An easy 7 miles south of I-80, this hugely popular resort has great intermediate terrain as well as long black runs. Northstar’s relatively sheltered location makes it the second-best choice after Homewood when it’s snowing, and the eight terrain parks and pipes are top-ranked. Advanced and expert skiers can look for tree-skiing challenges on the back of the mountain.

Recent additions to Northstar’s ‘village’ are making it look a lot more like amenity-rich Squaw. Weekends get super-busy. Stats: 20 lifts, 2280 vertical feet, 100 runs.