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. 7-9.

The Family Festival 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, a brat cookout with a bonfire, and a Saturday night fireworks display.

Snowboarders should check out the November issue of Transworld Snowboarding. They recognized Granite Peak for the Midwest's Best Terrain Parks.

The magazine wrote, "The resort brings six 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 has  added several new lifts, including the Badger State's only high-speed, six-seater, expanded to nearly 80 trails and with a 700-foot vertical drop, arguably now offers some of the best skiing and riding found mid-continent.  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.

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