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Posted: Sep 26, 2022

Mother Nature finally will cooperate this weekend! (HOPEFULLY)  

Once the calendar flipped from August to September it seems that the work weeks have been great while the weekends have been less than desirable.  Nothing we can do about it but I truly enjoy fall and all that it brings – football, apples, autumnal colors, and yes I do enjoy a good ole Pumpkin Spiced Latte as well.  I also do enjoy a Pumpkin Beer, Donut, Pie….  Don’t hate on the gourd.  

This weekend though as of Monday it appears that autumn will show up and that we’ll have beautiful fall weather on hand for what should be a fun one.  We’re pleased to work with the Granite Peak Ski Team to host two of their biggest fundraising events of the season.  The Casino Night and the Ski Swap, held for the first time on the same weekend!  Our scenic chairlift rides will be taking place with our typical schedule of Friday, 4pm – 7pm and Saturday/Sunday 11am – 5pm. 

In addition, we’ll have live music from 2pm – 5pm on Saturday afternoon with Brad Emanuel on the Historic Deck and our very own retail manager, Vicki, will have beautiful mums for sale too. For those of you who are season passholders swing by our office on Saturday and pick up a limited edition free poster!  

 Let me plan out your weekend: 

  1. Gamble for a good cause.  Win great prizes on Friday night. 
  2. Visit the ski swap and sell/purchase some gear for another good cause.  
  3. Take a scenic chairlift ride 
  4. Pick up your Season Pass – receive a free poster
    1. If you already have your season pass we’ll give you a poster too!
  5. Enjoy some music and a beverage on the deck with Brad and friends with plenty of fire tables. 

For those of you wondering what happened to the 5k we opted not to host it as Iron Bull is doing an Ultra Trail Race (15k,25k,40k) that comes through Granite Peak and Rib Mountain as well.  We did not want to interfere or potentially have confusion for athletes so we decided to forego the event.  

Brad Saturdays in Historic for Winter

We made the decision this year to go with one primary apres entertainer for the season and that is going to be Brad Emanuel.  We love his music, his energy and he’s also local to Wausau.  Brad will be performing in Historic Chalet most Saturdays from 2pm – 6pm starting in December. 

Capital Updates 

The team has been working hard all summer long and projects are getting finalized this fall.  Our Administration Building has received an expansion and we now have a completely new entrance for Ski School with a larger space for Guest Services.  

The Tuning shop moved from the back (parking lot side) of the building to the front and will have it’s own entrance and window.  Tuning is also slated to open this Friday!  Make sure your skis are ready to go day one and visit Dustin and Aiden in the shop.  

The fire that took place in May is actively getting repaired and we’ve been working with WPS, Van Ert Electric and others to get our system back up and running.  That building may have had a small footprint but it was a pretty big part of our system.  Our snow surfaces manager Peter has been hard at work project managing getting all of our systems back up and operational by the time we wish to make snow which is only a few weeks away now!  

The Historic Bathrooms are also getting a complete facelift and upgrade.  The new lower level bathrooms will provide more stalls and easier access to guests from the base area.  

Five new SMI Tower Guns were already installed in the area of Sky High, Aspen, Lower Duskey, Miracle and Birch to help make snow in this wide open area where all of these trails converge under the Comet 6.  

Don’t forget that season passes are still on sale and you can score passes at their lowest prices now until October 15, 2022.  If you are interested in upgrading into a Legendary Season Pass (that now includes Snowriver Mountain Resort) we will be happy to do that for you.  If you purchased prior to April 30th the pass is $799 / Post April 30th $899.  Just pay the difference by calling our office at 715-845-2846.

Hope you can join us this weekend for some of the fun activities we have going on or in the near future.  Snowmaking is potentially less than 50 days away!  


A New Era in the U.P. – Snowriver Mountain Resort

Posted: Aug 30, 2022


Big Snow Resort, Indianhead & Blackjack Names to be Phased Out 

Duluth, Minnesota (August 29, 2022) – Charles Skinner, Jr. has completed the acquisition of the Big Snow Resort from Art Dumke. The purchase includes the two historic UP ski areas of Indianhead and Blackjack, plus restaurants, a hotel, and numerous guest service buildings.  

The resort name will transition to a new resort brand of Snowriver Mountain Resort, and the Blackjack and Indianhead base areas will be named after the two rivers flowing through the resort, Black River Basin (Blackjack) and Jackson Creek Summit (Indianhead).    (more…)


Posted: Aug 22, 2022

We are less than 100 days to go from our opening day target (November 23)
We are less than 75 days away from our anticipated snowmaking start up (Nov 1)
We are less than 40 days away from our fall season pass deadline of (September 30)
We are less than 20 days away from the start of scenic chairlift rides (September 10)
And for those of us who have youngsters and in the Wausau region – school starts next week.


A Mid-Summer Hello

Posted: Jul 18, 2022

We are over halfway through July, and August is in view! I hope this post finds you and your family enjoying the summer months. Maybe you are looking forward to our 85th winter season of skiing and riding on Rib Mountain!


The Wisconsin DNR Seeks Input on Non-Ski Activities within RMSP

Posted: Jun 9, 2022

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has made a draft document available for public comment on the future of the Rib Mountain State Park. This time around, as opposed to last year’s study, the written draft is 100% the efforts of Wisconsin from the DNR staff.

My goal is to present the highlights and offer direct links to what I found to be the most compelling and informative parts of the draft. What I am sharing is influenced by my point of view, and to fully understand the draft, I encourage you to read the whole thing. I had the luxury of being on a family vacation to Ohio when this came out. Thanks to Grandma, I enjoyed sever al peaceful mornings over coffee as I read it.  😉  (more…)

Welcome to the Family – Big Snow Resort

Posted: May 25, 2022

Owner of Granite Peak & Lutsen Mountains to Purchase Michigan’s Big Snow Resort

Charles Skinner, agrees to acquire the largest ski area in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  

Lutsen, MN, and Wausau, WI (May 25, 2022) – Charles Skinner, the owner of Minnesota’s Lutsen Mountains Ski Area and Wisconsin’s Granite Peak Ski Area, has a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Big Snow Resort, which consists of Indianhead and Blackjack ski areas, from Art Dumke. Skinner’s family has owned and operated vacation destination ski areas catering to Midwest families for 60 years.   (more…)

Celebrating the Season

Posted: May 19, 2022

National Ski Areas Association & Granite Peak celebrate amazing seasons!

Last week the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) celebrated its 60th season with a convention in one of the coolest cities I’ve ever been to – Nashville, TN. After a three-year break from in-person conventions, more than 800 industry leaders descended upon the world’s country music capital for four days packed with education, networking, and celebratory events. (more…)

Onto the 85th Season!

Posted: Apr 1, 2022

While we still have three more weekends to go I wanted to write and express my gratitude to our guests, passholders, our staff, ski patrol volunteers, GPST program participants and the local community for another fantastic season here at Granite Peak.  (more…)

Spring Operations

Posted: Mar 24, 2022

Spring can be awesome.  It also can be finicky.  It can also be wintery.  The saying goes March comes in like a Lion and out like a lamb.  April showers bring May flowers.  Etc.  It all can happen once we hit that Spring Equinox.  (more…)

Season Passholder Weekend

Posted: Mar 8, 2022

This upcoming weekend is all about our Season Passholders!  All Passes Gold, Silver and Bronze are valid this weekend and we will be rolling out the red carpet.  Not only do we now have Demo Day going on but we’ll have plenty of other options for our passholders to enjoy. (more…)