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Wisconsin's Tyrol Basin Is Expanding

Tyrol-Basin-Facebook-picture-2 3) Heading up the slopes in early season. (Facebook)

Tyrol Basin, located in the Wisconsin hill country southwest of the State Capital, went through an ownership change last season when new owner Nathan McGee bought the ski area in 2018. One of the older ski areas in the Badger State it first opened in 1958. Tyrol was also one of the first ski areas in the state to enthusiastically welcome snowboarders and is still considered one of the top places to ride.

Tyrol is opening for the season this weekend. Hours are 4-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

McGee has been busy transforming the ski hill and giving it a much-needed update after an excellent first season according to an article in the Wisconsin State Journal. He pointed out that timely winter weather and an edgy marketing campaign with billboards last season around nearby Madison that proclaimed the ski hill to be 'totally bitchin', really helped.It was one of the best seasons ever for Tyrol in terms of both visits and revenue.

Two new runs, added over the off-season, bring the total number to 17 runs serviced by three chairs and two surface tows. There are five terrain parks of various difficulty levels. They also opened the restaurant year-round and added disk golf, which kept them busy during the off-season.

New for this season is the addition of a 15-20 lane tubing hill with lights for nighttime operation and a conveyor lift to get tubers up the hill. It also includes a 4,000-square-foot building to provide a warming place and concessions for visitors. The building will also include a wall of windows overlooking the tubing hill. The new facility will be located beyond the upper parking lot.

Tyrol first opened 61 years ago on a farm with a dairy barn converted into a chalet. It started with just one rope tow, adding a T-bar in 1961 and the first chairlift three years later. It closed for three seasons in 1986 and reopened three years later under new ownership. Over the years it had expanded slowly and again went on the market in 2017.

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