[R8R, Alpine Valley], the popular day-trip area in southeastern Wisconsin, is offering a couple of affordable, all-inclusive lift and lodging packages this winter.

From $125, per person, based on double occupancy, you get a midweek night's lodging, unlimited skiing and riding the next day, dinner the night of arrival and breakfast the next morning. The weekend package from $275 per person requires a two-night stay and includes two dinners and two breakfasts.

Daily full-day lift tickets for day-trippers will be $42 midweek and $52 weekends this season.  The area remains open until 10 p.m. midweek and 11 p.m. weekends.

Alpine Valley can handle pretty large crowds, which it tends to get weekends, with nearly a 400-foot vertical drop, 18 tree-lined runs, three terrain parks, and eight lifts, including two high-speed quads and three conveyor carpet lifts.  The high-speed quads conveniently located by the lodge and staging area quickly get skiers and riders up into the hill where they fan off along the ridgeline to other runs and the other six chairlifts.

Lodge Express and Big Thunder, two of the runs serviced by the quads, were once the site of a World Pro ski race back in the 1980s when Jean Claude Killy was on the circuit. Legend has it he once raced here.

You can relax and enjoy dinner at the Alpine Dining Room or a cocktail at the Valley View Lounge after a day on the slopes.  There's live entertainment in the lounge on weekends.

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