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.
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.
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.
Located in Lake Geneva, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is in a rural location and minutes from The Brute Golf Course and The Highlands Golf Course. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Lake Geneva Balloon Company and Geneva Lake Museum.
Make yourself at home in one of the 355 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with triple sheeting, cotton sheets, and down comforters. Rooms have private patios. 37-inch high-definition televisions with DVD players and cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature televisions and makeup/shaving mirrors.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. A spa tub and a sauna offer a relaxing way to wind down after a day on the slopes. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and supervised childcare/activities. The complimentary ski shuttle makes getting to the slopes a breeze.
Grab a bite to eat at the resort's restaurant, where you can take in a pool view, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 2 bars/lounges.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, audiovisual equipment, and express check-out. Event facilities at this resort consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free valet parking is available onsite.
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