The 2002 Winter Olympics may be Salt Lake's official coming out party, but skiing has been woven into the city's fabric for nearly a century. Organized skiing dates back to the Thirties, when it blossomed under the guidance of ski patriarch Alf Engen.
Cracking SKI's Midwest Top 10 list for the first time, Welch depends on an age-old formula of providing interesting terrain, good service and solid value. "Lots of variety and challenge," says one reader.
The people who run Crystal Mountain are masters of the "resort tweak." As one reader puts it, "This is a small resort that maximizes its assets; they get the details right." On the hill, Crystal uses every inch of terrain to its utmost potential.
Set high on the bluffs above the Mississippi River, Chestnut Mountain Resort overlooks three states (Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin). The vista is breathtaking, particularly at sunset. But what really propels Chestnut into the Top 10 this year is its overal