There's 4 hills locally. The two best, (...and I use that term in the loosest possible manner. ) Are also the furthest at about an hour/ hour n a half. 300-350 vert. 5-8 lifts. None with a run longer than 0.3 mi.
There is Mt. Brighton which is only 20 min. from me but is soooo small n miserable I won't ride there. It boasts 2-3 40-50 year old or more antique chairlifts and several rope tows. Lousy fascilities. The Longest run there is only 0.2 mi. Although, if u r into park, which I'm not, Vail supposedly dumped a ton of money into that aspect of the resort. So the park rats may be cheering Mt. B this year.
Aside from those, its a 4-5 hour drive to get to a resort with only 500 ft of vert, and a couple of mile long runs. Could be worse tho. I could live where KansasNoob does! Lol! (...dude! 11 hours? That sucks!)