For skiers and snowboarders getting first tracks on a hill is likened to flying over a cloud – frictionless. The crunch of the snow beneath your boots, the awkward walk clumsily trying to walk down steps in your ski-boots, and the chairlift shenanigans with you and your loved ones are un-compared.
Those who stick with it have fond memories of their first wipeout, and their first triumphant run of making it all the way down the hill without falling. Thankfully, Wisconsin skiing is perfect for beginners, experts and everyone in-between.
Even though this year has been warmer, and the snow has not fallen as deep, there are still hills open and ready for anyone to come shred. As COVID is a concern many hills are taking extra precautions to ensure those who come are safe. Some are providing masks for their indoor dining, and some have capacity limits. Luckily for us, skiing is a sport where wearing a mask is not only part of the culture but helps protect from the cold winds.
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Alpine Valley is completely open with every run available. They offer lessons for individuals and groups ages 3 and above. Rentals are also available if you don’t have your own equipment. They charge $35 for rentals for ages six and over and $18 for six and under. Lift tickets are $79 for a full day pass. Face coverings are required while in the chalet, along with in the lift lines and on the chair lift.
Wilmot has 20 of their 25 trails open to the public, 80% of the terrain park is open and eight of 11 lifts are open. As conditions change this will change. They offer lessons for ages three and above. Skis, boots and poles or a snowboard and boots are $37 to rent. An adult day ticket is $69 on the weekend and $55 on a weekday. A child day pass is $64 on the weekend and $50 on a weekday.
All-day tickets are available for $72 for adults, $60 for minors and kids under 12 get a free lift ticket with a paid adult. Most of their runs are open and all the terrain park is open. They have eight of their 11 lifts open. Lessons for one to five people are $120. They offer pre-purchase discounts to avoid lines and have occupancy limits on their buildings and chairlifts.
4. Tyrol Basin
Tyrol Basin has 13 of their 18 runs open, three of their five terrain parks open, and four of their five lifts open. An adult all-day pass is $50 and a child all-day pass is $40 with children ages five and under free. Full ski equipment or snowboard equipment rentals are $35. Group ski lessons are $29 for adults and $89 for a private lesson. Group ski lessons for children are $49 and $89 for a private lesson. They have a 25% capacity limit for their indoor amenities and ask for masks to be worn.
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa has a hot tub to chairlift feel and is perfect for a romantic weekend in the snow. An all-day lift ticket is $55, and all purchases must be made online before arrival. All 20 of their runs are open and all six of their lifts are bringing adventurers to the top of the hill. They also have ice skating, sledding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and fat tire bike trails. There is limited access to the chalet in response to COVID, and face coverings are required.
For the die hard weekend ski-warriors or anyone who wants to take a vacation up north, there are options that can fill your needs.
6. Granite Peak
Granite Peak has 50 trails open, seven lifts open, and three terrain parks open. They have masks available, ask that social distancing be adhered to and groups that come together stay together. All-day lift tickets are $69 for adults and $55 for youth. Group lessons are $70 for those 10 and older when you reserve your time online or $80 when you book in-person. Private lessons are $90 per person when you book online and $100 when you book in-person.
All but two trails are currently open. Group lessons from ages eight and up are $10 to $15 and from ages three to seven are $30. A private lesson for all ages is $20 to $30 dollars. Lift tickets on Friday and Saturday for an all-day pass is $42 for adults and $37 for youth. Lift all-day lift tickets are $38 for adults and $33 for youth. Rentals are $25 for skis or snowboards.
Whitecap gets an average of 200 inches per year in snow, so conditions always look good. An all-day pass for adults is $65 and for youth it is $45. Children six and under ski free. A one-day ski package rental is $45 for adults and $30 for youth. Group lessons for two to five people are $90-$180 and private lessons are $50 for ages four to seven ad $90 for all ages.