Extreme Skiing: 4 Heart-Racing Runs in Wisconsin

By Emily Lorenz
Staff Writer

With some of the best snow skiing in the Midwest, why wouldn’t you look to Wisconsin for some extreme runs? The rush of hitting a headwall or taking sharp turns around trees is a feeling like no other.

Get ready to hit the slopes for some intense Wisconsin skiing.

Granite PeakWausau

Ski off the beaten path and experience tree skiing. Carving left and right as you fly past snow-covered evergreens is an amazing feeling for any adrenaline junkie.

Thunder Glades at Granite Peak is a narrow, tree-filled run located in the western section of the mountain. Test your carving skills and give this one a try!

Whitecap Mountains – Upson

Whitecap Mountain has three unique mountains with varying difficulties. Looking for great headwalls? Look no further than Eagles Nest Mountain, home to five double black diamond runs that include headwalls and tree skiing.

If it's quick turns and stomach-dropping speeds you want, try the steep terrain of the SL George, a narrow run surrounded by trees that opens to a headwall.

Cascade Mountain – Portage

Take skiing to a whole new level with a night excursion! Cascade Mountain offers four of their most difficult runs under the lights.

Racer’s Edge, a narrow run lined with high-reaching trees, is already a thrill in daylight. Night skiing is great for avoiding crowds while benefiting from twilight specials.

Devil’s Head – Merrimac

Located on the far side of the mountain, Devil’s Head has a great headwall.

Outer Limits is a hair-raising double black diamond run perfect for carving and speed. You can go again and again down this narrow, tree-lined run with a headwall, thanks to this section of the mountain having its own quad chair lift.


Ready for more skiing? Check out Wisconsin's most bucket-list-worthy runs!