January 20, 2012

Downhill Skiing Made Easy

These two Wisconsin downhill skiing options are easy and affordable

Christie MountainWisconsin is not famous for its downhill skiing. However, the downhill skier who wants to get out on the slopes without driving for six hours or flying to Aspen can find some great opportunities right here in the Badger State.

One such opportunity is Standing Rocks Park near Stevens Point. This 524-acre park is a favorite destination for cross-country skiers, mountain bikers and downhill skiers. The steepest vertical drop is 125 feet and the longest run is approximately 1,200 feet. There are two beginner hills, one intermediate hill and two expert hills. The ski hills are open on the weekends for as long as the snow lasts.

Rusk County  is home to Christie Mountain, which offers 21 runs, including 19 lighted runs. This popular ski area has great snow-making capabilities, making it one of the most dependable downhill skiing destinations in Wisconsin. In addition to downhill skiing, Christie Mountain also has facilities for snowboarders and an area for snow-tubing. Snow-tubing is a great way for families to enjoy the slopes—it requires no special skills, but offers all the thrills of downhill skiing.

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