If you never have been to Granite Peak Ski Area or been a member for years, a guide to the ski hill can help enhance your next visit. Below is an interview with Lisa Zilinsky, Director of Marketing of Granite Peak Ski Area, who shares some tips and insight on the ski hill.
Please provide a brief description your ski hill/resort?
Granite Peak is a mountain, a place where you can ski for 3-4 days and not get bored in 3-4 hours. And because we’re a mountain, you’ll spend less time riding the lifts and more time skiing the mountain with our high speed 6-passenger and 2 high speed quad chairs, not to mention 2 other chairs and 2 conveyor lifts. And it’s not just skiing more in the daylight, Granite Peak features nighttime skiing; give it a try, nothing beats skiing in the moonlight.
What is unique about your property or what separates your ski hill from others in the area?
We are the tallest in Wisconsin. We pride ourselves on being a family oriented resort and that’s what makes us #1. We have the most terrain accessed by high speed lifts in Wisconsin. The most runs and the best terrain for every ability level. We are tied to Rib Mountain State Park that means we have great access all throughout summer for running, hiking and more all season long!
Any tips for first time visitors?
It pays to plan ahead! Make sure to book farther in advance for the discounted tickets we offer. With our all new RFID cards, you have access to reload your tickets online without ever having to come to the ticket window again. Allows for smoother access through the lift lines and no more trying to scramble to pull out your ticket. Scan through the gate and you’re in!
How many ski runs do you offer? What percentage of them are beginner, intermediate and advance? What is your favorite run and why?
We have 68 Runs total. 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate and 30% Advanced.
My favorite run is Miracle because it’s an intermediate and have some curves on it to make it fun!
Do you sell season passes or annual memberships? What are the benefits of joining?
We certainly sell season passes! Season Pass PERKS…
20% off all food and beverage items in the Historic & Sundance Chalets (Carry in food or beverages are not allowed inside the chalets or on the outside patios)
20% off all tuning services and any purchase made in the Granite Ski & Sport Shop (Excludes sale items)
Bring a Guest on Sunday nights (5-9pm) and your guest gets a $16 lift and $12 price rental equipment. (NOT VALID December 21st – January 5th. | Limit to two.)
Season Pass holders each receive 50% OFF ALL LIFT TICKETS to Lutsen Mountains (no blackout dates) during 2019-2020 season. Order Lutsen Lift Tickets and Lodging at www.lutsen.com/granitepeak
Plus -Save 15% Weekends and Holidays, 35% Midweek on SKI-IN/SKI-OUT LODGING at Eagle Ridge Resort at Lutsen Mountains.
BOYNE RESORTS! Granite Peak Season Passholders receive 25% off lift tickets at Boyne Resorts’ nine mountain resorts/day ski areas across North American, at any time when purchased at a resort ticket window.
Present your Granite Peak Season Pass and save 25% on the current window rate for lift tickets at Boyne Highlands Resort and Boyne Mountain Resort in Michigan, Big Sky Resort in Montana, Brighton Resort in Utah, The Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington, Cypress Mountain in British Columbia, Loon Mountain Resort in New Hampshire and Sunday River Resort and Sugarloaf in Maine. Discount applied to one ticket per pass and may not be combined with any other specials or offers.
Do you offer a terrain park for snowboarders and skiers? What are key features?
We have 3-4 terrain parks during the regular ski season. They have jumps, jigs, rails, boxes and more! Over 5-15 features per park.
What are your dining or food options? What is your favorite snack or dish?
We have a wide variety of food options to choose from. In our Historic Chalet is the original chalet from 1939 when the ski hill first started to form. Our Sundance chalet is our big chalet to the right of the historic chalet. It offers a much wider area that can hold large weddings and large concert series events. We offer everything from Wraps, Burgers, Salads, Soups, Pizzas, Chicken Tenders, Stir Frys, Mac n Cheese and more!
Do you offer lodging on property or have lodging recommendations for traveling skiers? Please share accommodation options.
We do not have lodging on site quite yet. We partner with all the premier lodging properties in the area. Everyone is within 1-15 minutes of our location.
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Memorable Family Vacations Start Here
A great ski town makes family vacations more memorable with après-ski activities and attractions that appeal to all ages. Fun and relaxation is never far away with Granite Peak located near I-39, which is lined with ideal lodging, dining, shopping and entertainment options. As an All-American City, Wausau offers theater performances, movies, top-notch restaurants, museums, a historical shopping district, and nightlife that add ample excitement to your winter getaways.
Granite Peak Ski Area is located directly in a Ski Town, making your experience with us, one to truly remember!
What makes us different…
- BIGGEST/ TALLEST Mountain
We rein supreme when it comes to new heights! Our mountain reaches 700 vertical feet. With 68 Runs total, our longest run is just shy of a mile! That means our width across is just about a mile too! Twice as large as any other, Granite Peak is much bigger than any other Midwest resort!
- Midwest’s Authentic Ski Town
We don’t like to toot our own horn, but our community and township rocks. We are one of the few that holds the best Ski Area right in the hear of Wisconsin; Wausau. With less then a mile off of the hwy to the slopes, we are surrounded by local dinning, great shopping, theaters, museums and so much more!
- We got the speed!
Modern High Speed chairlifts get you to the top in under 3 minutes and we have 3 of them that covers 99.6% of our terrain! Your 10-12 minute ride up from other resorts, is reduced down to 3-4 minutes. You can make more runs here in 4 hours then 10 at any other resort. Now that’s value for your ticket!
- Best for Families & Kiddos
Granite Peak’s online values let you stretch your vacation dollars, and make priceless memories. The family that skies together, makes memories together. If your family is new to skiing, Granite Peak is the perfect place for anyone to learn a sport that provides annual opportunities to spend quality time doing something you can all enjoy. No one else can provide true beginner runs all the way to expert level. 4 of our Chairlifts are beginner ready that allow for the most comfortable starting point.
Family Combo Lift Tickets
New Teach Yourself Terrain Area <<Details coming soon.
Doubling interior shelter space for Children Lessons Programs
- Close & Convenient
Located in the center of Wisconsin, Granite Peak is just conveniently located
2-4 hours from the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas of Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and Minneapolis/ St. Paul and even closer for most Wisconsinites. Located right off Hwy 29, less then a mile down the road, you’ll pull up to our Grand Entrance. Be on the slopes in no time and leave with the experiences that will leave you wanting more!
- Car to Lift Access
Forget the lines! Get the RFID Card and reload online. Go straight from your car to the lift gate without stopping at the ticket window. No one to check your ticket as you breeze through the gate system. Less hassle so you can enjoy
Granite Peak Ski Area
227200 Snowbird Ave, Wausau, WI 54401