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Old 10-21-2013, 12:57 PM   #11 (permalink)
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From Toledo, it looks like Nubs Nob/Boyne Highlands (MI), Holiday Valley (NY), and Seven Springs (PA) are all in the 4:30 - 5:00 hour range.
These would be my suggestions, too. There's a veritable shitload of ski hills in Michigan, but most of them are hills of convenience for those who live nearby. I would not, for example, recommend making a weekend trip to Pine Knob or Cannonsburg (unless you really want to ride their park).

Nub's and Boyne Highlands are basically across the street from one another, and while there is no on-site lodging at Nub's there are plenty of privately owned vacation rentals/cottages/cabins in the area, and I think it's not too far from Petoskey which should at least have some hotel options that would be affordable.

Boyne Mountain is about 45 mins closer, but equally boondocks; Gaylord the nearest town with bars & restaurants, about 20 minutes from Boyne Mountain but you can always get a hotel room there that's pretty decent for under $100/night.

I've never been to Seven Springs or HV, both are on my short list since they're a reasonable drive from Metro-Detroit (not too much farther for me than Nub's/Highlands), but I've just never made the commitment to get out there yet.

Also Snowshoe, WV but that might be out of driving range google maps puts it at just about 7 hours from you. I've never been there but I have done some research on it before, it's smack dab in the middle of bumfuck Egypt, I think lodging options are really sparse except the resort properties, which are predictably expensive. IIRC the nearest hotel was about an hour away. It's really in the middle of nowhere. But it also has 1200ft vert or something like that.
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