Reader Resort Survey 2005: Midwest No.3 - Granite Peak

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Granite Peak, a barely-breathing relic a few years ago, is "quickly becoming the best ski area in the Midwest," according to one reader. Just about everything at Granite is new: 60 of the 72 runs, 5 of the six chairlifts, including a high-speed six-pack, a second chalet, expanded base facilities and snowmaking on 100 percent of its trails. What's not new is the superb 700-foot vertical mountain with its long Western-style trails and the ski town of Wausau just minutes from the base. "It's the new Midwest giant," touts a reader.

The Latest

A new triple chair, Santa, in the heart of the novice terrain; 50 percent expansion of the base facilities, including three outdoor decks; the new Lodge at Cedar Creek-five minutes from the ski area-with a 31,000 square foot water park.

The Deal

Third Day Off-half-off skiing and lodging on the third day of a multi-day stay (all major hotels in Wausau participate). Three-day lift/lodging packages for two people start at $335. Also, Kids Ski Free: adult/child combo ticket costs $108 for 2 days of skiing for an adult and child. 715-845-2846; skigranitepeak.com.

SNOW

20

GROOM

20

TERRAIN/VARIETY

6

TERRAIN/CHALLENGE

7

VALUE

16

LIFTS

8

SERVICE

10

WEATHER

16

ACCESS

14

ON-MOUNTAIN FOOD

10

LODGING

2

DINING

4

NIGHTLIFE/APRÉS

5

OFF-HILL/ACTIVITIES

4

FAMILY PROGRAMS

9

SCENERY

9

TERRAIN PARKS

7