Cascade Mountain

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Cascade Mountain
United States
Phone: 608 742-5588

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About the Ski Resort

When you think about skiing out West, you might imagine lots of snow, long trails bordered with pine trees, and fresh powder. Snowboarders and freeskiers have images of terrain parks, halfpipes, and the latest feature to hit ski areas- Superpipes. Cascade Mountain in Wisconsin is a slice of Western life, right here in the Midwest.

Situated in the Baraboo Bluff region of south-central Wisconsin, Cascade's north-facing slopes offer real skiing variety. Some of the 34 trails, like the Mogul Monster, are steep and challenging to any skier, while trails like Adele's Alley are over a mile long and fun for beginners and cruisers. Getting to the top of the mountain is fast and easy with ten lifts, including the high-speed Mountain Express quad chairlift.

Snowboarding and freeskiing are the rage out West and at Cascade Mountain. Cascade caters to the adventurous type with four terrain parks, a halfpipe and the only Superpipe in the Midwest. Terrain parks are areas with manmade fun features like jumps and steel rails to slide on. Cascade constructed over 30 acres of terrain parks, with over ten jumps and 20 rails. The learning park has small jumps and rails, while Cascade's Superpark has very challenging features like America's longest S-rail (it's curved, and if you ride it all you'll get a free season pass), a big-air jump and the new Superpipe. According to Cascade Parks Director, Duane Pruuel, the Superpipe at Cascade one-ups the offerings out West. "Our Superpipe is 600 feet long. It's 100 feet longer, and just as steep, as the superpipe used for the Winter X Games in Aspen", says Pruuel. "Our park crew is also working on some new play spots for our Superpark that will totally blow you away this year", he added.

Fresh powder in Wisconsin every weekend? That's exactly what Cascade Mountain plans to give its customers this season. "We call it the Perfect Storm", says Rob Walz, Mountain Manager. "Whenever possible, we're going to make light snow on our expert North Wall trail on Friday and Saturday nights. We'll leave it ungroomed so people can make fresh tracks on the Wall first thing in the morning."

One thing Cascade doesn't have is those "out-West prices". There are money-saving specials every weekday. Seniors ski for $15 on weekdays. The popular "Two-Fer Tuesday" remains with two lift tickets for the price of one. "Women's Wednesday" allow women to ski for $15, plus attend special lessons designed especially for women. Thursday is "Student Day" with $15 lift tickets for all students. And on Friday's, Cascade is the place to be with weekly pipe jams and rail jams.

Cascade Mountain expects their state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment (they recently invested another $2 million in the Midwest's only automatic system) to allow them to open on November 19th. The kick-off event for the season is the annual "Turkey Jam" on November 25th. They have planned several other special events this year, like the New Year's Eve All-Night Ski Party (ski until 4am) and the Midwest Open. The Open is a two-day superpipe competition that will be held March 4-5. It's the largest event of its kind in the Midwest, a large cash purse. Two weeks after the ski area closes for the season, Cascade will host the World Snowmobile Association hillcross races on March 25-26. The hillcross race is open to competitors and spectators.

Knowing that skiing or snowboarding isn't everyone's cup of tea, Cascade Mountain added a snowtubing park. Tubing is fun and easy, and no experience is required. The snowtubing park has four tubing chutes, each about 800 feet long. And no more walking to the top of the tubing hill, as Cascade's tubing park has surface lifts to take you back up for another ride.

Overnight guests have a variety of lodging options near Cascade Mountain. A phone call to Cascade Mountain's Lodging Service can set you up with vacation packages that include lift tickets, lodging, food and lessons. Wisconsin Dells is just a few minutes away, and you can add the fun of America's largest and best indoor waterparks to your skiing vacation.

Cascade Mountain is conveniently located on Interstate 90/94 near Portage, Wisconsin. It's a 15-minute drive to Wisconsin Dells, 30-minutes to Madison, 90-minutes to Milwaukee and less than 3 hours from Chicago. For further information, visit their website at The website has up-to-the-minute snow conditions and special events. Or call them toll-free at (800) 992-2SKI.

Ski resort area details

Alpine Skiing: Yes
Night Skiing: Yes
Heli-Skiing: No
Snowcat Skiing: No
Snowboarding: No
Snowshoe trails: No
Snow tubing: Yes

 Easiest:  30 %

 More Difficult:  30 %

 Most Difficult:  40 %

 Experts only:  --

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Pace of Play: Pace of play: 0
Money Value: Money value: 0
Tees: Tees: 0
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Mountain Statistics

Base elevation:  820 ft
Summit elevation:  1,280 ft
Vertical drop:  460 ft
Skiable area:  135 acres
Annual snowfall:  40 in
Snowmaking:  100 %
Number of trails:  34
Number of lifts:  10
Types of lifts:  2 Surface Lifts in Tubing Park,
 1 Magic Carpet,
 1 Surface Lift,
 2 Double Chairs,
 3 Triple Chairs,
 2 Quad Chairs,
 1 Hi-Speed Quad

Ski Resort Services

Childcare  No
Adaptive skier:  No
Nearby lodging:  No
Ski lessons:  Yes
Snowboard lessons:  Yes
Ski rentals:  Yes
Snowboard rentals:  Yes

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Cascade Mountain map

Ski Resort directions

From the City of Madison, travel N on I-90/94, then take Exit 106 to Hwy 33 traveling W, turn left on Cascade Mtn Rd to the ski area.