Best in the midwest

by: A. cooper - Jan 23, 2009

  • Overall Rating 5
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 0
  • Nightlife 4

    Pros: steeps, terrain, veiws

    Cons: midwest conditions

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2009


Full review

Been skiing here for years along with every slope in upper Michigan and Minnesota. This place has more terrain for skiiers than anywhere this side of the rockies. Noted a bit of whinning about the icy conditions and wind and poor grooming. Get real people, this is the midwest. Ice is going to happen no matter where or when you go. Posting complaints about wind? Call God, maybe he can fix it! The only true high speed in the upper midwest spreads out the crowds quickly although there seems to be people that came here to ride the lift. We noticed at peak times, no lift line on the double chair(old lift 1?) and hordes of people standing in line 50 yards away to ride the high speed.The eastern area is mostly black diamond and rightfully so.We rarely stood in line ever and saw alot of novices walking out crying about it being too steep, gotta love it. West area is long but the lift takes 10 minutes to get back up. Nice if you need a break in the sun but will hamper getting in max runs. Really had fun with the locals in the bar/chalet. Live entertainment was a bonus and the guy had everybody singing along. Lift tix were $$$ but for the extra couple of bucks and not having to drive all the way to the U.P. gas and time savings make up for it. Not being a boarder I can't comment on the terrain parks but they looked like more than most could handle. Had some huge table tops and ramps. Lots of shredders smiling and full of snow! If you like more intermeditate/beginner (yawn) slopes try the Indianhead/Powderhorn areas just 2 hours north (depending on road conditions). Being in the Wausau area we were not paying tourist town $$for everything. The ski hill is just part of the scenery to these lucky people.

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