Alpine Valley is the best ski area in the Chicago area. It is an easy 2 hour scoot for me to get there. Their mid week special is awesom. For $100.00 you get a lift ticket on the day you arrive, evening dinner, overnignt accomodations, use of the hot tub and pool,breakfast the next morning and another all day lift ticket. How can you beat that? It is uncrowded and the staff is friendly.