Tyrol Basin is a ski area that can be found in south-central Wisconsin near the capital city of Madison. It's not only about skiing at this small ski area, however. The Tyrol Basin Ski Area also has a rich snowboarding history. The original Tyrol Basin terrain park was among the first in the world, and it helped to attract snowboarding enthusiasts when the sport was in its infancy. Today, a collection of Tyrol Basin terrain parks attract both skiers and snowboarders, as do the variety of trails that offer something for every level.
The Tyrol Basin Ski Area isn't the largest Wisconsin ski area, but that doesn't mean that it lacks variety. One of the sixteen trails is a double black diamond, and there are also a few black diamond runs that cater to advanced skiers and snowboarders. A few beginner's runs and a collection of intermediate blue runs also funnel down to the base area, with the majority of the beginner's runs being found on the left side near the bottom. The relatively short vertical drop of 300 feet means that most runs don't last very long, though three triple chairlifts are in place to get skiers and snowboarders back up the hill in short order. Three surface tow lifts are also in place to serve the easiest of the beginner's runs.
For those who enjoy freestyle skiing or snowboarding, the Tyrol Basin terrain park collection can easily satisfy a few hours or more. There are three terrain parks to choose from at the Tyrol Basin Ski Area, and they include a smaller one where beginner riders can work on tricks. For more advanced skiers, you can ride a steep rail, shoot up the side of a wall, hit any number of jumps, or dip into the black diamond half pipe.
When you're not hanging out at a Tyrol Basin terrain park or exploring the collection of trails, you might try your hand at racing. The resort hosts NASTAR races on most weekends during the winter season. In addition to racing other Tyrol Basin visitors at the NASTAR area, you can also see how your scores compare to national champions. A handicap system is used on most occasions to even things out, as racers of all ages and capabilities are known to take part.
As is true at most ski resorts these days, Tyrol Basin offers both skiing lessons and snowboarding lessons for those who need some help honing their skills. It also features a rental shop where you can either rent equipment or get your own stuff tuned. A lodge with food service and a gift shop round things out. Also worth mentioning are the Tyrol Basin events. In addition to the NASTAR races, these events include snowboarding competitions that are organized by the United States of America Snowboard Association. If you're just coming to ski or snowboard on a normal day, you can stick around for some night skiing if you please. During the regular season, Tyrol Basin is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Should you be staying at one of the hotels near the Tyrol Basin Ski Area, you might be interested to know that some other good ski areas are in the same general region. About 30 miles north in the Baraboo area is where you will find Devils Head, and just a few miles north of Devils Head is Cascade Mountain. If you want to take some time out and explore a city, nearby Madison offers more than enough to keep its visitors busy.