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Skiing in Wisconsin Dells

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Wisconsin Dells Skiing and Snow Report

Skiers, this story is for you. And by “skiers” we mean both downhill and cross-country. Don’t mind us as we belt out the chorus “Let It Snow!”

This five-minute read explores ski destinations in the Dells. Hold on tight because it’s going to be an exhilarating ride as we bring you the best of skiing in Wisconsin Dells. 

Favorite Slopes: For those heading to Cascade Mountain Ski, Snowboard & Snow Tube, you’ll want to try their longest trail, “Far Out,” a beginner cruiser trail that comes in at just over one mile and takes you past old growth forests and rock formations. Another mile-long beginner trail is “Adele’s Alley.” That’s just the tip of the iceberg, as Cascade Mountain has 48 trails in all, beginner to advanced. The vertical drop at Cascade Mountain is 460 feet. With 100% snowmaking coverage, you’ll be skiing to your heart’s content. Eleven lifts get skiers back to the top of the hill in record time. The snowboard terrain park is packed with rails, jumps, and jibs. Be sure to allow time for the entire family to go tubing too. Check out the variety of season passes – from ski all winter to one ticket per week. Devil’s Head Resort is nestled in glacier-formed bluffs, about a half-hour’s drive from Wisconsin Dells, and has one of the highest mountains in Wisconsin with a 500-foot vertical rise. Skiers and snowboarders will be drawn to the diverse terrain here, whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Six quad chair lifts and two magic carpet lifts minimize wait times. With snowmaking equipment, no need to worry about the forecast. Bonus, there is a 3.5 mile cross-country ski loop here too. Book a ski lesson for the little beginners in your group. Christmas Mountain Village – Ski, Snowboard & Tube is another destination for snow fun. Christmas Mountain Village hosts a wide variety of trails from beginner to advanced. A snow tube park, cozy campfire area, on-site bar and restaurant make this a great social spot for visitors of all levels.

Favorite Trails: Cross-country skiers, you’ll want to block out a few days to explore the trails at the area state parks, starting with Mirror Lake State Park, where there are 18 miles of trails groomed for a combination of both skate-and classic-skiing. If you’re up for it, try the Northwest Trail, the most challenging trail in the park, with steep rolling hills through sandstone rock outcroppings. Devil’s Lake State Park offers six miles of ungroomed, multi-use trails.

Resort Stays: You’ll be looking for a Wisconsin Dells ski resort where you can put your feet up at the end of a long day of skiing. Christmas Mountain Village lists villas, townhouses, and rustic log cabins among its lodging choices. With Wisconsin Dells just a short drive from the ski hills, a stellar idea is to opt for something in town, such as a vacation home at Spring Brook Resort, a cabin at Cedar Lodge and Settlement, or a vacation villa at the Wilderness Resort.

Where to Rent Equipment: Cascade Mountain offers both ski and snowboard rental packages. Same goes for Devil’s Head and Christmas Mountain. Ski and snowboard lessons can be booked at all three area ski hills. You can also rent downhill, cross-country, and snowboard equipment from Vertical Illusions in Wisconsin Dells.

Activities to Complement a Wisconsin Dells Skiing Getaway: Round out your ski getaway with some winter hiking at Rocky Arbor State Park, horseback riding or sleigh rides at Red Ridge Ranch, ice climbing at Vertical Illusions, and ice fishing on Lake Delton. 

Wisconsin Snow Report: We find the Wisconsin Snow Report to be an especially handy resource for Wisconsin Dells skiing and you can sign up for it here, https://www.travelwisconsin.com/snowreport/downhill.

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