Granite Peak Ski Area Review

by: board7 - Nov 1, 2006

  • Overall Rating 2
  • Family Friendly 3
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 2
  • Terrain Park 2
  • Nightlife 3

    Date Visited: Nov 1, 2006


Full review

700 feet of vertical is nothing to sneeze at in the altitude-challenged landscape of Wisconsin. Finding a rise big enough to accomodate 70-plus trails isn't either. A skier or rider has to look a bit beyond the numbers, however, to get a true picture of what you'll find at Granite Peak.

Though the numbers work great for resort profiles and print ads, cutting the numbers in half will give you a more realistic picture of what your $52 will get you. By the way, consider that Brighton, UT, only costs you $47.

The terrain of the old Rib Mountain is a bit tricky. It rises slowly from the base on the edge of Wausau, and then quickly jumps to a peak. What this results in for a ski area is trails that are at times extraordinarily steep for three turns, followed by a slow, flat run-out for the last three-quarters of the run back to the lift.

This terrain also results in Granite naming and numbering its trails in a somewhat questionable way. For instance: After taking the Donner triple chair to the top, you could take one run back down. To do that though you would pass through the blue/black Legends, which becomes Gemstone when the trail mellows out, which for no apparent reason then becomes Timber Pass, and finally finishes as Sunset. One endless run, four trails.

Being a big resort though comes with advantages like high speed lifts, a couple wide open though not necessarily large terrain parks, and even some glades. Midwest hills still have a hard time accepting skiing through trees. The lack of suitable snow cover may have something to do with it. Here though, if the snow is there, the option is there. On that note, snowmaking is extensive, as it it with most resorts in the state. Bog also does come with some disadvantages. The price we've mentioned. The crowds bear some attention as well.

Granite Peak is not a bad resort by any means. When you're a skiier or snowboarder living in a Midwesterner's body, absolutely no small vertical rise with snow on it can be considered a bad thing. Unless you're dead set on testing it out, however, you may be just as happy with another trip north to the UP.


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