- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 3
- All Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 2
- Nightlife 2
Pros: Limitless real-moutain backcountry
Cons: None if you're coming to shred
Recommended For: Single/Newlyweds, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Apr 1, 2013
This place is incredible. Best in the midwest at the very least. The two-star ratings for Family, Park, and Nightlife are not negatives, but rather warnings of what not to expect here. This place is pure real-mountain backcountry. They say they have 85 runs that's just on paper. Since you can ski/board anywhere, the place is limitless. There are open runs that contain natural moguls, but the gladed skiing is the big draw. Mountain-difficulty black diamonds and really no rules. There are natural snow-covered rock jumps to hit, cliffs to drop off, and creeks to hop over... you really do need to be careful.
Yurt living is communal, hospitable, and cheap. I suggest you come here, stay in the tiny village of cabins and yurts so you can ski in and out, have some drinks and food at the North Pole Bar yurt, and plan on shredding from 930a-430pm through the powder and trees. Plan to make some new friends along the way too. Oh, and the few workers are super friendly and down-to-earth and you get free breakfast every morning.
I've heard it called as challenging as Colorado with fewer restrictions and shorter runs (though they're definitely not quick), and a "miniature Jackson Hole" by people who ski out west consistently. The place is the real deal for extreme skiing without any filler. When it's this good, there is no room for filler anyway.