Taking the old adage, “families that play together, stay together,” Granite Peak, Wisconsin’s largest ski area, is gearing up for its first Family Festival of the season Jan. 6-8.

The package, from $489, includes two nights lodging in the Wausau area and two days worth of lift tickets for a family of four (one free child per paid adult); two day ski and snowboard rental for the entire family; sleigh rides, and a Saturday night bonfire and fireworks display.

There’s something for all family members. New beginner terrain and a conveyor lift were added this past summer, which more than doubled the beginner terrain.  An easier mogul field and rollers were added as a progression park, and an Enchanted Forest Trail with animal figures was added for little skiers and riders.

Transworld Snowboarding has recognized Granite Peak for some of the Midwest’s Best Terrain Parks.

The magazine said, “The resort brings five parks to the table, with more than fifteen jumps (featuring a fun-as-hell quintuple line), 35-plus jibs (including identical length box-to-rail progression sets), and a park staff who ride with the guests on the daily. The locals are friendly, loyal, and always open to sharing their parks. After all, there’s nothing quite like a bit of that good ol’ Midwest hospitality.”

Granite Peak, with the Badger State's only high-speed, six-seat lift, offers nearly 80 trails with a 700-foot vertical drop. The base facilities include the historic Tenth Mountain Chalet, which is augmented by the 10,000-square-foot Sundance Chalet and a new outside patio area that features textured color-concrete, overhead heaters, an outdoor grill and seating for 400.