of-control nuts on very crowded days.
If you want to ski the tree runs, do it early in the morning - the orange lift gets very crowded as the day goes on and beginners move up from the bunny hill to the Far Side. Move over to the red/white lifts in the afternoon.
Like someone mentioned before, we are fortunate to have such an area nearby.
If only they had a couple hundred ft. more vertical....