Wisconsin Skiing is the best skiing. Never thought about skiing in Wisconsin before? You’re missing out! Wisconsin is ranked third in the country for downhill skiing and snowboarding. Whether you’re a downhill skier, hardcore snowboarder, or cross-country enthusiast, you might be surprised to find that you don’t have to look any further than Wisconsin for all the best slopes, terrains and trails.
Wisconsin downhill skiing is in a class by itself, and here are just a few reasons why:
The scenery is incredible: 46% of the state is entirely forest, and the geography includes valleys, rivers, bluffs and elevations to over 1,950 feet, making this state a nature-lover’s paradise.
Wisconsin offers over 30 different ski destinations.
Many of Wisconsin’s best ski resorts are just a short distance from Chicago, and offer features that compete with top-rated hotels in other popular skiing destinations.
Wisconsin’s season starts as early as mid-November and usually runs through March, weather permitting.
No matter how much natural snowfall the state gets (usually an average of 40 inches) the snowmakers will crank on once the temp dips below freezing, and keep the slopes skiiable all season.
Wisconsin also appeals to cross country skiers, with more than 250 trails across the state, making Wisconsin a coveted destination for the sport. From backwoods trailblazing in solitude to state and national park-sponsored popular events, like candlelit skiing and ski races, Wisconsin offers something for every cross-country adventurer.
With its wild and rugged landscape, terrain parks for snowboarders are also becoming more and more popular. Half-pipes, huge vertical drops… and for those snowboarders who want to ski at the only super pipe in the Midwest? Come to Wisconsin to find it.
Wisconsin is famous for a lot more than just cheese, beer and record-breaking quarterbacks. Travelers who have searched out the best the country has to offer in skiing and snowboarding know that Wisconsin also offers some of the ultimate skiing destinations.
Recent upgrade: Granite Peak now has a new high-speed quad lift and a total of 74 trails.
Skiers and snowboarders in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the midwest can encounter a wide range of snow conditions over the course of a season. Some of the more common conditions include:
- Powder: Light fluffy,snow, often encountered soon after a snowfall.
- Packed Powder: Powder snow that has been packed by snow grooming equipment or skiers.
- Granular snow: Small pellets or cystals. W wet granular snow — meaning that there is a considerable amount of unfrozen water in it, or loose granular snow, which has no unfrozen water. Wet granular snow canl be formed into a snowball; loose granular snow can't.
- Ice: Conditions that leave the ski slope very hard can be called "ice."
- Crust: Soft snow covered by a hard upper surface.
- Dust on Crust: a sma¥ll accumulation of new snow on top of crust. Not good.
- Corn snow: Snotwconditions that result from repeated thaws and re-freezing of the surface.
- Spring Conditions: This usually meand that several different snow types can be found at the resort.