Devil's Head, the Badger State's largest full-service winter resort, has some big plans for the New Year's Holiday period that include the whole family.
Plans call for a grand fireworks display at midnight - guaranteed to light up the ski hill - followed by a torchlight parade down the slopes. There will be live music, DJ's, tons of food, and a kid's night out party so the adults can have fun at their own party.
The three-night package is $478 per person, based on double occupancy. Kids can be added for $211 per child. The package includes three nights' lodging, three dinners in the resort's fine dining Cornucopia or the more family oriented Dante's, three breakfasts or lunches (your choice), a Strawberry Champagne Brunch on New Year's Day, four days of lift tickets, access to all festivities, and a bottle of champagne.
The Cornucopia is one of my favorite dining experiences in Heartland ski country. It's gourmet dining and offers a nice balance of choices between steak, fish, and poultry. Dante's is a good family restaurant that offers many fresh grilled entrees cooked under the cooper hood in the middle of the restaurant, and it serves an elaborate breakfast menu.
The Head is one of the best family ski and riding resorts in the Heartland. Its 28 runs are long, impeccably groomed, and boast a nice pitch and roll. There are four terrain parks, for snowboarders, including an easy starter park, and for those that like it steep Devil's Alley and Outer Limits, cut through cliffs, provide a good fall-line. Ten chairlifts and six surface tows keep skiers and riders moving up the hill with minimal wait time.
Beginners and lower-intermediate skiers have their own area on top of the ski hill in a gentle meadow. It takes two lifts to get to the top of the Meadows, but than it's 1.5 miles of easy skiing back to the bottom. Arguably, it's one of the best beginner runs in the Great Lakes Region, and certainly the longest.