I wrote a column published earlier this week about skiing. My husband and I got back on downhill skis after a long hiatus, and our daughter tried out snowboarding for the first time.
I included a short list of several Midwest ski resorts that offer skiing and snowboarding lessons for children.
Since then, I’ve heard from several readers about their favorite Midwestern ski hills that didn’t make the list. Here are their suggestions and comments.
— Hidden Valley, Wildwood, Mo., near St. Louis
“It is smaller in acreage than Wilmot, but a few of its runs are longer and have a slightly greater vertical drop (about 300 feet). For those who don’t like cold weather, the average January high is a pleasant 38 degrees. ... Daytime highs in the 50s are much more frequent at Hidden Valley than anywhere in Wisconsin. The obvious downside is a shorter season, but they are usually open through February. They have a nice beginner area with magic carpet. Group lessons start at $15 and private lessons at $45. Private lessons are offered to children as young as 3 on skis or 5 on snowboards. They also have a huge snowtubing area for any family members that don’t care to ski.”
— Perfect North Slopes, Lawrenceburg, Ind., about a half hour west of Cincinnati
“It is 3 3/4 hours from Champaign. It’s an easy drive, too, virtually all interstate. That makes it easier to get to than even Chestnut Mountain. It’s a really nice family atmosphere, too. I have taken both my family and my scout group there a number of times.”
— Granite Peak, Wausau, Wis.
“Granite Peak has runs that are about twice as long as Cascade. The additional two hour drive will be worthwhile when everyone in your family can ski both green and blue. ... I liked GP for its change of pace — less crowded, lots of tree skiing (even a wide green trail with fake animals in the woods as their “kids tree skiing area”), great outdoor eating area with heaters and a view of the mountain.
"It also has very wide green and blue runs and some areas with groomed moguls. More varied terrain. And much grander terrain parks with phenomenal snowboarders. Great to watch them go off the jumps from the lift.”
— Sundown Mountain, Dubuque, Iowa
“I think (Sundown Mountain) is one of the premier ski resorts in the Midwest. We’ve been taking our kids there for years and they’ve taught our kids to ski and snowboard. They have excellent instructors.”