Granite Peak hosts its third Family Festival the weekend of March 12-14. The event has proven so popular the Peak hosts three each winter, and this is the last for this season.
The package 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; free Saturday night skiing; sleigh rides; a brat cookout with a bonfire; and a Saturday night fireworks display over the mountain. Typical cost for a family of four for the weekend with all the inclusions is around $465, which can vary with choice of lodging packages. Granite Peak does not have its own lodging, but works with a variety of motels, hotels, and quaint B&Bs that package with the ski area.
Wausau is a neat Midwest ski town. Scattered around the base of the mountain it offers, in addition to a variety of lodging choices, an excellent variety of restaurants for all price levels, a vibrant, active downtown with lots of cultural events, international entertainment and museums. It kind of reminds me of a Heartland version of Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Range. You have great skiing nearby, combined with the fascinating culture and history of the city. It makes a nice combination for a multi-day ski vacation.