Glad as we all may be that this Chicago winter has been less than snowpocalyptic, winter sports fans can still indulge in some powdery recreation with a quick trip outside the city. In less than a day's drive--in many cases, only a few hours--Chicagoans can spend a weekend at a wide array of ski slopes, resorts and really big hills (hey, it's still the Midwest).
We rounded up some of the top nearby skiing and snowboarding destinations, along with a couple of tips to help optimize your stay. Just make it back to the office on Monday.
Did we miss your favorite spot? Tell us about it in the comments.