It's been a great season at Granite Peak. When I was there in late January, conditions were perfect and the skiing was great. It was cold, but you couldn't have asked for better snow conditions.

The Peak's annual Avalanche Days, announcing the ending of the season, begin Monday, March 24, and continue through Sunday, April 5, which is the last day of skiing and riding for the season. The Peak will be hosting a rail jam competition prior to the beginning of Avalanche Days Saturday, March 21.

The annual two-week spring festival normally offers some of the best skiing and riding of the season with longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures. There will be a daily petting zoo for the kids, fun and games each day, live music and entertainment, free group ski and snowboard lessons Monday through Friday each week, free child ski and snowboard rental with family combo ticket, and dining and lodging specials at area restaurants and motels and hotels.

Wausau, which spreads out around the base of Rib Mountain, is one of the Heartland's great ski towns. It offers a wealth of things to do beyond skiing and riding with great museums, cultural centers, and a great pedestrian downtown, plus a city-owned tubing hill that rivals any in the Midwest. Check out Granite Peaks Web Site for more information on Granite Peak and inks to area attractions, lodging, and restaurants.