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post #31 of 43
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer View Post
Those are pretty good, and very accurate answers. I saw Mr. Granite's response, but chose not to reply. I figured I could count on you to set the record straight. Good work.

I will admit, though.... I have not seen their new parking lot.
That place is nothing compared to the UP, SO flat
post #32 of 43
I for one enjoy Granite Peak. I live on the WI/IL border. About 15 minutes from Wilmot and an hour from Alpine Valley. I can't stand Wilmot. Its always overrun with school kids and the lifts are s-l-o-w. I usually go to Alpine during weeknights. Much less crowded and two 4 person high speed lifts.

I enjoy Granite for the weekend type trip. Its a one day outing. Leave at 6am and drive the 4 hrs there. Ski 10am-about 8 or 9pm and drive home. Yes the top 1/4 part is steep and the remaining 3/4 is "flat". I've never had to skate on the bottom parts though. I go there b/c its a nice change of pace and its never so crowded that the lifts can't keep up.

I've never been to the UP but would like to.

Any thoughts on Lutsen in MN?
post #33 of 43
Lutsen has real runs that maintain most of their pitch top to bottom.

Bit of a trick to get from one part of the ski area to another--it uses three separate peaks.

Pretty scenery.

Not much choice in lodging or meals other than condos.

The last 60 or so miles of the drive there are awful.
post #34 of 43
Ha Ha this thread has turned comical!

Its apparent neither Jer nor Mr. UP has been to Granite Peak in years.

I was gonna just give up but I had to respond one more time, just for the fun of it...

Um first off I dont work for Granite Peak, and I am in no way partial to it on any business or personal level. I just have experience in the matter, and the OP was looking for opinions, which apparently he isnt willing to listen too. As I stated, ive skied everythign in the UP and know more than a bit about what im talking about.

LOL! It is funny for anyone to foolishly say that Granite Peak is a wausau ski area for only those who want to catch a few runs after work. That just shows how little you know what your talking about on the subject.

Granite Peak is owned by the same people who own Lutson Mountain. Its a multi-million dollar operation that has had over 10 millions dollars invested into it in the last 5 years. It is a major ski resort destination for thousands of midwesterners, with the majority of its business coming from places like Chicago and the Twin Cities. It gets thousands of visitors more than any of the resorts your trying to pump up as being somehow better than Granite. Check your facts before you sound off.

Anyone who claims you cant 'groom' out flats is talking out the wrong end of their body. Maybe you should talk to some of the groomers here in the forum, grooming out flats is a part of every ski operations daily grooming. Obviously anyone with half a brain knows you can add snow to flat areas in a run, and groom them out to make them less apparent. Granite does this very effectively with its snowmaking system, and top of the line groomers; something Rib lacked and could not do.

NOW if you are a hardcore skiier, and you want steep, expert terrain, that is mostly ungroomed, there are definetely better options like Bohemia. Go for it.

LOL I also have to laugh at anyone who says that good amenities, lift lines, lift times, and snowmaking, does not have anything to do with a quality skiing experience. Thats so foolish a statement its not even worth addressing. For MOST people, those things factor into a good day skiing. Especially if you have children. Granite has brand new rental equipment, a professional ski school staff, and beginner runs that actually are ski runs.

If you want quality amenities; abundant snow regardless of weather patters, fast lift lines and lifts, and more vertical and terrain to ski, give Granite a try. Or dont, I dont care. But dont come here and spew lies about a place you have NO idea about (apparently), when all i'm trying to do is give someone an option that may or may not make things easier for them.

Thanks!
post #35 of 43
A vote for Nub's Nob. It has a few steep runs.
post #36 of 43
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Originally Posted by prickly View Post
4. Maybe we need a thread like "Toughest Move", eg, who's moved from the sweetest to the most difficult ski access situation.
I used to ski 50 - 75 days a season at Alta/Snowbird as I lived 20 minutes away in the valley.

Met a girl, moved to Connecticut. Bought a business, moved to southern Michigan.

I have not skied as much lately.

Do I win? :

Anybody up for a Bohemia trip, let me know via PM. I don't check the boards as much as I used to.
post #37 of 43
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Originally Posted by AltaSkier View Post
I used to ski 50 - 75 days a season at Alta/Snowbird as I lived 20 minutes away in the valley.

Met a girl, moved to Connecticut. Bought a business, moved to southern Michigan.

I have not skied as much lately.

Do I win? :

Anybody up for a Bohemia trip, let me know via PM. I don't check the boards as much as I used to.
Ouch!! Man im actually crying for you! That sucks! Oh well you get to look forward to once or twice a year trips out west now like the rest of us...
post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by AltaSkier View Post
I used to ski 50 - 75 days a season at Alta/Snowbird as I lived 20 minutes away in the valley.

Met a girl, moved to Connecticut. Bought a business, moved to southern Michigan.

I have not skied as much lately.

Do I win? :

Anybody up for a Bohemia trip, let me know via PM. I don't check the boards as much as I used to.
Southern Michigan is the real sucky part!
The consolation prize is that you moved closer to me!

Doesn't count for much does it?
post #39 of 43
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Originally Posted by pattongb View Post
Granite Peak is owned by the same people who own Lutson Mountain.
That figures. Lutsen sucks as well. Easily the most over-hyped and one of the most crowded hills in the midwest.

Look, it's cool you like a lame hill like Granite, but are you really suggesting that it's worth it for someone from Indiana to drive to Granite to ski? 'Cause that's just freaky.
post #40 of 43
Altaskier,WOW that must be the most amazing love ever. Southern mich. OUCH.
Well, come on up to Boyne mt. for a weekend and I can show you some pretty decent terrain. We do tend to have a good time up here most days. Just see Duane at the 6 chair and ask if he's seen art and he'll point me out.
It is'nt alta by any stretch but if you piled up a few of our runs on top of each other it might.... ahh never mind. Did I mention the high speed 6 chair?
see ya, art
post #41 of 43
When thinking about heading back east to ski, remember that it's further from Detroit,MI to the UP resorts than it is from Detroit, MI to New York city.
post #42 of 43
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Originally Posted by pattongb View Post
Ha Ha this thread has turned comical!

Its apparent neither Jer nor Mr. UP has been to Granite Peak in years.

I was gonna just give up but I had to respond one more time, just for the fun of it...

Um first off I dont work for Granite Peak, and I am in no way partial to it on any business or personal level. I just have experience in the matter, and the OP was looking for opinions, which apparently he isnt willing to listen too. As I stated, ive skied everythign in the UP and know more than a bit about what im talking about.

LOL! It is funny for anyone to foolishly say that Granite Peak is a wausau ski area for only those who want to catch a few runs after work. That just shows how little you know what your talking about on the subject.

Granite Peak is owned by the same people who own Lutson Mountain. Its a multi-million dollar operation that has had over 10 millions dollars invested into it in the last 5 years. It is a major ski resort destination for thousands of midwesterners, with the majority of its business coming from places like Chicago and the Twin Cities. It gets thousands of visitors more than any of the resorts your trying to pump up as being somehow better than Granite. Check your facts before you sound off.

Anyone who claims you cant 'groom' out flats is talking out the wrong end of their body. Maybe you should talk to some of the groomers here in the forum, grooming out flats is a part of every ski operations daily grooming. Obviously anyone with half a brain knows you can add snow to flat areas in a run, and groom them out to make them less apparent. Granite does this very effectively with its snowmaking system, and top of the line groomers; something Rib lacked and could not do.

NOW if you are a hardcore skiier, and you want steep, expert terrain, that is mostly ungroomed, there are definetely better options like Bohemia. Go for it.

LOL I also have to laugh at anyone who says that good amenities, lift lines, lift times, and snowmaking, does not have anything to do with a quality skiing experience. Thats so foolish a statement its not even worth addressing. For MOST people, those things factor into a good day skiing. Especially if you have children. Granite has brand new rental equipment, a professional ski school staff, and beginner runs that actually are ski runs.

If you want quality amenities; abundant snow regardless of weather patters, fast lift lines and lifts, and more vertical and terrain to ski, give Granite a try. Or dont, I dont care. But dont come here and spew lies about a place you have NO idea about (apparently), when all i'm trying to do is give someone an option that may or may not make things easier for them.

Thanks!
Actually, I think based on the vast number of people stepping forward to defend Granite Peak, I'm going to change my viewpoint. Granite rules!!!
post #43 of 43
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Originally Posted by AltaSkier View Post
Do I win?
Unfortunately for you, I'd say yes...
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