Wisconsin: Some Of The Midwest's Best Sliding -

The Badger State stretches from Lake Michigan to Lake Superior, with streams and lakes nestled into rolling, forested hills that make outdoor recreation one of Wisconsin's biggest draws. Northerly climate with cold and snow, combined with natural beauty and some of the biggest vertical drops in the Midwest make the state's ski resorts popular across the region.

A skier jumps over a sign at Cascade Mountain, Wisconsin

Perched on a long ridge overlooking busy I-90/I-94, Cascade Mountain is considered the top day trip area in the Midwest. Chicago is three hours away, Milwaukee less than two, and Madison just a scant 30 minutes. Ten lifts, including a high-speed, detachable quad, move a lot of skiers and riders uphill quickly. Cascade is a pure ski hill. The 460-foot ski hill offers 34 trails, four terrain parks and two half pipes. Its bump runs are legendary. They’ll make you wish for a teenager’s knees or, if you are a teen, glad you have them. Mogul Monster, with Volkswagen-sized bumps, is open to experts only. The ski area used to have a tough reputation, but over the years, Cascade has added several new beginner and intermediate runs to help soften that image.

A snowboarder boardslides a jib in the terrain park at Devils Head Resort, Wisconsin

Devil's Head, in the beautiful Baraboo Bluffs region of central Wisconsin, boasts a 500-foot vertical drop, over 30 runs scattered across 250 acres, 16 lifts, five restaurants and more than 250 guest rooms. It’s a big resort by Midwest standards. Getting here is as it's located a little over half an hour from Milwaukee and Madison, and three hours from Chicago.

Granite Peak rises high above Wassau. Rib Mountain, the highest point in the Badger State, plays host to the Midwest’s newest and arguably largest ski area. Granite Peak sprawls across 400 acres of the north-facing mountain sporting a big 700-foot vertical drop and 74 trails serviced by seven lifts including a new high-speed quad. The lights of the ski trails shimmer high above the town at night; ribbons of light cascading down to the edge of the city, which sits at the base of the mountain. One of the best night skiing venues in the region, it’s a unique combination that you won’t find elsewhere around the Great Lakes.

Three snowboarders in a chair lift at Wilmot Mountain, Wisconsin

Wilmot has a 230-foot vertical drop with skiing/riding on 120 acres. There's a long run of 2,500 feet to keep you rolling. Literally hundreds of thousands of Chicagoland skiers have learned to ski here in the last 65 years. The resort really caters to night skiers. Just follow the stream of taillights heading north out of Chicago or Milwaukee with ski racks on a star-laden winter night, and most likely, they will lead you to Wilmot Mountain.

Other areas in Wisconsin include Alpine Valley , Christie Mountain, Christmas Mountain, Grand Geneva, Hidden Valley, Highlands of Olympia, Mount La Crosse, Nordic Mountain, Sunburst, Trollhaugen, Tyrol Basin, and Whitecap Mountain.

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