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Wausau Downtown Airport 


Central Wisconsin Airport



Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Best Western Midway 


Hotel offers complimentary hot breakfast and shuttle to Granite Peak, indoor pool, whirlpool and restaurants.  

Extra person charges may apply  

$79 and up 

Grand Lodge by Stoney Creek Inn


139 rooms with complimentary Internet and a 50,000 sq. ft. Loggers Landing Water park. 

Extra person charges may apply  

$77 and up 

Candlewood Suites


All suites hotel offering complimentary Internet, fitness center and guest laundry. 

Extra person charges may apply  

$88 and up 











Carmelo’s Italian Restaurant


Cali’s Grille Room


Hoffman House 


Granite Peak

Granite Peak, formerly Rib Mountain, is the highest skiable mountain in Wisconsin. Enjoy the quickness of getting out on the slopes with Granite Peak's 6-person chair lift, as well as their Monday though Sunday night skiing.

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Pros: Good variety of terrain, updated and modern lifts and buildings

Cons: Little more pricey then your typical midwest resort

Granite Peak is an excellent midwest resort. Alot of different terrain to seek out. One of the few resorts in the midwest that your not bored by noon with. Quite a few run though there 72+ runs they advertise are misleading. They name the top part of run and the bottom part of the run. Reality more around 40 to 45 runs. They also have many tree gladed runs(about 7 to 8). Most tree runs are pretty blue but it allows the kids to have fun and let them tune there skills in the trees. They also have 3 mogul runs. I'm not a big park guy but I play in it here and there. But overall its the best I've seen in the midwest. Some boarders I talk to say its one of the best in the midwest. They have four seperate parks with a variety. Best part is they have an excellent lift system so lines are minimal. Lifts include a high speed six person in the most crowded area so it keeps you skiing instead of standing in line. Rumor has it another High Speed lift is going in either next year or the following year. Overall the runs are fairly long by midwest standards. Really only downfall is its top heavy on vertical so towards the bottom it flatings out quicker then most.


Facility stand point it doesn't really get much better then this in the midwest. All buildings are brand new or remodeled in the last few years. Excellent bar area with HDTV's, 2 Fire Places, great view of the ski hill, food, and live music every Sat.. They also have a very large heated patio in front of the bar looking up at the ski hill. Patio has many tables with heaters, a large firepit, and they cook up food on the weekends out there. Excellent 10,0000 sq. ft general chalet with food. Almost always room to get a table and warm up. Has a TV or two and a couple large fireplaces. They also a have full tune shop, rental shop, and pro shop in another building.


Lodging side of things is zero on the hill. In the next three years the first ski in/out lodge is suppose to be built. Granite Peaks base is the City of Wausau which has a population of about 75K. So you got many lodging opitions that are inexpensive. You don't have to pay the jacked up prices of the resorts.


Being that your right in Wausau you have a decent nightlife and many resturants to explore. 


Family side of things Granite Peak has various events going on through the season. They have excellent combo ticket of Adult and child for like $60 to help keep the prices down. But a single adult is about $52 a day or so. Pricey by midwest standards. But with that your getting all around better ski experience then most and if your coming from the south it saves you about 2 hours of driving to Big Snow Country hills.


But overall excellent ski resort for the midwest.




Pros: Decent runs for the midwest

Cons: Overpriced and no longer family friendly. New price of $79 is ridiculous

Granite Peak used to be a family friendly and reasonable value until they turned greedy.

Seriously $79 a day?? They boast saving money instead of going out West...really??

If you shop the deals you can get much better prices going out West than $79 / day.

So many things have changed at Granite Peak mostly negative. The only positive are the newer lifts.

The only deal would be to buy a season pass as a local.

They used to let families bring small coolers as the food was not very healthy and it was more affordable.

This let more families experience skiing.

It seems corporate greed has taken over and they need to pay for the improvements to the lifts and the lodge.

If you are desperate for a day to ski or snowboard it is fun but certainly not worth the price of admission.

I have one word of advice for Granite Peak "Go Back to your Roots"

Shame on you greedy people.


Pros: Steep pitch at top of hill (250-300 feet with 27-34 degree pitch)

Cons: 400-450 feet bottom of hill is nearly FLAT!! (10-12 degree pitch)

Nice new buildings at village with two high speed chairs 1 quad & 1 six seater. Good park skiing at top of hill. Claim of 70+ runs is exaggerated by naming top & bottom of runs differently. Still nice options for a day of skiing the approximately 40+ runs. The North wall maintains better conditions than the rest of the hill throughout the day. (Faces North...)

Worth a 3-4 hour drive after skiing Chestnut Mountain, Devils Head and Cascade for comparison if coming from the south. If coming from the west or north, I suggest you keep driving to the U.P.


Pros: In Wisconsin

Cons: Expensive - flat runs

Ouch.  $65 to ski in Wisconsin.  I used to ski here when it was called Rib Mountain.  It wasn't anything special then, but I thought somehow it must be better with the upgrades that have been so aggressively marketed. 


I should know that no matter how many renovations, they don't "grow" mountains bigger.  So, it is the same mountain.  The initial run from the top is a fast dive and fun, but about 85% of the mountain is flat as a farm field.


The lifts have been upgraded and there is an upscale look, but you absolutely do NOT get a $65.00 ski day experience from Granite Peaks.


IMO, this is an extremely overpriced dud.  Best bet is to go to Cascade Mountain, Blackjack, and head to the UP for better skiing at much better prices.


Pros: nice lifts and lodges

Cons: Expensive, flat terrain, poor snow, not worth the drive

I arrived at Granite Peak with high expectations and left very disappointed.  In the early 2000’s Rib mountain was purchased and rename Granite Peak.  The ski area underwent a major expansion including a high speed lift and three additional new lifts.  The ski area now boasts the 3rd largest vertical drop in the Midwest.  (after Mt Bohemia and Lutsen)  Despite all of these upgrades, the skiing is still inferior to more southern ski areas.


My observations:


  1. The biggest problem is that the ski runs are steep for the top 15% and then get extremely flat.  You barely move on the bottom 85%.  The alternative ski areas 2 hours north have much better runs.  The southern alternatives (Devils Head and Cascade) have better skiing and are closer to major cities. 
  2. The snow quality is poor.  Unlike the ski areas to the north, Granite peak has very little natural snow which results in more icy conditions.
  3. I was interested to ski the expert runs that are marketed as the toughest in the Midwest.  They are only about 15 yards long and very disappointing.
  4. A few of the runs are wind through the woods and are probably the most interesting but they are pretty flat.  There are also a few glade runs which are a fun twist but they have thin cover at the top and then get flat like the other runs.
  5. The staff and facilities are quite nice


In summary, the terrain just is not good for anyone but a beginner.  There are two better options: skiing the 5 ski areas near ironwood, MI (good snow and runs) or skiing Devils Head / Cascade (good runs).


Pros: Tallest in the midwest, people were nice, good lifts

Cons: Probably not the best place for a beginner; crumby terrain park

Well, I thought it was expensive for what you got. The facilities are nice, everything is well maintained, but still expensive. Grooming was great. Be advised the slope faces North, and the winds freeze the snow rock solid overnight. Nice if you want to carry some speed, scary if you're just starting out.

The more difficult runs are up top and then the beginner runs are very, very easy at the bottom. There is little in between; that is to say, the blues are hard blues and the greens are easy greens. It makes moving up scary for a first timer, and spending time down on the lower sections with you 1st-timer friend gets pretty boring.

Terrain was ok, but again, no real basic boxes set up for beginners. The lift servicing the terrain park was incredibly slow.

Overall, it was ok, but I would rather go somewhere else in Wisconsin.


Pros: The cool TV's in the bar!

Cons: everything else

Some runs at Rib Mountain are sorta steep for the first 100 feet, then they flatten WAAAAAYYYY out. If the wind is blowing from the north, you will likely have to skate just to get to the lift - it's that flat. But the snow isusually nice a hard due to the massive snowmaking and wind-blasted exposure. Lift ticket prices are unreal as well - I guess they gotta pay for all the lifts and killer parking lot and fabulous lodge somehow.

Really - there are way better options in the general vicinity. White Cap. Marquette, even Brule is probably a better option. I've only been to Devil's Head in the summer for DH races, but I'll bet that place is way more fun than Rib. I'd recommend Bohemia, but the two places are so different it may as well be different sports. Seriously - the only guys I've ever heard that think Rib is great are 1) people who just started and have only skied Rib and 2) guys who live in Wausau and only ski Rib.

I know it sounds like I'm being way too negative here, but it's the truth. They have a nice huge parking lot, a beautiful lodge and lots of big high-speed lifts, but they forgot that the skiing is actually what matters. Marquette has a WAY better park, Bohemia is WAY steeper and deeper and pretty much any little one-lift area in the region is more interesting. Pretty sure all the above areas are cheaper as well. But Granite Peak does have Hi Def.

I would recommend Granite Peak to people who live close by and are just learning or maybe to terminally intermediate families whi like to ski a little and then hang out and eat and stuff. For skiing, anywhere but Rib.