Ten years of upgrades serve Granite Peak well

The past decade has been a good one for Granite Peak in Wausau. The largest ski hill in Wisconsin is more modern than ever with $25 million in upgrades over the last ten years, and last month the snow making process for this winter began.

Right now eighty percent of Granite Peak’s terrain is now serviced by high-speed chairlifts, and the ultimate goal is to be 100 percent accessible.

“We’ve worked hard to provide something for every type of skier, the fastest access to the runs and the perfect winter getaway,” stated General Manager Vicki Baumann. The upgrades are a commitment to provide the Midwest with the best skiing option around. There are wide-open runs for the beginners, and winding hills, moguls, and steep expert chutes for the more experienced. “You can explore for days and still discover new runs.”

“We’re also an easy drive from anywhere in Wisconsin and other nearby states,” says Baumann. “The luxury of a drive-to vacation is very attractive for busy families and couples who don’t have time for airport expenses and delays. Pack what you want and leave when you can.”

There are package deals offered throughout the year, including “Family Festival” weekends along with other specials. There is lodging, dining, shopping, and entertainment to choose from at the base village when you aren’t hitting the slopes.

As for the future, Baumann is planning a third high-speed chair lift, a new ski chalet and slope-side lodging. For more information visit

Features of the resort include:

• 325 acres of terrain spread across 405 acres of Rib Mountain State Park
• 75 runs over the face of a 700 foot mountain
• Six chairlifts including two high-speed lifts
• State of the art snow making guns covering 100 percent of trails
• Several acres of tree skiing glades
• Five award-winning terrain parks with rails, jumps and other features
• New Alpine Learning Center offering lessons and fun programs for children
• Sundance Chalet with patio fire bar/ Renovated Historic Stone Chalet
• Two on-mountain restaurants, two outdoor grills, and several outdoor fire pits

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