Caberfae is 3.5 hours easily, Nub's is 4.5, Boyne Mountain is about 4. I don't care about going for the whole weekend but with 4hrs of driving each way it's nice to stay one night to relax. Otherwise makes for a LONG day driving up in the AM and home in the PM I've done it before but now with an 8mo old daughter at home I'm thinking I can't get away with that as often as I might've in the past.
I kind of see what you mean. I used to live in MI, but now live in IN so it takes about 3 hours to get to the best local ski hill in MI (Bittersweet).
I don't know about there, but here and South MI it's been raining and has warmed up a little.
So perhaps if you waited until next weekend you'd be likely to have better/more snow anyway?
I hope it works out for you, and I hope we all have a good winter this year.