Archive for the ‘Ski’ Category


November 14, 2008

I did it! I went at lunch today and got fitted for my skis. A season long rental. I got to take the poles with me, and I can go pick up the skis next week. YAY! I will be ready for that first snow.

Paying for it hurt a little bit. $168 after tax. And now I’m committed to going, which means buying lift tickets. I know I could use that money for other things, but I wanted this so badly! I haven’t skied for the past two years, and I don’t want to let about 14 years of practice go down the tubes. I have to go about 5-7 times to make this rental worth it, but I plan to go much more than that. There’s a two-three day ski trip with some friends in January. There’s good deals on night skiing in December. After December, I have no shows for the rest of winter, so I hope to hit the slopes at least three times a month.

That $168 would have made a tiny dent in my credit card debt. Now it is going to give me several months of winter enjoyment.

Plus, if my dad wants to take me back to Colorado, I’ll be ready. 

A few years ago my family went to Copper Mountain. It was the only time I’ve skied in Colorado, and I’ve been dying to go back. Upper WI and upper MI have some good, big hills. But there is just no comparison to the real mountains. Now excuse me while I spend the remainder of my afternoon drooling over fabulous Colorado ski resorts. Sigh, why do I like rich people hobbies?


Hello Winter

November 11, 2008

Even though temperatures were in the 70s less than a week ago, I think I am ready for winter. Winter was always my favorite season. Now that I’m an adult (Ha, kind of…) it has lost a bit of its luster. But only a tiny bit! Snow is not as magical because I have to shovel it and drive in it, but it’s still pretty fantastic. Lets just say that I’m not dreading the first white ground covering.

Good bye Halloween, perhaps my second most favorite holiday.

I don’t remember if I bragged about these yet, but these are Vampire Cupcakes. Perfect for Halloween. Or, sigh, your crazy “Twilight” movie watching parties.

I’m not going to talk about my favorite holiday yet, because I don’t do that stuff until the day after Thanksgiving. But this year, I’m actually kind of starting early because I am going to bake tons of cookies for gifts. And eating. And that stuff has to be done in advance, especially since I will be in a show this December!

My other favorite holiday is, of course, my birthday. Which is EXACTLY ONE MONTH FROM TODAY!!!!! Wow. Kind of scary. The number is… well, young, I know. But I will officially be in my mid-twenties. And that freaks the crap out of me! Not because I’m “old” but because I feel like I should be more grown up by this age, and be more accomplished, and blah blah blah.

I’m less concerned now with presents than I was a month ago, because now my number one wish is to go on a ski trip with some friends to Indianhead Mountainin mid January. AND I am planning on getting my season rental this week! It is really more than I should spend, but I’m giving up an awesome and expensive birthday dinner for it. Maybe we’ll go out for apps and drinks at Cubanitas instead…

I just thought I’d post this on here. My wishlist is almost exclusively baking stuff, which is kind of funny. But I neeeeeeeed it!
My Wish List

So YES, bring it on winter!!

For My Reference

November 7, 2008

And maybe yours? What can I say, I am dying to ski and had some downtime at work. I think I’m going to get a season long rental at Les Moise for $150. If anyone knows of a better deal than that, let me know! If anyone has skiing recommendations, also let me know! This list is not necessarily places I’ve been or liked. (For example, I personally would not go back to Alpine Valley. Especially at this price.)


CRYSTAL RIDGE  7900 W Crystal Ridge Drive, Franklin, WI  (20 minutes)

                $25 Saturday, Sunday 10am-4:30pm, 3:30pm-10pm
                $20 Saturday, Sunday 5pm-10pm
                $18 Weekdays 5pm-10pm
                Ski Rental: $18

SUNBURST   8355 Prospect Drive, Kewaskum, WI  (45 minutes)

                $28 Monday-Thursday 4pm-10pm
                $28 Fridays 10am-10pm
                $38 Saturday, Sunday 10am-10pm

ALPINE VALLEY   W2501 County Road D, Elkhorn, WI (45 minutes)

$31 Weekday 10am-5:30pm or 3pm-10pm ($28 beginner)
$45 Weekday full day ($39 beginner)
$41 Weekend 9am-5:30pm or 3pm-11pm ($37 beginner)
$50 Weekend full day ($48 beginner)
Ski Rental: $24

WILMOT MOUNTAIN   Wilmot, WI  (approx 1 hour)

$30 Weekdays 10am-4:30pm
$40 Weekends 9:30-4:30
$30 Evenings 4:30pm-11pm
Ski Rental: $23-$25

CASCADE MOUNTAIN   Cascade, WI  (approx 1.5 hours)

$44 8 hour ticket
$49 All day opening-closing
$25 Last 4 hours of the night
Beginner package: $79 (includes 8 hour ticket, rental, and lesson)
Ski Rental: $22(night)-$32(8 hours)


DEVILS HEAD RESORT  6330 Bluff Road, Merrimac, WI  (2 hours)

$40 Weekday
$45 Weekend
$14 Thursday night (6pm-10pm)
Ski Rental: $25



TYROL BASIN  3487 Bohn Road, Mt. Horeb, WI  (approx 2 hours)

$35 Four hours
$42 All day
$27 Night (starts at 4pm)
Ski Rental: $26
Friday night special (Jan2-Mar6) $12 lift ticket 7:30-11pm

GRANITE PEAK  3605 N Mountain Rd, Wausau, WI  (3 hours)

$50 Open-4pm (internet prices)
$50 Open-close
$96 Two days
$28 Night Skiing (4-9)
Ski Rental $32-$38

WHITECAP MOUNTAIN 9106 W County Road E, Upson, WI (6 hours)

$45 Full day
$78 Two days