One of our favorite wintertime Wisconsin attractions is Cascade Mountain, WI. Cascade Mountain Ski Resort features the Midwest’s only automatic snowmaking system, which allows for a mid-November opening. Great for the skiing enthusiast that can’t wait to get out on the slopes!
Cascade is conveniently located between Madison, Wisconsin and Wisconsin Dells. Located off I-90/94 Exit 106, about 30 minutes north of Madison, Cascade Ski Resort has 27 runs on 160 acres. It’s visibility just off the freeway makes it a popular Wisconsin travel destination for outdoor winter recreation.
Cascade Ski Resort- W10441 Cascade Mountain Rd, Portage, Wisconsin 53901 608-742-5588 OR (800) 992-2SKI
Some of the best money-saving deals for snowboarding, snowtubing and skiing in Wisconsin can be found at Cascade Mountain. Prices are reasonable for families, kids 12 and under ski free when accompanied by a paid adult (generally $45+ tax). Which is good for up to 8 consecutive hours of fun. A Closing ticket for the last 5 hours of the night is only $25.
Rentals, Lessons and Night Skiing are also available at Cascade Mountain.
This top-rated Wisconsin ski area features 10 lifts and 34 trails that start with the mild (Adele’s Alley) and grow to the steep (the black-diamond Narrow Margin). The Cascade Mountain slopes offer a good amount of skiing variety. Some of the 36 trails are challenging, while other trails are over a mile long and fun for everyone.
Experts, intermediates and beginners get a fairly equal share of runs. The North Wall and Mogul Monster are more challenging. The North Wall is a fast fall-line run; the Mogul Monster is a bumpy stretch running close to the “A” lift. For a bit easier runs, try the Manitou and Debbi’s runs. Beginners can hop over to the Cottontail and Bunny runs.
Getting to the top of the mountain is quick and easy with ten lifts, including the high-speed Mountain Top Express. The Cascade ski hill is serviced by one towrope, one Magic Carpet lift, two double & three triple chairlifts and four quad chairlifts.
Snowboarders are welcome at Cascade Mountain. Cascade caters to the adventurous type with four terrain parks ranging from beginner to expert and everything in between. They also feature 25+ rails and jibs and five to 10 jumps that are available for both skiers and boarders.
If your younger family member is a bit fearful of the slopes, head to the snowtubing park, which boasts five 800′ long tubing chutes. Anyone who is able to ride the lift and the tube by themselves can do so. They do not have any restrictions on age, height, etc. It is up to the parent to determine if the child can safely snow tube alone. Tube rental is included in the cost of a tubing ticket. (tubing can be added to ski pass)
Snow tubing doesn’t require any experience, just hop in your tube and enjoy the ride down the hill. One of the nice benefits of snow tubing at Cascade is that you can effortlessly ride back up the hill on their state-of-the-art moving sidewalk.
Cascade Mountain also has season passes that offer more options, to provide customers with fewer hassles. From direct to lift passes, to one ticket per week flex cards, there are a lot of different options to choose from. If you need rentals, lessons, or tubing you will have the option of adding these to your season pass purchase. For more information visit: cascademountain.com
Hours of Operation: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and holidays; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday; November to late March
AMTRAK is available to the Portage Municipal Airport in Portage, WI.
Approximate travel time: Chicago- 2.5 hours. Madison- 30 min. Milwaukee- 1.5 hours. Wausau- 2 hours. Appleton- 2 hours. WI Dells- 15 minutes.
Note: The Snow Shuttle Xpress goes back and forth from Cascade to several stops in Portage every hour from 9am to 10pm, 7 days a week. $1.75 ea. way
(Stops are at Cascade, Hitching Post restaurant, Best Western, Walmart, Pierces Market, Culvers, Chamber Mall.)
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