Nub's Nob wrestled El Niño to the mat last winter and pinned it. While other resorts were whining, Nub's had its best year ever, which may explain why readers ranked it as the top ski-only (no lodging) resort in the Midwest.
The Crystal Mountain brochure says the resort wants to "make memories etched in Crystal"-and it's a goal Crystal takes seriously. The cozy lower Michigan resort finished No. 1 in Service, Lodging, Family Programs and On-Mountain Food-a grand slam for a resort that prides itself on taking care of the details.
Seventy years ago when Otto Schniebs declared, "Skiing is not a sport, it's a way of life," the Dartmouth ski coach probably didn't dream that his lifestyle would one day include a form of urban sprawl.