Top Five Family Runs In Midwest
The Heartland is known for its family skiing and time together on the slopes, but, as often the case, family members take off in different directions. It’s not always easy to find slopes that can accommodate all members, but SnoCountry has found five resorts with runs that can keep all members interested and together.
Nubs Nob has Pintail Peak, a separate area with nice long slopes that offer plenty of variety for all family members. On weekends and holidays it has its own day lodge complete with food and libations. It makes it easy for family members to enjoy skiing and riding together, and the slopes are normally not as crowded as the front side. It offers lots of blue slopes, long green runs and even a couple of glades for the hotshots.
Shanty Creek offers green, blue and black runs from the top of Schuss Mountain on all lifts. Family members of different ability levels can easily keep each other in sight and ride lifts together. Long green trails snaking around the outside of Schuss Mountain delight beginner skiers. You can end up at Cedar River Village for lunch at the River Bistro or Schuss Mountain Village at Ivan’s; lots of choices for your day trip.
Devils Head Resort has one of the best green runs in the Midwest. Two runs linked together stretch over a mile from the top, and it takes two lifts to get up. The top run is a meadow that links to the lower run. There’s a nicely pitched advanced slope and a linked blue run also accessed from the first lift heading up to the top. Views of the scenic Wisconsin River Valley from the top have long made this a favorite for Badger State ski resort.
Giants Ridge offers a nice variety of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs off their new high-speed Sarajevo Express lift. The beginner trails have slope enough to make an enjoyable downhill run for most ability levels, but there are also intermediate and advanced runs. You can ride the lift together, and the new Burnt Onion Restaurant and Brew Pub, next to the lift, makes a nice family stop for lunch.
Lutsen Mountains, the Heartland’s largest ski resort in both vertical rise and skiable acreage, offers incredible views of Lake Superior and fantastic terrain. There are four mountains and over 90 runs to choose from, but families with a variety of ability levels should limit themselves to Eagle and Ullr Mountains. They sit next to each other and are joined at the hip. Ullr is a beginner’s delight with a slope enough to keep intermediates interested. Eagle is an advanced skier’s delight, and the day lodge is convenient for both mountains.