Our General Manager talks about our plans for the upcoming 2020/2021 season and how we'll all be on the slopes having fun while playing safe inside & out....
Granite Peakers -
My family and I have barely been here a few weeks, and already, we feel at home. We jumped right in, exploring the bounty at the Wausau Farmers Market and attending the Helene's Hilltop Orchard & farm opening. My family felt entirely safe while we navigated the outdoor space and the other guests. I'm confident our team can deliver the same peace of mind to you and your family this winter.
What will the season look like? Our objective at Granite Peak is to deliver the legendary winter experience you deserve. We are focused on the core recreation of skiing & snowboarding this year. Events will be toned down and some may not happen at all, but we are looking into providing entertainment outside of just skiing & riding throughout the season. We are actively collaborating with the National Ski Areas Association, local organizations like Marathon County Department of Health, and the Department of Natural Resources to build our winter policies and guidelines.
The more time we spend outdoors, the easier it will be to enjoy the season safely—eating and drinking outside, putting our bags in our cars, and limiting the amount of time we are inside if we do need to take a break.
Socially distance (which for skiing will be pretty easy)
Wear masks and gloves
Ski instructors, ski patrol, and lift attendants will all be in masks, gloves, and goggles.
Staggered times for lessons, rental pick ups and programs are more than likely.
Other than waiting in lift lines, you'll always be moving on the slopes and chairlifts in the fresh Wisconsin air. The RFID technology at Granite Peak means you don't have to touch or exchange cards very much.
Indoors, we will ask guests to wear masks and to limit this time to warm up quickly, have a bite to eat, or visit the bathroom. Tables and chairs will be separated, and standing in lines to purchase anything, will require social distancing.
One of Granite's best assets is our outdoor dining facilities! Our team is also improving our seating areas that feature great heaters on the Historic Deck. You'll find additional fire elements, seating, and options throughout our base area and on the Sundance Deck.
We are still assessing chalet operations and how to accommodate you best. The Sundance Chalet features a brand new bar and traffic flow through our cafeteria. We are continuing to explore enhancing this area for our guests along with our food options for the upcoming season.
Will any of these things impact tickets? Our season pass holders will always have the first right to ski or ride. We'll ask our pass holders to inform us, through a reply or a link, if they plan to visit on holidays and/or peak periods. There will be no charge, no additional fee.
There will be times when we'll have to set daily ticket limits, so we encourage advanced tickets. The goal is to operate our facilities as close to normal as possible, and if we haven't sold out, ticket windows will open.
What about Season Passes? Our Season Passes are on sale, and they are a guarantee for you to be on the slopes when you want.
New Value Pass. A new, lower-priced pass product than ever before gives those who want to ski on the least crowded days more incentive to purchase. This pass is valid Sunday - Friday on non-holiday days and starts at $299. Perfect for retirees and families looking to avoid large crowds.
Season Pass Assurance Plan. All passes purchased before the September 30th deadline have a free plan that allows a full refund before opening day with no questions asked.
Season Pass Protection Plan. For a small fee, you can also add Granite Peak's Protection Plan, which gives you another level of refund options during the season for peace of mind.
WE ARE ASKING YOU TO WORK WITH US!
The actions we take are in the interest of keeping people safe and abiding by what is authorized by the State & the Governor's office. I'm like you and I want to have as much fun as possible. I guarantee that our team will do everything in its power to ensure you are on the slopes this winter and having a blast like you always have. All you need to do is stay healthy and be ready.
As a Granite Peak guest, we know you are the best, and kindly ask that you respect our team and everyone!
Wash your hands
Have a mask handy
Be prepared to be outside
Dress in layers
Buy tickets & products in advance
Be kind to others
Wear a mask now so that you can wear one this winter. I'll see you on the slopes if not sooner, as our scenic chairlift rides are now open. Our office is also open seven days a week for passes and other inquiries. I'm here most of the time and would love to meet you, so don't be shy.
Gregory Fisher General Manager & Marketing Director
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General Manager, Marketing Guy, Skier, Husband, Father, Friend of the Outdoors.