Most Midwest riders spend early watching weather reports of powder dumps in the West while rain drowns away the early season at their local resort. The same can't be said for those who know about Brule.
Usually the region's first to open and last to close, Ski Brule's biggest attraction lies in its intense snowmaking system that some years lays down white strips of death on three or four runs by the end of October.
Brule sits on a knob of sorts as many midwest hills do. The trails fall down about three-quarters of it with a mess of lifts to get you back to the top.
Speed demons can find what they want on all four trails that cut down that front face of the 420 foot vertical rise. The more interesting trails though wind down the east and west sides of the hill.
North 40, Hot Cider, and Spillway are intermediate rollers. Showshoe and Sunrise can take you into a big, although somewhat unrefined terrain park. Be forewarned that if you take these trails early season, the lift back up is often closed. A short walk back to the main lift, or a tussle with a rope tow is often required.
For all its snowcover, Brule tends to carry with it a reputation for being extraodrinarily icy too. Rock hard courderoy is not unusual during the cold months.
It does have the distinction of offering multiple places to stay, including doznes of cabins near the hill, an unusual asset for most regional resorts. Tubing, cross country, snowshoeing, sleigh rides...it's all here too.
The lodge is large and offers plenty of food options on day trips. If you're not into resort food, Iron River is a short drive to the north, though the options are not extensive.