Insider’s Guide: Whitecap Mountain Resort
Whitecap Mountains is tucked next to Weber Lake in northern Wisconsin’s rugged Ponokee Mountain range. The resort’s day lodge with the clock tower and Swiss motif went up in flames last January, but they were able to stay open.
The resort has been busy rebuilding and will be fully functional this season with a new rental and ticket building, and the hotel has a new dining and bar area to serve patrons. Look for more improvements over the next few years as Whitecap continues to rebuild under the new ownership that had just taken over last season. The future looks bright.
The hotel has a new cafe and lounge. Don’t miss a stop at the Wine Hut, an 1880’s logger’s cabin at the bottom of Thunderhead Mountain on Weber Lake. Off property check out in nearby Hurley the popular Liberty Bell Chalet for Italian and Iron Nugget for steak.
The Whitecap Mountain Hotel has an indoor swimming pool, hydro spa, multilevel suites, and micro-kitchen units. There are also mountain chalets and condos available.
Over 40 trails spill off three mountain peaks, some to the edge of scenic Weber Lake. Whitecap Mountain’s front side offers novice and intermediate slopes. The backside trails connect to the rest of the ski area. Three sides of Thunderhead Mountain offer a nice collection of trails. Tree-lined cruisers twist and turn down to Weber Lake and the south face is home to a huge expanse of beginner terrain. New this season on Thunderhead’s north face will be glade runs heading down to Weber Lake. Eagle’s Nest Mountain offers the toughest runs; western-like, boulder-laden, mostly black and double-black narrow runs. An easier mile-long run around the outer portion of Eagle Nest offers a great cruising run with some nice S turns.
The $275 Decimal Pass Premium is a 10 punch card with no blackout dates. Each punch is good for a daily lift ticket, and the card is transferable.
Take a stroll down Hurley’s historic Silver Street, once the hangout for notorious gangsters like Al Capone, Baby Face Nelson, and Dillinger. It’s best at night, still somewhat notorious but safe to stroll.