The Mountain

WAUSAU'S ORIGINAL SKI AREA - BETTER THAN EVER

Wausau Families Set Foundation for Today's Thriving Ski Area

The ancient mountain in Rib Mountain State Park became a ski area more than 70 years ago when Wausau residents cleared six runs by hand, installed the country's longest ski lift, and built the stone chalet from granite quarried nearby.

In 2000, Charles Skinner took the original founders vision to new heights with a $12 million investment of modern high-speed lifts, new and renovated chalets, updated snowmaking equipment and dozens of new runs to complement the 700-foot vertical descent, the greatest drop of any in the state. By recognizing the potential, Skinner transformed Granite Peak into a popular Midwest ski destination.

Better Than Ever with 15 Years of Improvements

2014-2015

  • New Cupid High-Speed Quad Chairlift servicing our exciting Eastern runs

2013-2014

  • New Sundance Patio Outdoor Firebar
  • Enhanced tree skiiing
  • Enhanced snowmaking
  • Enhanced beginner area

2012-2013

  • New Dasher High-Speed Quad Chairlift servicing our exciting western runs

2011-2012

  • Vastly expanded beginner area with Sunkid Lift, Enchanted Forest Trail and Wild Animal Figures
  • 33% Increase in High-Speed Lift Capacity
  • New Sundance Patio with Kitchen, Bar & Firepit
  • New Pinroth Bison Terrain Park Groomer
  • 20 More Acres of Tree Skiing

2010-2011

  • New Beginner Terrain Park
  • 100% More Tree-Skiing Acreage
  • New Rossignol Ski & Snowboard Rental
  • New Premium Rental Skis & Giro Helmets

2009-2010

  • Widened Several Runs
  • Enhanced Snowmaking - Again!

2008-2009

  • Massive Outdoor Heated Patio with Fire Pit
  • New Outdoor Grill Area
  • New Mountain-View Tavern
  • Remodeled Historic Stone Chalet & Added Seating
  • 2 New Terrain Parks

2006-2007

  • Purchased North America's First Pisten-Bully Winch Cat 600W
  • More Snowmaking

2005-2006

  • New Ticket Building
  • More Snowmaking

2004-2005

  • New Children's Center
  • "Enchanted Forest" Tree Skiing for Kids
  • New Terrain Park
  • More Snowmaking

2003-2004

  • New Comet High-Speed Six Person Chairlift
  • New Beginner Santa Chairlift
  • Sun Kid Wonder Carpet
  • Paved Parking Lot
  • Remodeled Historic Stone Chalet

2002-2003

  • 20 new runs including 3 new glade skiing areas
  • Donner chairlift
  • New Rental Shop
  • New Demo Center
  • New Ski Shop

2001-2002

  • Sundance Chalet & Grill
  • 30 new runs including 3 glade skiing areas
  • New Cupid Chairlift
  • New Blitzen Chairlift

2000-2001

  • New Ticket, Ski School & Office Building
  • New Snowmaking