Towering cedar trees mark the edge of the slopes at Sundown Mountain, separating the wilderness from 21 scenic trails accessible by four lifts. Skiers and snowboarders also have access to two terrain parks, both of which are constantly coated with fresh powder thanks to a technologically advanced snowmaking system. The terrain park's rails and boxes might look intimidating, but even first-timers can enjoy a few runs on the beginner hill after an introductory lesson. If you prefer to heed the code-orange Sasquatch alert and stay indoors, two lodges atop the mountain peak promise cozy digs and picturesque views of the countryside.
It's hard to beat Devil's Head Resort in the summer. Unless, of course, you're talking about Devil's Head Resort in the winter—in which case it's probably a draw. Regardless of the season, Devil's Head summons guests with resort lodging nestled among scenery and terrain suitable for a host of outdoor activities. Two 18-hole golf courses await in the summer, both defined by artful elevation changes and water hazards. The landscape is also a haven for mountain biking, with miles of single track trails that bob and weave over the surrounding hills (lift access is available for bikers on Saturdays in July and August). Two outdoor tennis courts host matches and practice sessions near the resort, which sits two miles from the quaint town of Merrimac on the shores of Lake Wisconsin.
In the winter, the same undulating terrain transforms into a 30-run ski resort serviced by ten lifts. A healthy variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced runs populate the mountain, which features 500 feet of vertical rise. Most of the mountain is also open for night skiing, so guests can ski under the stars without having to glue candelabras to their ski tips.
Over the past year, CamRock Cafe & Sport—in partnership with the Village of Cambridge and Capitol Water Trails—has transformed the Koshkonong Creek from a tricky maze of fallen trees into a clear and gentle waterway. Situated on the shore of the creek amid miles of meandering snowshoeing, mountain-biking, and cross-country-skiing trails, the café ensures that its clientele doesn't need to look far for something to do. The staff helps visitors take advantage of the terrain with bike, boat, gear, and Go-Go-Gadget 'copter rentals. Hosted events bring people together to explore the trails via bike and listen to live music back at the café, or take part in a yoga or spin class. After guests return from a sojourn, the café supplies them with more than 100 craft beers, toasted gourmet sandwiches, and Alterra coffee from the food and drink menus.