Wisconsin Ski Trip: 6 Ideas for Off-the-Slopes Fun

By Denice Ryan Martin
Special to TravelWisconsin.com

Sure, when you’re skiing or snowboarding, it’s all about the slopes ... the verticals, the jumps, the rails, the bumps. But when the sun sets and you peel off the snow pants and kick off the boots, what’s there to do?

Plenty! We’ve paired some ski lodging with entertainment ideas, including dining, spas, casinos, night life, and a water park. Use it to plan your winter ski trip with the honey, the guys, the girlfriends, or family.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa  Lake Geneva

WELL Spa + Salon makes this ski resort great for a girlfriends’ weekend. Pamper yourself pretty with a wide range of treatments from facials and massages to mani-pedis. Dance the night away at the Evolve Nightclub and indulge in a scrumptious champagne brunch at Geneva ChopHouse.

Devil’s Head Resort & Convention Center – Merrimac

The ski in/ski out lodging at this full-service ski resort makes it easy for you to unwind in the resort’s hot tubs in minutes. Escargot, anyone? Gourmet dining is on-site at the Cornucopia Room. Wine tasting at the award-winning Wollersheim Winery & Distillery is a short drive away. If you’re feeling lucky, hit the Ho-Chunk Casino in nearby Baraboo.

Deer Valley Lodge – Barneveld

Trade in your schussing for splashing. Just under a 10 minute drive from Tyrol Basin Ski and Snowboard Area in Mount Horeb, this lodge boasts a 12,000-square-foot indoor water park with slides, hoops, fountains, kiddie pool and more. Rooms and themed suites include water park passes. A ping pong room provides hours of extra entertainment. Visit the lodge’s Rusty Nail Saloon for a satisfying supper.   

Christmas Mountain Village – Wisconsin Dells

This premier resort is a favorite with families, offering cabins, villas, cottages and townhomes nestled among towering pines. Fully-equipped kitchens, free wi-fi and other modern amenities let families settle in for a comfortable, fun-filled stay. After a day of snow play, soak in an outdoor hot tub or swim in the indoor pool. The club house offers more recreation like pool, air hockey and a video arcade. Big appetites call for the resort’s Saturday night prime rib at Mulligan’s Bar & Grill. Then stay for the karaoke and sing-alongs!

Rib Mountain Inn – Wausau

Located at the base of the Granite Peak Ski Area, this boutique inn promises the luxury of a B&B combined with the convenience of a hotel. And a wood-burning fireplace in every room! Lots of after-dark fun awaits in downtown Wausau. Stop at the Hot Waters Spa for a soak in its renowned “open to the sky” whirlpool.  For lively conversation and libations, visit Limerick’s Public House or one of the city’s three microbreweries: Bull Falls Brewery, Red Eye Brewing Company, and Great Dane Pub & Brewery Company

Whitecap Mountain Ski & Golf Resort - Upson

After conquering the three challenging mountains at this scenic, secluded Northwoods resort, chill out in the lodge’s over-sized hot tub and pool. Accommodations range from charming chalets to the Whitecap Lodge’s comfy suites and rooms. Explore the iron mining history and heritage of nearby Hurley. Chow down at the popular Iron Nugget Silver Street Brewery or Liberty Bell Chalet.  


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