Wisconsin's Trollhaugen Making Major Improvements
One of the Badger State's oldest ski areas, Trollhaugen, continues to make improvements. It was the fourth ski area to open in Wisconsin in 1950. Only Granite Peak, 1937, Wilmot Mountain in 1938, and Mont Du LacMo, 1948 came before it. Located just across the Wisconsin/Minnesota border the storied ski area has long been a favorite for Twin Cities skiers and riders, which is about 50 minutes northeast of downtown.
Last season saw an interest in snow sports and outdoor recreation that Trollhaugen hadn't seen in their 70 years of being open, according to the owners. While staying true to the smaller down-home ski area image that has endeared them to area skiers and the continued interest in snowsports they decided to embark on a three-phase, multi-year terrain expansion project that began last summer. The new terrain being added will enhance the experience for all ability levels.
This past summer they removed the old two-person single-speed chair 1 and installed a new variable speed four-person chairlift that greatly improved uphill capacity. They also began clearing three new trails on the east side of the summit area and are and adding snowmaking. This coming summer will see them finish that project with lighting being added to the new runs. The summer of 2023 they plan on adding another new, variable three-person chairlift on the southeast side of the summit area and add more new trails in that area.
Trollhaugen currently offers 24 trails, nine lifts, four terrain parks, 10 snow tubing lanes, a 2.5km cross country trail, and an all-season zip line park. On Friday nights throughout the season, they remain open until 3 a.m. with live music in the lounge.
It's been called a time machine, hearkening back to the Heartland's older, smaller ski areas, and a true Midwest gem.