So guys and gals I'm looking for a mountain in the midwest that is 4-5 hrs from chicago. I'm looking for the place with the longest runs, I don't mess around in the terrain park, so that won't matter much to me. I know that granite peak and crystal mountain are 4-5 hours away. Does anyone know which one is better in terms of length of the runs. Or is there some other place that is better than both of those?
I can't speak for Crystal, but I do work at Granite.
We have 700' of vertical and our longest run is over a mile long.
Difficulty of runs is pretty much evenly distributed.
6 pack high speed lift in center of hill. 4 man quad high speed in West. 1 old 2 seater in the East, 1 3 seater near that, and 2 other lifts that run during the holiday season. 2 magic carpets.
75 runs when we are 100% open. Right now I'd guess we are at 90%.
Over 300 acres of tree skiing.
Runs are lit everywhere except for the far West.
Normal business hours are either 9-9 or 10-9. Sunday we close at 4 except for holiday weekends when we stay open until 9pm on Sunday.
If you come, get here early, ride Comet up and take the top chute over to the West. Dasher quad high speed there and the best area of riding during the day. When the west closes at 4, take Blitzen lift to the top and head over to the far East and use the Cupid lift all night. These routes keep you out of the parks, give you plenty of good blue/black runs, and little to no wait for the lift. Nice glades in both areas.
Comet lift gets congested. That services the bulk of our hill and our 2 biggest terrain parks.
No carry-in food or alcohol into the hill, but feel free to tailgate in the huge parking lot. Chalet prices are insane, bring your own stuff!
Feel free to PM me if you have any further questions.