If you're looking forward to the weather officially changing from fall to winter, you're definitely someone who skis.

That can be the only explanation, right?

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Sure, there are people that believe Christmas is so much more "magical" when snow is falling, but really though, the only time someone wants plenty of snow is if they're going skiing.

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Luckily for us in Illinois, we get plenty of the white stuff, but the more the merrier if you plan on doing a bit of skiing or snowboarding.

Even better, there's a ski resort not far from Illinois that was just recognized as one of the best in America.

U.S. News & World Report:

With 68 trails in addition to four terrain parks and two learning areas, Granite Peak is one of the best ski resorts Wisconsin has to offer.

Although it's been around since 1937, this resort is chock-full of modern amenities, including high-speed chairlifts that can fit up to six people.

If you're on a snowy couples retreat, opt to stay at the romantic Jefferson Street Inn downtown; if you're visiting with young children, book a room at the Grand Lodge Hotel and Waterpark to enjoy a warm indoor water park after a day in the cold.

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Granite Peak Ski Resort is about three hours from Rockford.

Check out Granite Peak's website for more info.

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