12/28/2011 12:20 pm ET | Updated Jan 05, 2012

Alpine Valley Resort: A Huffington Post Travel Ski Resort Guide

Alpine Valley Resort in Wisconsin is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Alpine Valley Resort, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.

The Basics

Alpine Valley Resort is located in southeastern Wisconsin just off Interstate 43 on Highway D in Elkhorn. It's about 40 miles from Milwaukee and General Mitchell International Airport, 65 miles from Madison and about 90 miles from Chicago and O'Hare International Airport. Alpine Valley is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the week and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. Visitors can take advantage of on-slope lodging in a European motif and secluded location.

The Mountain

With 90 acres of skiable terrain, Alpine Valley's longest run is 2,500 feet and its vertical drop is 388 feet. Its base elevation is 1,020 feet and its top elevation is 1,260 feet. The mountain, which sees about 45 inches of snow annually and also benefits from man-made snow, typically offers 120 days of skiing per season, beginning in December. Nighttime skiing is available, and the 14- to 20-inch base is packed powder and machine groomed.

Trails And Lifts

Alpine Valley Resort lists 20 trails on its website. Seven of these are rated as easy runs, seven are of average difficulty and six are rated most difficult. The Valley View easy trail operates a Quad E-Z Rider lift, and the more difficult Cut Throat and E-Z-Pass runs feature quad lifts as well. Mohawk Terrain Park includes C rail, flat box, handrail, flat rail and roller features as well as two jumps. Shelter Terrain Park has two jumps and several roller features. Billing itself as the place to "ski the best in the Midwest," Alpine Valley claims to be the only resort in the Midwest with three high-speed quad lifts and four Wonder Carpets. It does not allow sledding or cross-country skiing.

In The News

Alpine Valley Resort recently opened three high-speed quad lifts and created winter special packages, including a Learn to Snowboard Package for kids ages 10 and up and a midweek Adult Learn to Ski Package for those 18 and up. Weekend packages for younger kids are also available, as well as private and semi-private lessons for all ability levels. New ski-and-hotel packages include unlimited day and evening lift tickets, on-slope lodging, meals and entertainment in the Valley View Lounge.


Season passes for Alpine Valley are $489. Weekday lift rates range from $29 for a day pass for beginners to $46 for a full day, open-to-close pass for all areas. Weekend and holiday rates range from $38 to $52. Equipment rental at $24 includes skis, boots and poles, or a snowboard and boots; helmets are $10. Children 6 and under pay half-price lift and rental rates. Alpine Valley also offers group rates for businesses or organizations with 15 or more adult skiers.


After a day on the slopes, Alpine Valley Resort visitors can enjoy dinner at the on-site Alpine Dining Room or cocktails at the Valley View Lounge. An indoor pool and whirlpool are available to guests of the lodge. There's also nightly entertainment in the lounge. Nearby Elkhorn boasts small-town amenities, including dining and antique shopping.

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