Granite Peak is widely hailed as one of the best ski areas in the entire Midwest. Found in the north-central part of the state near the small city of Wausau, east of Eau Claire and northwest of Green Bay, this Wisconsin ski area offers a 700-foot mountain full of fantastic runs to suit all levels of skiers and snowboarders. There are 75 total runs to choose from at Granite Peak Wisconsin, and you might be interested to know that some of these runs are tree-filled glades. A pair of mogul runs also offer ideal terrain for the advanced crowd, and there are even some extra-steep chutes for when you're feeling brave. A number of terrain parks only add to the mix, and thanks in part to the resort's ample snow-making capabilities, it can all be enjoyed from November through April.
The Granite Peak Ski Area is arguably the closest thing to a ski area in the West that you will find in the Midwest. The long runs and the newer chairlifts are just some of the things that help to make Granite Peak such a joy to visit, and it only gets better when you consider the village that can be found at the base. The resort put a lot of work into its base village in the early 2000s, and it's not hard to tell. Among the things that you will find in the Granite Peak base village are a snow sports shop, a rental shop, a tuning center, a historic chalet with a lounge area, a restaurant, and a deli-style eatery. You can also visit the newer chalet, which is made of cedar and features fireplaces that are perfect for cozying up to when it's especially cold outside.
The Granite Peak Ski Area offers up almost 300 acres of terrain, and when you're not hitting the trails, you can see what the five different terrain parks are all about. Jibs and jumps galore fill the Granite Peak terrain parks, and the resort goes to great efforts to make sure that the conditions are as good as they can be. If you're not skilled enough to handle the terrain parks or the numerous trails at the Granite Peak Ski Area, you can always take some lessons. The Alpine Learning Center is staffed with experienced instructors who are full of skiing and snowboarding tips.
Granite Peak lodging packages that include lift tickets are in good supply, so you might start planning your own visit to one of the Midwest's best winter playgrounds. Some of the packages include more than lodging and lift tickets if you want to take things a bit further. One of the more extensive Granite Peak lodging packages, for example, also includes lessons and rental equipment. As for the accommodations, there aren't a lot of lodging options at the base, though there are plenty in the general area. The Wausau hotels include a host of chain brand establishments such as the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott of Wausau, and the Best Western Midway.
For those who want to stay at the base of Rib Mountain and the Granite Peak Ski Area, then the Rib Mountain Inn is the hotel of choice. This Granite Peak lodging is within walking distance of the lifts and offers a variety of accommodations to choose from. You can book a lodge-style room or a more complete condo or townhome. The majority of the guest units have full kitchens, and some even come equipped with private hot tubs and fireplaces. A free breakfast buffet only adds to the allure of the Rib Mountain Inn, as does the free Wi-Fi, and you don't have to visit exclusively in the winter to have a good time. Golfing at the Rib Mountain course and hiking in the Rib Mountain State Park are among the options for things to do when the snow melts.