The west side of the state, around Bittersweet gets a ton of lake effect, lucky bastards. You'll be happy to know that Boyne benefits from the lake effect snow too.
Usually I head up north for the weekends and the small places like PK or Holly on weekdays but I'll have to check out Bittersweet, it's about 90 mins from me.
It usually takes me about an hour and 40 minutes to get to Bittersweet -about 10 minutes longer than you. If you get up early on a Saturday and just stay there all day, it's well worth it!
Those guys at Bittersweet are so awesome, the first time I went there ALL of the snow blowers were on while all the slopes were open! The snow piled up, I got soaked, it was easily the closest thing I've ever had to a mid-west pow day! Really fun.