Skiing

Alpine Valley Resort
P.O. Box 615
East Troy WI 53120
800/227-9395

Tired of skiing on the local Mt. Trashmore? Ready for the real deal? Then Alpine Valley is for you!

Throughout the years Alpine Valley Resort has continued to grow. It now offers 12 slopes that range from beginner to expert mogul runs with 388 vertical feet of skiing enjoyment, making it the largest ski resort in southern Wisconsin, and one of the Midwest’s best-kept secrets.

Set against the hills and valleys of the scenic Kettle Moraine area of Southern Wisconsin, Alpine Valley Resort offers picturesque scenery as well as many amenities to make your getaway fun filled.

The runs are serviced by 14 chairlifts (wow!) and five rope tows, which can move 15,000 skiers per hour up the slopes. That’ll cut down on the time you spend in lines, which is pretty nice when you only have a day to ski. Thank you, Alpine!

And if you aren’t quite ready to try out for the olympic team, Alpine Valley’s professional ski school is waiting to make your visit more enjoyable. Children’s programs (KinderKIDS and ValleyKIDS) are offered, as well as adult lessons and even racing programs.

Alpine Valley is the real deal, and one of the best resorts you’ll find accessible from Chicago. Throw the racks on the car, load up the kids, and have a great time up north!


Cascade Mountain
W10441 Cascade Mountain Road
Portage WI 53901-9633
800 992-2754

Near Portage, Wisconsin (30 miles north of Madison, Wisconsin) Cascade Mountain is a great bet if you feel like blowing off some steam on the slopes this winter. Cascade has pretty much something for everyone, so your whole family will be happy here.

Cascade Mountain boasts 27 runs, including 2 terrain parks and 2 halfpipes for the snowboarders in the group, and even 4 chutes and 2 tows for “snowtubers!” 10 trails are rated “easiest,” 5 trails are rated “more difficult,” and 12 trails are rated “most difficult” – which is a pretty even spread. On top of that, there is a 460 foot vertical drop, and the trails get up to a mile long, so this obviously isn’t just a bump in the road.

Cascade Mountain is consistently open from November 17th thru March 17th, and will be able to see you through those warmer days of winter. “How?” you wonder? Because they’ve recently installed the midwest’s 1st automatic snowmaking system!

Skiing hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday & Peak Periods, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays. Night skiing is from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays; there are 18 lighted trails. So, they’re pretty much open all day, every day.

As far as getting up the mountain, Cascade offers a high-speed detachable quad chair, 2 regular-old quad chairs, 3 triple chairs, and 2 double chairs. Together they manage to get 15,300 skiers per hour up the hill.

If you’re interested in staying in Portage overnight, there is plenty of lodging to be had. Conveniently, you can call Cascade Mountain and they’ll even point you in the right direction of local lodges, hotels and motels, and resorts, depending on what you’d like to stay in and where. It’s great! To find out about reservations, call 608-742-5589 and ask for Lodging Service.

So, if you’ve got the skiing bug check out Cascade Mountain! You and the rest of your family – no matter how young or old, or what you’re level of expertise – are sure to have a great time. Go for it!”