Ski and walk to Lifts
Only hotel to walk to lifts at Granite Peak... Wood fireplaces in FS rooms.
We are the same distance from far side of Granite Peak parking lot to the 6 person chair at The Ski Hill. Save the hassle of loading your skiis and walk over
for a break from your day. Have a hot chocolate on us and walk back to the lodge.
300 Yards from Lift to our Hotel and Townhoues
About Granite Peak
Home to the most vertical 700' and the most available terrain 225+ acres within our boundary this side of Lake Michigan. Like tree skiing? We have plenty of that with numerous hand-cleared areas and some secret stashes too. Plus you'll find three (3) progressive terrain parks including a learning park. The Granite Grom Park is located off our Santa and Blitzen lifts for beginner terrain. Granite Peak
THE ONLY DESTINATION SKI AREA IN WISCONSIN
We are truly blessed to have the City of Wausau to look down upon from our slopes. Just minutes away is a vibrant downtown full of over 2,200 hotel rooms, eclectic dining, shopping, and plenty of additional activities to keep you busy during your ski and stay vacation. While we wish you to spend as much time on the slopes we hope you'll visit some of our favorite places in the city we call home! Check out all of our mountain stats.
CONSTANTLY EVOLVING, GROWING & IMPROVING
While Granite Peak is the oldest ski resort in Wisconsin our amenities, lifts and technology don't show it. We have constantly been improving our infrastructure, technology, and offerings to cater to the changing times and desires of guests. Our resort has been kicking around since 1937! We are proud to say we are one of the oldest ski resorts in the country. Up there with the likes of Stowe in Vermont, Sun Valley in Idaho, and Cranmore Mountain in New Hampshire that were skiing down the slopes prior to 1940!
While our staff certainly has changed, our values have not. We strive to provide you with a top-quality experience while you are at Granite Peak or our sister resorts Lutsen Mountains or Snowriver Mountain Resort.
Please Note: 3 day min stay on Christmas week, Presidents Day.
Rib Mountain, formerly called Rib Hill, is a four-mile-long ridge of ancient rock dating back about 1.7 billion years. It is among the oldest geological features on Earth. It is composed of a very hard metamorphic rock called quartzite.
For many years, it was believed to be the highest point in Wisconsin. Now it's generally accepted that Timm's Hill, near Ogema in Price County, is the highest at 1,952 feet above sea level and Rib Mountain is fourth at 1,924 feet above sea level. However, Rib Mountain does stand higher above the surrounding terrain, 670 feet, than any other hill in the state.
The Ojibwe called it O-pic-wun-a-se-be, sometimes given as "Opigigan" or "Opigeganama." The first part of the word means rib.
Rib Mountain has been used by many people for many different reasons. The early Ojibwe used it as a lookout and as a guide for finding their way. Voyageurs also used it as a guide.
As early as 1893, the mountain was used in the manufacture of sandpaper. The Wausau Sandpaper Company was incorporated in 1900 and built a factory. In 1902, Wausau Quartz Company crushed the quartzite for grinding and polishing purposes. The two companies merged in 1905 to form Wausau Abrasives, which was purchased by Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing in 1929.