Skiing & Snowboarding in Oconomowoc

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Five trails descend down the slopes at Highlands of Olympia, ranging from the beginner-friendly bunny hill to the East Bowl, a black diamond that challenges advanced skiers to face the biting winds as they carve through the incline. The mountain also features a terrain park where snowboarders grind over rails and boxes, and tow ropes pull inner tubes up the hill before they are released for a speedy 1,000-foot-long descent that covers a 60-foot vertical drop. A half-hour’s drive from downtown Milwaukee, Highlands packs a day’s worth of entertainment into the neatly packed snow, from the onsite bar and restaurant to lessons in which instructors impart the secrets of picking up ham-radio signals with outstretched ski poles.

965 Cannon Gate Road
Oconomowoc,
WI
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No ski lessons. No beginners allowed. All ungroomed terrain. Averaging 273 inches per year, Mount Bohemia is a snow-covered haven for seasoned skiers, eschewing bunny slopes for 500-plus acres with two chair lifts filled with 90 runs?most of which are rated for experts. The mountain's 900-foot vertical drop, noted for being the tallest in the midwest, has won it many fans, including MSN Travel, which named it on its list of 10 Undiscovered Ski Spots in 2006. They were also rated number one for best powder skiing east of the rockies by Powder Magazine.

6532 Lac La Belle Road
Lac La Belle,
WI
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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.

217 West Main Street
Cambridge,
WI
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Originally a family farm before two families of ski enthusiasts purchased the land in 1961, Sunburst Ski Area now encompasses 13 sundry ski runs as well as terrain parks and steep tubing lanes for winter athletes of all skill levels. Skiers and boarders plummet down nine runs that range from rolling bunny hills to harrowing double-black-diamond steeps. Flashy alpinists can trick out at the terrain parks, which boast a series of rails, ramps, and tables for mid-grind picnic lunches. Additionally, patrons can carve through the fresh powder after dark, as a full spotlight system keeps the slopes open until 9 p.m. from Monday–Thursday and 10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. On the tubing hill, riders seated in inflatable tubes zoom, bob, and spin down 12 chutes measuring 900 feet long and spanning a 10-story descent. The tubes can reach speeds of more than 40 miles per hour, which is just fast enough to outpace the hungry snowmen that think each one is a gigantic donut.

8355 Prospect Dr
Kewaskum,
WI
US

Clear Water Outdoor is located at 744 Main Street in downtown Lake Geneva.Our sales floor provides you with a comfortable atmosphere to shop for casual clothing, yoga, multi-sport, outerwear, ski gear and footwear. The stores' Gearage is our paddling and camping center. We hope you'll come on in soon and see for yourself.

744 W Main St
Lake Geneva,
WI
US

  • Size: Cascade Mountain soars into the air and boasts 36 unique runs with a 460-foot vertical drop for skiers and snowboarders of all ages
  • Difficulty: the runs range from the beginner-friendly powder of Daisy Run to the more challenging bend of the Badger Bowl to the black-diamond plunge of Screamin' Steven
  • Snow Tubing: a separate snow tubing area sends riders sliding through a 1,000 foot chute?and will double its number of lanes in 2014
  • Lessons: group, private, and kids' lessons are all available on-site; the Learn to Turn package treats first-timers to an intro class and outfits them with equipment and a daylong flex ticket
  • Equipment Rental: the ski shop provides all of the necessary gear for a day on the slopes, including skis, snowboards, poles, boots, and microscopes for comparing snowflakes

W10441 Cascade Mountain Rd.
Portage,
WI
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