Winter is here, and not only are we reveling in the beautiful wonderland that is starting to appear around the state, but we're busy gearing up for a winter of skiing in Wisconsin. There are plenty of places to go, and we're expecting an exciting ski season ahead! Though skiing in Wisconsin may not be the first thing that comes to mind as winter settles in, it's home to some of the best skiing in the Midwest.
Wisconsin is known for many things - the beautiful and undeveloped Northwoods, stunning coastal communities, vibrant fall foliage, and charming rural communities - not to mention great beer and cheese. Wisconsin is a four-season destination worth visiting, and that, of course, includes a bit of skiing in Wisconsin in the winter.
When it comes to skiing in Wisconsin, you have plenty of ski areas with varied terrain to choose from. It's not all about downhill skiing and snowboarding here, though. Wisconsin is also the perfect destination for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating, ice fishing, and whatever else your winter-loving heart may desire. This diverse range of winter activities is just one of the reasons we think a winter getaway is a good idea.
To make your winter getaway truly special, seek out the most unique and welcoming accommodations in the state. Stay with one of our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association properties, and discover some of the best places to stay in Wisconsin! Our collection of Inns is genuinely one-of-a-kind and offers unparalleled service and hospitality, not to mention easy access to some of the best skiing in Wisconsin! Find your ski getaway today!
The Best Skiing in Wisconsin
There's nowhere better than Granite Peak Ski Area when it comes to skiing in Wisconsin. Even so, there are plenty more places to enjoy a bit of skiing in Wisconsin, and what it boils down to is what kind of skier you are and where you want to spend your time.
If you're interested in skiing in Wisconsin this winter, it's best to plan in advance. Tickets are generally available online and should be purchased in advance when possible. Some ski areas have policies in place this year to limit crowds and ensure a safer and more enjoyable ski season throughout the 2021-2022 ski season.
As you settle in to enjoy the best this winter season has to offer, here are some places to consider for skiing in Wisconsin:
Granite Peak Ski Area
Granite Peak Ski Area, located in the north-central part of the state in Wausau, is Wisconsin's premier ski resort. It's the biggest ski resort in Wisconsin and is home to the tallest vertical drop not just in the state but in the Midwest (700 feet!). It also has a well-developed network of trails and lifts, with terrain suitable for all types of skiers.
Granite Peak opened for skiing in Wisconsin in late November, and thanks to plenty of natural snow and great snowmaking, the season generally lasts into April.
Where to stay: Stewart Inn
In central Wisconsin near Madison, skiers and snowboarders will delight in the terrain at Cascade Mountain. This ski resort offers some of the best terrain parks in the Midwest, combined with nice long runs and beautiful night skiing.
Cascade Mountain offers 450 vertical feet of skiing in Wisconsin. They opened for the season in early December and generally stay open through March.
Where to stay: Specked Hen Inn, Hotel Ruby Marie, The Livingston Inn, The Buckingham Inn, Sunniva Inn, Fargo Mansion Inn, Silver Star B&B Inn, Lake Ripley Lodge, Altemus Corners Bed and Breakfast, Cameo Rose Victorian Country Inn
Another great central Wisconsin ski resort is Devil's Head Resort. It's located in the scenic Baraboo Hills near Devils Lake State Park. Not only does it offer great skiing in Wisconsin, with 500 feet of vertical drop, but it also offers breathtaking views of the Wisconsin River.
Devil's Head is only 20 minutes from Cascade Mountain, too, which means if you stay in central Wisconsin this winter, you have two great Wisconsin ski resorts to enjoy at your leisure.
Mt. La Crosse
In the famously hilly driftless region of the state, you'll find the steep slopes of Mt. La Crosse. With over 500 feet of vertical drop, this resort offers something a bit different when skiing in Wisconsin. Instead of long cruiser runs that you find at other Wisconsin ski resorts, you'll find steep vertical on black diamond runs. It's a great place to challenge yourself!
Near the city of Eau Claire, you'll find the beautifully treed slopes of Christie Mountain. Aside from some great skiing here, especially in the trees, you'll find a beautiful chalet at the top of the mountain that offers breathtaking views and a cozy space to take a break.
There's a great variety of terrain here for skiers of all abilities, too, including a cliff jump for the ultra adventurous!
Where to stay: Inn on Lake Wissota
The Best Places to Stay in Wisconsin
Why stay at a traditional ski resort or hotel when you can enjoy something unique and memorable? When it comes to finding the best places to stay in Wisconsin, you can't beat one of our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association properties. Special getaways really do deserve unique (and memorable) accommodations.
Wherever you go in the state of Wisconsin, you're bound to find a nearby Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast. They are situated in every region of the state and vary just as much in their offerings as the state does! From historic estates and urban escapes to cozy cabins and lakeside retreats, you really can find just about any accommodations you're looking for.
Most importantly, you'll find a level of personalization and authenticity unrivaled in modern hotel chains and larger resorts. The perks of staying at our collection of Inns extend far beyond a friendly face and a cozy place to sleep, though - and it's these perks that make our Inns the best places to stay in Wisconsin.
Our Innkeepers are consummate experts in their local area, often sharing plenty of insider tips and helping you make the most of your time. They'll also ply you with delicious breakfasts made fresh each morning and usually plenty of other treats throughout the day. Each of our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfasts are licensed and has undergone an extensive inspection and approval process.
If you're ready for a winter getaway that far exceeds your expectations, it's time to browse through our properties and choose your next adventure. The ski season is here. Discover the best places to stay in Wisconsin, and book your ski getaways today!