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“Great Family Ski Destination”
Review of Granite Peak

Granite Peak
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Wausau
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 February 2015

While there are a lot of ski runs and terrain parks for every ability, this place can get crowded with people from Chicago on the weekends and holidays.

Date of experience: February 2015
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Reviewed 22 February 2015

Despite bitterly cold weather with a heavy wind and a busy travel weekend the hill did a good job of accommodating skiers. My friend and I are intermediate skiers and found the hill not so accommodating for us. There are not many blue runs and some of those can only be accessed via black runs and for some reason one of the few blue runs was cut off and we could only get down using a black run. A beginner would love the hill there with lots of varied long runs for them. Black diamond skiers also had a lot of variety. We did not use the inside accommodations as no carry-ins are allowed.

Date of experience: February 2015
1  Thank Rick912
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Reviewed 19 February 2015 via mobile

Granite Peak has many blue and black runs making it the perfect drive to destination. Skiing is great!

Food service in the chalet has many issues with being over priced for poor quality food (hair in soup). Staff was not trained in how to weigh and price salad bar. Young staff without hair nets, gloves or supervision.

Insufficient ski racks outside of the chalet for an average weekend of skiers.

Over priced lockers causing people to leave there bags and clothes at tables.

Needs some fine tuning.

1  Thank Julie A
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Reviewed 12 February 2015

If you are new to skiing and want to have a nice family weekend on the slopes without paying airfare, go to Granite Peak. They take care of their slopes, and offer some challenges for the more experienced skier. My kids love it there and we go every year!

Date of experience: February 2015
Thank 490ginaj
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Reviewed 12 February 2015

We spent a weekend skiing and snowboarding here recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a 4-4 ½ hour drive from the north and west suburbs of Chicago, so a great weekend getaway. It’s a bit farther then Cascade and Devils Head but well worth the extra time. The parking lot is convenient with no spots too far away from the hill. They have a few high speed lifts so it moves quickly. There is plenty of terrain for all levels of experience. Most of the stuff at the top is blue or black with the beginner runs starting at mid-mountain. There is a huge beginner area serviced by a magic carpet or a double and triple chair lift. The bunny hill has lots of little obstacles (inflatables to go around, through etc.) to make it fun for the kids.

They also offer night skiing on the weekends and have snow making so the snow was pretty good. A couple of spots on some of the blacks got a bit icy late in the day but not bad.

There are several terrain parks spread over the mountain. A beginner area with smaller jumps, rails, boxes near the lower part and then some huge ones for the experienced skiers and boarders that like to go big are higher up.

We were at Granite Peak on a Saturday and Sunday and it never seemed very crowded. We never waited more than a couple of minutes for a lift and the runs were not congested. I think it’s because they have a pretty large area of terrain so people can spread out.

The only place we ran into crowds was lunch time in the bar. We waited until 1:15 on Saturday but it was jam packed. There is another building, to the left of the bar when you are on the mountain that was less crowded. Food is typical burgers, hot dogs, chicken, salad, and chili. It would be nice if they had some healthier choices but okay for what it was.

They have a gift shop with a decent selection of hats, gloves, gators, sweatshirts or anything else you may need for your day on the slopes.

We spend time out west every year so are a bit spoiled and generally, don’t enjoy skiing in the Midwest but we were impressed with this place. It’s not a ski mountain but if you want to ski or board it’s a nice place to go. Overall, I would say it’s one of the best places in the Midwest.

Date of experience: February 2015
Thank PlayinHard
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