I jskiied at Granite Peak for the first time in two years and found it better than ever. Went with a friend, who had never been here and was very impressed. By MIdwestern standards, it's a big mountain, both in vertical drop and in the number of runs. It has two high-speed lifts. It also has several terrain parks, which have the benefit of keeping skiiers and boarders mostly in separate areas (except on the lifts). Even on a very busy day, the lift waits are never more than a few minutes. The grooming is better than average (though not up to the Nubs Nob standard) -- Saturday I encountered no ice and Sunday only a few patches later in the day, after the groomers had been chewed up. The lift tickets are pricey by Midwestern standards, but I think it's worth the fare. For years Granite Peak been my first option whenever I have a couple of days to ski, and that's not about to change.