Granite Peak Ski Getaways

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Located in the natural ski-town of Wausau, centrally located in Wisconsin, accessible and economical from all over the Midwest, Granite Peak Ski area has become "King of the Mountain" in a few short years. As part of the legendary Rib Mountain wilderness area, Granite Peak boasts 275 skiable acres -- much of which is covered with gorgeous stands of sugar maple, red oak and pines, and some of the oldest outcropping and rock formations in the world. The ancient 700-foot mountain provides Granite Peak with the biggest vertical drop in both Wisconsin and the western Upper Peninsula. All the main facilities are located in close proximity to each other at the base of the mountain. Completely new buildings, and renovation of the Historic Chalet has maintained the elegance of existing structures, while new buildings have been added to complement and blend in with the rich history of the ski area.

Granite Peak's 73 runs are almost equally divided to provide something for each ability - easy, more difficult, and most difficult levels. There are steep chutes at the top of the hill that evolve into tree-lined runs much like the western U.S. Families love the more than 30 easy and intermediate trails which meander through stands of sugar maples and red oaks on Granite Peak's 275 acres. Indeed, the scenic beauty of the mountain and its rolling wilderness areas, trees, and unique geologic formations, create the desire for visitors to come back again and again.

New for the 2005-2006 season is a new expert terrain park on the steep, upper part of the mountain, which more than doubles the free ride area. Granite Peak has also just opened The Enchanted Forest, a special tree skiing run just for children, which is a "little hiding place" amid a thick canopy of evergreens. Some of the run names at Granite Peak give a clue to their ability level. A few examples include easier runs such as Fawn Crossing and Little Bear, Coyote Gulch and Hawk's Ridge are more difficult, while Carmie's Couloir and Charlotte's Chute make the most difficult list. Another unique set of names are Granite Peak's lifts, which are a study in Santa and his reindeer. For instance, Comet is Granite Peak's new high-speed detachable six-person chairlift; Cupid is a double serving the primarily advanced terrain in the east; Rudolph is a handle tow designed for learning skiers and snowboards -- and so on. Granite Peak's new season will be sparked, not only by new infrastructure upgrades, but also with the offerings that skiers, snowboarders, families, kids, singles, and visitors will see have been taken to an incredible level.