By Paul Smirl
Special to TravelWisconsin.com
One of Wisconsin's finest qualities is its versatility. In the summer, it's a 78-degree wonderland perfect for outdoor sports, hiking and lazy days out on the boat. Fast-forward to winter and the state is still prime for action and relaxation -- it just takes place on a snow-covered trail, a frozen lake or in front of a fireplace. With ice skating, snowshoeing and snowmobiling the natural activities for adventure-seeking Wisconsin winter visitors, make sure you check out the state's excellent downhill skiing.
Here are a few Badger State ski options that will bring the fun without breaking the bank.
Cascade Mountain is a perfect family skiing destination. Peak elevation is 1,280 feet, they have two fantastic beginner trails and kids under 12 ski free when accompanied by an adult. A half hour from Wisconsin Dells, Cascade partners with area resorts on lodging packages. Check out their four-class beginner ski and snowboard courses and snow tubing options, and swing over to one of the Dells' singular hotels or indoor waterparks.
For those looking for an all-out ski resort getaway, look no further than Alpine Valley. Calling itself the “Ultimate Beginner Area in the Midwest,” Alpine rolled out a new ski trail for its 2016/2017 season to add to its more than 90 acres and 20 runs, the longest of which stretches 2,500 feet. If you’re looking for a Wisconsin ski vacation, check out Alpine Valley’s midweek/non-holiday packages and book yourself a stay.
Boasting “500 vertical feet of excitement,” Devil’s Head in Merrimac is a great home for group ski outings, offering excellent weekend group packages, and a special Chicagoland Express package geared for folks arriving late on Friday night. Rent some gear, take a group lesson and explore the luxurious lodging options and delectable dining available at Devil’s Head.
If you’re looking to grab a great deal on a 20-person-plus ski group, Nordic Mountain is an excellent spot. Nordic offers weekend and holiday deals where the first 20 people in your group get a free lift ticket. Add that to the Mountain’s Saturday night and educational field trip specials, and you’ve got a host of deals to ski through. Don’t forget to check out their lodging and dining partners!
Home to Wisconsin’s highest ski mountain, Granite Peak ski area at Rib Mountain State Park is no stranger to deals either. Skiers visiting on weekends can nab a three-for-two rate with a free stay on Sundays. Book 30 days in advance, and you can get additional savings. Stocked with 74 runs ranging all skill levels, Granite is peak winter fun in Wisconsin. Look into their Alpine Learning Center, choose from a slew of class options, and ski for a lifetime.
The skiing fun doesn't have to stop there. There are skiing and snowboarding options for all skill levels scattered around Wisconsin.