Recent winters have not been great for Midwest ski areas. Warm temperatures and low snowfall totals have taken their toll. Last winter we saw two areas close, one each in Michigan and Ohio. The latest to close are 50-year-old Little Switzerland, located near Milwaukee, and Fun Valley, located between Des Moines and Iowa City. Both family-run areas have been around for awhile and will be missed. Homespun ski areas long have been a way of life in the Heartland and brought skiing close to millions of snowsports enthusiasts. But that may be changing as operating and insurance costs keep increasing, especially snowmaking costs. There are still 113 ski areas and resorts scattered across the 12 states that make up the Heartland, but that number is dwindling.