Living in Chicago, I thought the only place to learn how to Snow Board would be in Colorado. To my surprise I found VILLA OLIVIA only 40 minutes away! I went out there and signed up for a quick lesson (actually signed up for 5!) and got started within 30 minutes! Everyone was very helpful and friendly, I found my ""Mountain"" away from the Rockies and its in my backyard...
I rate this a 9 for a midwestern ski resort with Delicious Food! Lets face it, either drive 4 hours for something that is less than decent or drive 40 minutes to a great resort in the middle of everything. (Elgin riverboat is 10 minutes away)
Pros: Inexpensive, Learning Friendly, Delicious Food