Wisconsin ski resorts are getting into the spring spirit this month with lots of events and lift and lodging packages. It’s a great month to get out and enjoy the slopes with presumably a little warmth finally in the air after the bitterly cold winter.
Granite Peak, the state’s largest ski area with a 700-foot vertical and two high-speed lifts, is hosting Family Festival this weekend, March 7-9, and its two-week, season ending Avalanche Days starting March 24.
Family Festival Weekend Packages start from $525 for a family of four and includes two nights lodging, two day lift tickets, ski and snowboard rental for the entire family, horse drawn wagon rides, a Saturday night bonfire and fireworks display.
Avalanche Days two-week spring festival normally offers some of the best skiing and riding of the season with longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures. Lifts will be running daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m. There will be a daily petting zoo for the kids, fun and games each day, live music and entertainment, free child ski and snowboard rental with the purchase of an adult/child combo ticket, and dining and lodging specials taking place at area restaurants and motels and hotels.
It’s $15 off day lift tickets, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Night lift tickets, 4-9 p.m., are $18, and free ski rental and $10 snowboard rental available daily 4-9 p.m. The season ends on Sunday, April 6.
Lodging specials midweek, stay one night and get the second night free, and weekends stay and ski Friday and Saturday and get Sunday free.
Devil’s Head Resort, Located in the scenic and rugged Baraboo Highlands, is hosting its St. Patrick’s Irish Festival, March 15-16. The weekend is full of Irish fun with drink specials, food and a scavenger hunt. Find the pot of gold and turn it in to win a 4-pack of lift tickets, good through next season.
Weekend packages start from $346 per person and include lodging on Friday and Saturday nights or on Saturday, Sunday nights, your choice, two breakfasts or lunches, two dinners, and three days of skiing or riding. The Chicagoland Express Package starts from $298 per person, and includes Friday, Saturday night lodging, a large three-topping pizza upon arrival, lift tickets, breakfast or lunch each day and dinner in the resort’s Cornucopia Room Saturday night.
Tyrol Basin will continue offering $12 Tuesdays through season end, which includes $12 lift tickets, $12 unlimited air bag jumps, $12 rentals, $12 beginner lessons for 6 and up with last lesson at 7 p.m.
Nordic Mountain is hosting Hawaiian Weekend this weekend, March 8-9, and St. Patty’s Weekend, March 15-16. Both events feature a 50-foot pond skim and food and drink specials. Wear your Hawaiian leis, and may the luck o’ the Irish be with you. Tuesday night is Men’s Night featuring $16 lift tickets and $16 rentals. The same rates apply all day Friday for the ladies when it’s Ladies Day.
Wilmot Mountain is hosting its annual Winter Carnival the weekend of March 15-16, with lots of activities planned for the whole family to enjoy. The US Air Bag will be back this weekend, March 7-9, with the Winter Demo Tour. Buy your tickets online and avoid the registration line and possible sell out.
Little Switzerland is holding its annual Spring Splash this weekend. The prize goes to the last man or women left standing. The spectator friendly event starts at 3 p.m.
Photo: The view is great heading up Devil's Head in Wisconsin (Devil's Head)