Tyrol Basin! That's it!
I was checking their website out. Seems they've added a few more runs and lifts in the nearly 30 years since I was last there!
I remember seeing the commercials on TV for Alpine Valley all the time during the winter, especially as it was the closest one to Beloit, where I am originally from. Unfortunately, my parents were not skiers by any stretch of the imagination, and the only reason we even got to go to Tyrol Basin that one time was because my father knew the guy that owned it at the time and got us hooked up with some free skiing there. Alas, I've never got to ski Alpine Valley or Cascade mountain, although one of my older brothers did as part of a group outing. The only reason I was able to ski as much in PA when we moved out there was because I was able to cross-county ski to the little ski area we had there and then change into alpine gear to go downhill skiing. And man, some of the snow dumps we'd get in to that little place. We spent more time skiing through the woods than we did on the actual slope!
Now, that Granite Peak, which I've never even knew about! That place looks like it would just about be worth making a special trip out for! Over 70 runs on some 700+ feet of vertical, with a ton of tree skiing and some pretty sweet looking expert terrain and moguls! From looking at the trail map
, that place looks like it could even put Snowshoe and Seven Springs to shame! And believe me, having lived in Wisconsin, I know all to well about some of the dumps that could be had, but it could also get brutally cold as well (20 below anyone? Before Windchill?