UP Slope Patrol

For your next ski getaway, head to the western Upper Peninsula, where you'll find a cluster of resorts and ski areas that cater to downhillers. Ski Brule, near Iron River, challenges die-hards with daunting slopes such as Big Bear and Whitewater. These expert runs plummet in full view of the main lodge, providing a great show. When you're ready for a break, cruise the North Forty trail to an 1891 log cabin heated by a potbellied stove. In the evenings, horse-drawn sleighs ferry visitors to the retreat for a meal of all-you-can-eat barbecue.

Resorts line up near Ironwood. Indianhead Mountain Resort lures families with a range of terrain, including a 638-foot vertical drop.

Nearby, Big Powderhorn Mountain combines affordable lift prices and plenty of comfy ski-in/ski-out lodgings that border the slopes. Your kids will love the expanded learn-to-ski programs and Powder Keg Park, with its challenging bumps and jumps.

Blackjack Ski ResortDaredevils flock to neighboring Blackjack Ski Resorts snowboard park. Its known as one of the best around, thanks to haystacks and other obstacles sculpted out of snow.

The slopes at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park loom at dizzying heights above Lake Superior on the UPs northwest shore. Flying down Superior View and other runs, you feel as if you might soar out over the giant lake.

Looking for a winter family getaway? Then you'll want to check out Michigan's Upper Peninsula, which in recent years, was designated as one of the Top Ten Winter Family Getaways by Gorp.com. Topping the list of places you'll want to explore are Ottawa National Forest , Porcupine Mountains State Park and Copper Country State Forest. Activities like skiing and snowshoeing across tranquil treks make this a majestic place in winter. You'll see magnificent ice sculptures and native wildlife.