Granite Peak started hosting skiers in the 1930s, and it entered the 21st century with just 14 runs, no terrain park, and no tree skiing.

Look where it is now.

With 74 runs and five terrain parks, this northeast Wisconsin ski area, located in Wausau’s Rib Mountain State Park, claims the most uphill capacity of all ski areas in Illinois, the rest of Wisconsin and all of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula combined. It’s celebrating the kick-off of daily operations this week with some spectacular deals for the holidays and beyond.

Granite is the state’s tallest at 700 feet of vertical, and the largest with 265 acres of skiable terrain, 65 of it for tree freaks, with runs evenly divided for all levels. It’s got room to spread out and enjoy for everyone from collegiates to families. Its 1939 base lodge is modern while still retaining its historic charm following a 12-year total renovation that includes a new kitchen and tavern.

Now, the deals: For student riders, show your I.D. and get two-for-one lift tickets from Dec. 15-23. During the same period, adults ski under the “Gift of Christmas Past” package for $79, a 25-percent saving, while children ride at $41, almost half-off regular rates. Order your tickets online and save, too: A regular two-day pass costing $116 is only $106.

And, a special “3 for 2” lodging deal is only available online as well from now until April. Stay and ski Friday and Saturday and get Sunday lift and lodging free, or stay and ski on a weekday and get one day’s lift and lodging free. Some holidays are blacked out for this deal. Other offers include its January through March Family Festival Weekends. Check its website for details on that and other packages.

Ride the resort’s newest addition, a high-speed quad lift serving all runs on the peak’s west side. It’s the resort’s eighth new lift in nine years. Granite also created a new progressive terrain park.