Granite Peak will be hosting its third Family Festival the weekend of March 13-15. The event has proven so popular the Peak decided to host three this winter, and this will be the last of the season. The package includes two nights' lodging in the Wausau, Wisconsin, 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.

Typical cost for a family of four for the weekend with all the inclusions is around $450, which can vary with choice of lodging packages. Granite Peak does not have lodging, but works with a variety of motels, hotels, and quaint B&Bs that package with the ski area. You can check their Web site for complete details on Family Festival Packages.

Wausau is a neat Midwest ski town. Scattered around the base of the mountain it offers, in addition to great lodging choices, an excellent variety of restaurants for all price levels; a vibrant, active downtown with lots of cultural events and international entertainment; and museums dedicated to the arts and preserving the history of the city and area. It kind of reminds me of the Heartland's 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.