HOW TO HAVE A FANTASTIC FAMILY VACATION ON A BUDGET
Granite Peak Editor
Family ski trips are loads of fun, but they shouldn’t max out the credit cards. Instead of flying off to a big resort out West, consider a car ride to one of the best ski destinations in the Midwest.
Granite Peak Ski Area is about 4 hours away from Chicago, while Minneapolis and Milwaukee are around 3 hours away. Not a bad jaunt for a fun and affordable ski weekend.
Find the Best Ski Deals
Early Season. When you’re searching for ski trip specials, the earlier you plan the better. Early season at Granite Peak lasts until December 19th and then prices switch to regular season rates.
Thanksgiving. This is the perfect time for new skiers to get out and learn the sport with a package deal that includes lift tickets, rentals and access to the new Teach Yourself Terrain Area, which lets you ease into freestyling at a comfortable pace. Instead of throwing yourself into uncharted territory, this 5-step program lets you try out terrain park features on a smaller scale as instructors are ready to help.
Family Fest. You really can’t beat the savings (and fun) bundled into family ski packages, especially during Family Fest weekends. They include multi-day lift tickets, lodging, free rentals and fireworks. What could be better than all that for a family-friendly vacation?
Holidays. If you’re considering skiing for winter break, make sure to plan early for getting the most savings during Christmas break or New Year’s Eve. Holiday breaks are always an exciting time at Granite Peak with visits from Santa and other special activities.
Late Season. Off-peak times are also ideal for saving cash, plus the days are longer and the weather is usually warmer. March ski deals are cost-effective at Granite Peak, while April has the largest discounts during the first two weekends of the month.
On-Site Rental Shop
Families new to skiing will find that renting equipment is an economical way to get started. You become familiar with boots and bindings so you’ll know what to look for when you’re ready to buy. Granite Peak’s rental shop is located near the park entrance and offers state-of-the-art equipment that’s tuned and set to go.
Granite Peak Ski Area is located in Rib Mountain State Park, a local treasure in every season. It’s right off of I-39 in the town of Rib Mountain with many surrounding hotels, restaurants and stores. Everything you could want is nearby and you won’t have to deal with traffic jams. It’s a pretty laid back ski town where good times, great food and reasonable prices are easy to come by.
Aprés Ski Savings
After working up an appetite, you’ll be ready to relax over a delicious meal. The Wausau area is filled with ample options from Italian to American cuisine. And if you’re a couponer, there are several sources around town with restaurant and specialty shop discounts, including MoneySaverMagazine.com.
Check the forecast for frigid temperatures so you bring extra layers and accessories like hand and boot warmers. Also, keep a checklist to avoid forgetting things at home. But if the snow pants get left behind, no worries, there’s a ski shop at Granite Peak and a Wal-Mart minutes away.
Your ski vacation will be a blast for the whole family if you book early, sign your waivers, set a budget, and plan ahead.