Best Ski Destination

Christie Mountain in Bruce, Wisconsin, again took first place with its 30 downhill trails for skiers, snowboarders, and other winter enthusiasts. Warm up in the cozy chalet before heading out for some night skiing on the lighted trails. Afton Alps in Hastings, Minnesota, features 300 acres and 52 trails for more variety. It will take you about four hours to get to Lutsen, Minnesota, from the Chippewa Valley, but the Lutsen Resort is worth the drive. Hugging the north shore of Lake Superior, the 134-year old attraction includes 95 runs on four mountains. Historic charm is blended with modern conveniences for a fun weekend getaway. — Diana Peterson