3 of the Best Places To Go Downhill Skiing in Wisconsin

Rachel Seis
| January 25, 2024 | 1 Minute Read
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Granite Peak, Wausau

With over 200 acres and more than 60 runs, Granite Peak is the largest ski resort in the Midwest. The resort sits on Wausau’s Rib Mountain, making use of the natural topography to create breathtaking runs for all skill levels. With a total of seven lifts, it’s home to Wisconsin’s only six-pack high-speed chairlift, prioritizing guests’ time so they can tackle more runs. Skiers can tailor their trips to their own preferences, too, choosing from seven tree terrains, four mogul runs, and three terrain parks throughout the ski area. Plan for the property’s winter-themed festivals, including Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day—the resort goes all-out with party decorations, costumed skiers, special events, prizes, food and beverage specials, and more.

Cascade Mountain, Portage

This ski resort is home to 48 trails open to both skiers and snowboarders, with a breakdown of 37% beginner runs, 40% intermediate runs and 23% advanced runs. There are three terrain parks stocked with rails, jumps and jibs for all ski levels, including the beginner terrain park Cottontail and the J.J. Park for expert riders. A 900-foot tube park is perfect for kids or for those who’ve had their fill of the ski runs for the day. And when it’s break time, head to the resort’s Peak Cafe in the lodge to load up on burgers, fries, snacks, sandwiches, drinks and more. There’s also an on-site coffee shop in the chalet, outfitted with a cozy fireplace and serving Starbucks coffee to warm you up when you come in from the cold.

Nordic Mountain, Wild Rose

For novices, Nordic Mountain is the perfect spot to learn how to ski and hone your skills before hitting Wisconsin’s bigger slopes. It features short, well-groomed runs on 60 skiable acres. With the Terrain Based Learning method, dedicated instructors walk novices through the right equipment to rent and help with guided lessons to build fundamental skills. Skiers ready for the slopes can choose from one of the five blue runs, two green runs and three black diamond runs. Non-skiers will love the mountain’s tubing park, too.

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