While Wisconsin may not be known for its mountains, that doesn't mean fans of snow sports can't find a few slopes on which to ski, sled, and snowboard. Skiing and snowboarding spots within 125 miles (about two hours of drive time) of Milwaukee make for a great day trip. Enjoy hitting the powder and still be back home in time to enjoy an après-ski in front of your own fireplace.
Located in Portage, near Wisconsin Dells, Cascade is one of the most popular spots to ski and snowboard in the state. Features include skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing, and runs to fit all skill levels. Distance from Milwaukee: 100 miles
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday. Snowtubing and holiday hours differ, be sure to verify times before visiting.
Location: W10441 Cascade Mountain Rd., Portage, WI 53901. Phone: 800-992-2754
Located in Wisconsin Dells, Christmas Mountain Village is a resort that features a ski hill in winter. A great place to go with the family during a weekend in the Dells, or a great spot for beginners. Distance from Milwaukee: 125 miles
Hours: Noon - 9 p.m. Monday - Friday; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday & Holidays.
Location: Christmas Mountain Village, S944 Christmas Mountain Rd., Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965. Phone: (608) 254-3971
Devil's Head Ski Resort boasts that it's got "500 vertical feet of excitement." Devil's Head sits on top of one of the highest "mountains" in Wisconsin. Distance from Milwaukee: 115 miles
Hours: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday.
Location: S6330 Bluff Rd., Merrimac, WI 53561. Phone: 608- 493-2251
Located in Lake Geneva, this resort is another family-friendly option or a great place for those who are strapping on the skis or the snowboard for the first time. The resort also features a half-pipe and terrain park. Distance from Milwaukee: 60 miles
Hours: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday through Monday, noon - 10 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday.
Location: 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, WI 53147. Phone: 262-248-8811
The Rock is located in Franklin, which it makes it the closest option for many Milwaukee-area skiers and snowboarders. The property features a lodge, plus runs for snowboarders, snow tubers and skiers. There is a heavy emphasis on jumps and other fun terrain park features. Distance from Milwaukee: 15 miles
Hours: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 4 - 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.
Location: 7900 West Crystal Ridge Dr., Franklin, WI 53132. Phone: 414-529-7676
Close to Milwaukee, Sunburst offers an all-around experience with a half pipe and terrain park. In addition to the ski runs, there are plenty of cross-country trails to escape the crowds. Distance from Milwaukee: 45 miles
Hours: 4 - 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. -9 p.m. Sunday.
Location: 8355 Prospect Drive, Kewaskum, WI 53040. Phone: 262-626-8404
Located just west of Madison, Tyrol Basin is a no-frills place to ski and snowboard. This operation is relatively inexpensive and features a variety of runs for all skill levels. Distance from Milwaukee: 110 miles
Hours: 10 .m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 9 .m. Saturday and Sunday.
Location: 3487 Bohn Rd., Mt. Horeb, WI 53572. Phone: 608-437-4754
Located very close to the Wisconsin and Illinois border, Wilmot Mountain offers 25 trails, a terrain park, and halfpipe, plus a tubing hill. The runs suit all variety of skill levels. Distance from Milwaukee: 50 miles
Hours: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Location: 11931 Fox River Rd., Wilmot, WI 53192 Phone: 262- 862-2301