Find Your Downhill Skiing and Snow Tubing Destination Up North
Northern Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula Michigan are famous for incredible snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and fat-tire biking trails, but those aren’t the only winter sports we have to offer! The region also boasts several incredible resorts and hills for downhill skiing, snow tubing, and sledding. Whether you’re looking for an impressive vertical drop on skis or a family-friendly day of fun on snow tubes or toboggans, be sure to add the following destinations to your Up North winter itinerary.
Oconto Falls Tubing Hill – Oconto Falls
After your descent down a nearly 900-foot-long hill, a tow rope will bring you back to the top for more fun! With the exception of a few donated tubes available for free use, this is a bring-your-own-tube hill. (Tubes are the only thing that can be used on the hill). Thanks to the Oconto Falls Lions Club, the use of this hill is completely free, but donations are always appreciated. The Oconto Falls Tubing Hill is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., weather and temperature permitting. Check the hill’s Facebook page for updates on snow conditions. The Oconto Falls Tubing Hill is located off Mead Avenue in Oconto Falls.
Camp 10 – Rhinelander
Camp 10 has a new double chairlift that serves 15 runs, offering options for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skiers alike. They also have lights and snowmaking, extending your opportunities to ski their 240-foot vertical drop. Camp 10’s ski season typically starts in mid-December and ends in March. Their daytime skiing hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please check their Facebook page for updates and announcements.
Granite Peak Ski Area – Rib Mountain
Granite Peak has the greatest vertical drop of any resort in Wisconsin: 700 feet. After recent expansions, Granite Peak now has more than 75 runs on its expansive 400-acre footprint. The resort has state-of-the-art snowmaking and lifts (including the longest
and highest in the Midwest). Snowboarders, Granite Peak also has plenty for you—including jumps and terrain features. Add to these assets the massive, new Sundance Chalet and Grill and the impeccably restored 10th Mountain Chalet, in addition to the
Alpine Learning Center and Ticket Building, Mountain Rental Shop, the Peak Performance Demo and Tuning Center, and the Granite Ski and Sports Shop, and you have yourself an incredible ski trip in the making. Visit skigranitepeak.com to plan your trip.
Kettlebowl Ski Area – Bryant
If you are looking for winter fun in the Antigo area, travel just 17 miles northeast to Kettlebowl Ski Area. Kettlebowl is open from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the winter, as long as weather conditions are suitable and volunteers are available. Lifts and towropes help skiers ascend the hill. After an afternoon of skiing, stop inside the warm chalet for coffee, cocoa, soup, hot dogs, and other goodies. Check the Kettlebowl Ski Hill & Cross-Country Trails Facebook page for more information.
Minocqua Winter Park – Minocqua
You may know Minocqua Winter Park as the Midwest’s premier Nordic center, with 6,500 acres and impeccably maintained trails for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. But they also have snow tubing on Squirrel Hill on weekends for the entire snow season as well as daily tubing opportunities around Christmas and New Year’s. You will want to come back to Minocqua Winter Park again and again this winter to explore the trails and ice skating pond tucked within dense forests with many scenic spots. Visit www.minocquawinterpark.org for more information.
Whitecap Mountains Resort – Upson
Three peaks in the Penokee Range—Whitecap, Eagle’s Nest, and Thunderhead—provide a total of 43 trails and a vertical drop of 400 feet. The resort provides a variety of terrain, from low-key to challenging slopes. Visit whitecapresort.com for more information to plan your trip.
Mt. Ashwabay – Bayfield
Mt. Ashwabay is a small mountain with a grand view! Overlooking Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands, Mt. Ashwabay boasts 12 alpine runs spanning over 65 acres and more than 40 km of cross-country ski trails. Although there will be no snow tubing offered this year, you can enjoy snowshoeing, skijoring, and fat-tire biking—in addition to downhill skiing—at Mt. Ashwabay this winter. For more information, visit mtashwabay.org.
Trollhaugen Ski Resort – Dresser
With 23 runs and four terrain parks, delicious food, and craft brews, a trip to Trollhaugen is a must for skiing and snow tubing lovers. For snow tubers interested in an effortless day of fun in the snow, a moving sidewalk brings you back up the hill after every exhilarating trip down. Snow tubing is available Friday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Trollhaugen also has special hours around Christmas and New Year’s. For skiers, the regular season began on Friday, November 26. You can ski any day of the week during the ski season, with late-night skiing available on Fridays. For more information, visit trollhaugen.com.
Upper Peninsula Michigan
Ski Brule – Iron River, Michigan
Come to Ski Brule for a relaxed Northwoods feeling with a view that will remind you of the rolling, maple-covered mountains of New England. Here you’ll find mountain hardwoods, an 1890s homestead, an apple orchard, open meadows, spruce plantations alongside the Brule River. Slopes include the Spillway (intermediate), Hot Cider Trail, and Homestead Trail (novice). Visit skibrule.com for more information.
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