King Pine Ski Getaways

ski getaways

The modest but pretty area of King Pine is simply one aspect of the winter experience at Purity Spring Resort. Named for its past as a source of bottled water, this year 'round resort in Madison offers a full slate of winter fun. Recent improvements to the ski area include the Black Bear triple chair lift and Pine Brule, the newest trail addition and the only trail the resort classifies as a double black diamond.

Start with the 17 alpine trails at the ski area. Nearly all the trails have the word "pine" in their name, a distinctive touch that will help you remember where you are. But while it might be easy to associate Pokey Pine with a beginner trail and Pitch Pine with an advanced trail, it's best to pay attention to the trail signs. Although there's no especially difficult terrain at King Pine, brand-new skiers and riders might have trouble on several of the black diamond trails. Freestyle skiers and riders should check out the Twisted Pine terrain park and the halfpipe. And if you want to have some downhill fun without your skis or board the tubing park is open Friday night through Sunday and during vacation weeks.

The terrain is sufficiently spread out to require three triples and a beginner tow to access it and two base lodges - North and Main - to accommodate visitors. North Lodge is open weekends and vacation periods.

Off-slope Fun
It's possible to sample every trail at King Pine and still have time and energy to get out on the 15 km of cross-country ski trails, which roll through beautiful woods. The trails are tracked and packed for both classic and skate-skiing. If you prefer snowshoes over skis, there are several miles of snowshoe trails, which vary in difficulty. Both skis and snowshoes may be rented.