Schuss Mountain was the Rodney Dangerfield of Michigan skiing until it became part of Shanty Creek Resorts. Now the Shanty/Schuss combo¿located on separate peaks about three miles apart¿encompasses 41 runs and 600 lodging options.
Indianhead is the big chief of Michigan's Upper Peninsula ski tribe. It's an upside-down resort, with the lodging and main facilities located on top of the 638-vertical-foot ski hill, highest in the U.P.
Giants Ridge remains a secret to most skiers, but some SKI readers are beginning to discover this gem. Crowds have yet to come en masse, but consider that a reason to visit, along with the superb skiing you'll find.
For a metropolitan ski area, Spirit Mountain doesn't give anything away in terms of location and scenery. As one reader puts it, "There are beautiful views of Lake Superior, and it's close to Duluth for good dining and lodging."