Nordic Mountain 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 Nordic Mountain, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsThe ski area is located in the heart of Wisconsin, 80 miles southwest of Green Bay and the Austin Straubel International Airport, and eight miles northeast of downtown Wautoma. Nordic Mountain at Mount Morris in Wild Rose draws many families and school groups looking for winter fun in a country setting. In addition to Alpine skiing and snowboarding, the small mountain offers snow tubing and cross-country skiing. It's an ideal destination for first-timers, novices and intermediates, with a few runs for advanced and expert skiers.
The MountainWith a 1,137-foot summit and a vertical drop of just 265 feet, Nordic Mountain is a small resort, with the most to offer for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Though it's not a big mountain, it has some challenging runs, and the longest trail is one mile long. The average annual snowfall on Mount Morris is 80 inches, which is supplemented by the resort's snowmaking capabilities. The projected 90-day winter season includes extended hours for New Year's week and the long Martin Luther King Day and Presidents Day weekends.
Trails And LiftsNordic Mountain has two chairlifts (one triple and one double) and four surface lifts. Of the 14 trails, 65 percent are for beginners or intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Slightly more than 20 percent of the runs are advanced, with the remaining 14 percent double-black-diamond expert trails. A learning area and a children's area are designated for slow skiing. Nordic also has tubing runs and three terrain parks geared toward different abilities, with plenty of the rails, jumps and features for freestylers. There is night skiing and snowboarding daily.
In The NewsNordic Mountain holds its annual Winterfest the second weekend in February. Highlights of the family-friendly event include the Style and Air Competition, where area freestyle snowboarders and skiers show their stuff. Other events and activities include a scavenger hunt and cardboard-box races. The resort holds other special events throughout the season, including a Hawaiian-themed weekend in March.
CostNordic Mountain boasts some of the most affordable skiing in the Midwest, with a regular all-day weekend or holiday lift ticket costing $38 for ages 13 and older, and $26 for kids 12 and younger and seniors 60 and older. On weekdays, the adult price is just $22 or $17 from 4:30 p.m. to close. Tubing costs $14 for two hours and $19 for three hours, including tube rental. Daily weeknight specials are offered throughout the season, including Ladies' Night, Men's Night and College Night, all boasting $14 lift tickets. Season passes, group rates and multiday packages are available. Adult ski or board rentals start at $22 for weeknights, with discounts for kids and seniors. Lessons start at $35 per person for group lessons. Private lessons are also available.
Apres-SkiNordic Mountain is a basic ski area with a small lodge where guests may grab a small bite to eat and warm up with a hot drink. For other apres-ski activities, guests must venture into town. Wild Rose, Wisconsin, is the home of the Wild Rose Pioneer Museum, where families step back in time and learn how early European immigrants in Wisconsin lived. Nearby Wautoma offers a variety of restaurants, from fast food to fine dining, as well as shopping and cultural attractions.
WATCH: Nordic Mountain
Skiers and snowboarders participate in Nordic Mountain's 2011 Spring Jam.