You don't have a lot of snowsports choices if you live in Kansas City or St. Joseph, Mo. But nearby [R1470R, Snow Creek] helps fill that void. Actually, for this region of the Heartland, it fills that void quite nicely.  In fact, Dorothy, you may not feel like you're in Kansas anymore.

Snow Creek delivers a lot of fun on snow that normally snow-starved Kansans and Missourians would have to drive hours to find, with its 300-foot vertical, a dozen or so runs, two triple chairs, a double chair, the Rattlesnake Terrain Park, and Tornado Alley Tubing Park.  With an arsenal of snowguns that can blanket the slopes quickly and keep it fresh all winter long, the Creek's normal season is about three months; late December through mid-March.  Last season they were open 84 days.

A daily lift ticket will run $37 this season, but, with lots of weekday specials, night skiing and riding, and Midnight Madness sessions that run to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, there's plenty of opportunity to lower the cost.  Tubing rates are $22 for two hours.  Wednesday and Thursday nights you pay the same rate, but you get four hours instead of two.

Historic Weston, less than five miles away, offers several lodging choices including some, beautiful, old B&Bs, for those who might want to spend a weekend enjoying the slopes.  There are over 1,000 rooms available within a half-hour drive.