Granite Peak at Rib Mountain State Park

Wisconsin

Highest Skiable Mountain in Wisconsin

Granite Peak (formerly Rib Mountain) lies in the center of the state in Wausau, Wis., and is the highest skiable mountain in state. It also boasts the second highest vertical in the whole Midwest at 700 feet. The area has made significant improvements in the past few years. These include a… More





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LoMo
Advanced Reviewer
Reviews: 14
Sure, it's huge based on midwestern standards, but the bottom half of the vertical is the most casual slope you could imagine and there is nothing challenging about it. The double blacks are sheer ice due to the fake snow and the glades have no pitch, so they're impossible to actually get through without having to push yourself out. The terrain park is quite expansive, but getting a run in is tough because the crowds here are unreal. Way, way too many people from Illinois and as a Packers fan, I naturally get irritated. Worth checking out, but unless you have deep pockets or can night ski, it should only be an annual trip.
Dec 24, 2013
karl
chicago, il
Advanced Reviewer
Reviews: 12
the runs are very steep on the top 1/3 of the runs then they mellow out the rest of the way down the run. they say they have over 70 runs, but they just change the names part way down. and the lift lines were not that bad for a weekend.
Feb 8, 2013
hofman1
Novice Reviewer
Reviews: 1
My family went over Christmas break and had a great time at Granite Peak! The staff was friendly and the 2 high speed chairlifts are first class. They do need to open up the lines and access to the high speed 6 person chair to make the line flow better. 700 vertical feet with mile long trails is pretty good for the midwest. The variety is good and the terrain is legit - a black is really a black here! Terrain parks are varied and the moguls runs (yes more than one)are laid out well. The historic chalet and outdoor patio are a nice touch. The other larger lodge fills up quick so break for lunch early and avoid the crowds. Early season snow conditions were pretty good considering the warm start to the winter. This is a big place by midwest standards (almost 500 acres) so there is always a place to go to avoid the Christmas holiday crowds. I heard rumor of a third high speed chair that would be put on the east side of the mountain - that would be sweet. The prices are higher but this is not your average Midwest hill.
Feb 3, 2013
jguild3
Advanced Reviewer
Reviews: 14
$58 for a Midwest lift is definitely pricey, then I get up there and find out that the Saturday night lift special is ONLY $15. Problem with Granite is that 70% of the terrain is in the first half of the run from the top, after that, it's almost not worth skiing down any farther, so we use one of the mid-stations to reload the chairlift at the bottom of the "steeper" part of the hill, instead of riding the hi-speed chair when it fills up. Last time there, they insisted on only using one guy to scan tickets, so naturally, he was the choke point and not the high-speed lift. They also kept the day lodge closest to the hi-speed chair closed for the day (on a Sunday), when it's way bigger that the "Historic Lodge"
Jan 31, 2012



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  • Sure, it's huge based on midwestern standards, but the bottom half of the vertical is the most casual slope you could imagine and there…
    the runs are very steep on the top 1/3 of the runs then they mellow out the rest of the way down the run. they say they have over 70…
    My family went over Christmas break and had a great time at Granite Peak! The staff was friendly and the 2 high speed chairlifts are…

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