Lived in Alexandria and boarded Andes Tower Hills last year. While it's nothing impressive, size wise, it does get the job done. I had the luxury of going during the day, during the week. I was usually one of maybe 20 people. The snow last season was epic so I actually had 4-5 days of fresh tracks for a few hours.
I live in the middle of South Dakota now. I'd MUCH rather be back there. I'm 4 hours from Terry Peak (which is noticeably bigger) but now I have to plan for a full day and potentially overnight when I want to go.
Heading back up that way for Thanksgiving. Stoked to ride on the Saturday after.
Also: I'm going to Snowball and Lutsen is the bomb. I love Mystery mountain. Sugar Maple run is the bomb.
If you want to be a chick, a dude, a tent, or a velociraptor be my guest, but if you choose the last one you bet your ass I will have a spaz-12 to your face.