The long range forecast looks good for a snowy holiday across the Heartland, and the good news for skiers and snowboarders is some destination ski resorts are offering lift and lodging deals through the holidays.
Shanty Creek kicks off the holiday period with Sardine Day, Friday, Dec. 20. Pack as many friends as you can into your car, it’s $49 per car load. No busses please. Ski/ride Christmas Day with Santa for free. Shanty asks that you bring non-perishable food items, winter clothing or household items to benefit the Father Fred Foundation. Try out the latest gear on Demo Day at Schuss Mountain, Monday, Dec. 30, from 9 a.m-4 p.m.
New Year’s Eve ski and ride for free on Summit slopes, 6:30-11 p.m. Enjoy fireworks over the slopes at midnight. An adult New Year's Eve party takes place at Schuss’ Ivan’s Mountainside Grill. There’s a $5 cover charge. A family party and dinner will be held in the Lakeview Hotel and Conference Center at the Summit. Adults, $55, seniors, $53, children (6-12) $20, and children five and under are free.
Lift and lodging holiday packages, Dec. 26-Jan. 3 start from $161 per adult, per night, based on double occupancy. It includes lodging, lift tickets and breakfast. A three-night stay is required.
Crystal Mountain hosts 5-for-$50 Day, Friday, Dec. 20. Bring five friends and you all ski and ride for the day. The resort will be holding Santa NASTAR at 1 p.m. Dec. 24. Throughout the holidays there will be fat tire bike tours, dog sled rides, and horse drawn surrey rides. Santa visits the Inn at the Mountain from 6-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. The resort features live entertainment throughout the holidays. Demo day takes place Saturday, Dec. 29. New Year’s Eve parties culminate with a torchlight parade and fireworks over the slopes.
Unlimited Ski & Ride Packages start from $139 per adult, per night. Children eight and under sleep, ski/ride and eat breakfast free when staying with adults. Spend four nights and get a fifth night free Dec. 25-Jan. 3.
Brule has daily night skiing and riding throughout the holidays. There’s a tree decorating social, marshmallow roasts, live music nightly in the Brule Saloon, tubing and sleigh rides, a New Year’s dinner and Homestead BBQs on selected nights. A torchlight parade followed by fireworks takes place New Year’s Eve at 9 p.m. Holiday lodging rates start from $138 for two people. A two-night minimum stay is required.
Wisconsin’s Devil’s Head Resort is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration. The cost is $498 per person, which includes three nights of lodging, three dinners in the Cornucopia Room (one of my favorite Midwest resort restaurants), two breakfasts or lunches if you’re a late riser, a Strawberry Champagne Brunch New Year’s Day, daily lift tickets, and a free bottle of champagne. Children can be added for $211. There are live bands, a torchlight parade followed by fireworks, and a kid’s night out party so parents can enjoy themselves New Year’s Eve.
Alpine Valley, in the southeastern part of the Badger State, offers a New Year’s Eve lift and lodging package from $157 per person, based on double occupancy. It includes one night’s lodging, dinner, breakfast and two days of unlimited skiing and riding. A two-night package starts from $314 per person including three days on the slopes. The resort offers three high-speed lifts and slopeside lodging.
Chestnut Mountain offers several holiday lift and lodging packages. The Holiday Ski Package, from $379 per person, based on double occupancy, additional people $229 each, includes two nights of lodging, two breakfasts or lunches, one dinner, lift tickets, and a group lesson. It’s available Dec. 21-29. A two-day New Year’s Eve Package, $429 per person, available Dec. 30–Jan. 1, includes lodging, two breakfasts and lunches, one dinner, lift tickets, and group lesson. A three-day package is available for $529 each. A Late Holiday package, available Jan. 1-4, is $248 per person, based on double occupancy, includes two nights lodging and lift tickets.
Photo: Skiing Santa (Shanty Creek)