Granite Peak Ski Area
|Granite Peak Ski Resort|
|Location||Rib Mountain CDP, Town of Rib Mountain, Marathon County, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|Vertical||700 ft (213 m)|
|Top elevation||1,950 ft (594 m)|
|Base elevation||1,250 ft (381 m)|
|Lift system||7 total
- 1 high-speed six chairlift,
- 2 high-speed quad chairlift,
- 2 triple chairs,
- 2 magic carpet
Granite Peak Ski Resort is a ski area located in Rib Mountain State Park in the Town of Rib Mountain, Marathon County, Wisconsin, south of Wausau. It features 74 runs and 6 terrain parks as of 2011 and boasts a vertical drop of 700 feet (213 m). Granite Peak is the third tallest ski area in the Midwest, after Mount Bohemia (900 ft.) in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Lutsen Mountain (825 ft.) on Minnesota's north shore of Lake Superior. It is ten miles (16 km) north-northeast of Central Wisconsin Airport.
When the ski area opened on the slopes of Rib Mountain in 1937, it was one of the first ski areas in North America. Stowe in Vermont had opened a few years earlier in 1934. Sun Valley in Idaho had become the nation's first ski resort in the western states in 1936.
Skiing on Rib Mountain has been expanded significantly since 2000 when Granite Peak Ski Area took over ski area operations, increasing to 74 runs, with seven new chairlifts and a new base village.
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