Boyne's solution to skiers' summer blues? Simple: 162 holes of golf within 27 miles of Lake Michigan's shoreline. Between Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands and Bay Harbor resorts, 11 championship courses roll over a delightful mix of terrain.
Giants Ridge broke into the Top 10 last year at No. 5 and continues to climb this year. This spunky northern Minnesota resort north of Duluth has parlayed good snow and great grooming into what skiers consider one of the best ski operations in the region.
Loon Mountain embodies the three L's of good real estate: location, location, location. The two-hour straight-shot from Boston won Loon a Gold Medal for accessibility. But don't think Loon rests on its easy-commute status.