Whitecap Mountain, located in northern Wisconsin's snowbelt within sight of Lake Superior, has some of the most Western-like terrain found around the Great Lakes. There are cliffs, chutes, and boulders. The terrain spreads across three peaks and most of it - unlike the majority of Midwest ski areas - can't be seen from the base lodge.
The resort offers a variety of lift and lodging packages starting from $59 per person midweek, based on quad occupancy, for an overnight stay, lift ticket, and breakfast. Other midweek packages include dinners, ski rentals, and lessons.
Weekend lift and lodging packages start from $149 per person, based on quad occupancy for two nights. All weekend packages include breakfasts, dinners, and group ski/ride lessons. Family packages, good Sunday through Thursday nights, start from $258 for two nights. The family package is good for two adults and two children (11 and under) and include breakfast and half-off rental equipment.
Whitecap is located near the infamous town of Hurley, a popular getaway spot for Chicago gangsters during the Prohibition Era. Allegedly Al Capone, John Dillinger, and Baby Face Nelson were frequent visitors. Today, it's a great ski town with lots of entertaining bars and restaurants that offer an eclectic après ski scene.
Whitecap, Thunderhead, and Eagle Nest Mountains, all part of the Penokee Mountain Range that stretches into Michigan's Upper Peninsula, frame the ski area.
Whitecap serves as an entrance into the area with one chairlift and eight easier runs. Another 35 trails and five more chairlifts - three doubles, one triple and one quad - are found on Thunderhead and Eagle Nest Mountains.
Thunderhead has two distinct sides. The north face is a collection of expert and intermediate runs that tumble down to Weber Lake. The south face contains huge expanses of beginner terrain in an expansive bowl. A stop at the Wine Hut nestled along Weber Lake is a must. An 1880 logger's cabin, it makes a great place to relax and enjoy a spiced wine by a cozy fire.
Eagle Nest is for those that like a little challenge. Four rock-strewn, boulder-laden, double-black trails offer a stiff challenge. The Dragon and Southern Cross are narrow chutes that require jump turns to negotiate; shades of Stowe and Nose Dive.
The base area is designed to resemble a Swiss village complete with its own clock tower. The day lodge, an eclectic design with lots of nooks and crannies, features a quaint wine shop and a wonderful, old-fashioned bakery with lots of tasty pastries and hearty breads.
It's a great family area, and you can't beat the variety of terrain that you will find here.