The Midwest Region of the US is not thought of as a hotbed of great ski resorts. While none are as big as the slopes in the Rockies or Pacific Northwest, there are still a number of challenging resorts, especially in Michigan.
Explaining our Criteria
Here at Parks & Trips, we created a proprietary Difficulty Score thats generated by combining a number of metrics for each resort. Primarily, we look at the count of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then gives each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Mount Bohemia: The Most Difficult Ski Resort in the Midwest
Mount Bohemia in Michigan is not only the most challenging ski resort in the Midwest, but it is also one of the top 20 most difficult resorts in the whole US (currently #16 at the time of this writing).
Mount Bohemia has actually made various Top 10 lists across the country for how difficult it is, and it has zero easy trails. With over 450 skiable acres, 93% of which are rated “Expert”, this resort is a destination for many avid skiers.
Second place goes to Snowstar in Illinois because of the high number of exert trails it has. Third place goes to Indianhead Resort in Michigan due to it having the highest summit in the region, as well as 50% of its trails being rated as “Expert”.
Michigan is an absolute powerhouse in the Midwest region, with 5 of its ski resorts claiming spots in our top 10 here. Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ohio have other ski resorts that make up the other five most difficult Midwest slopes.