Updated: Feb 14
Grab some coffee and join us for Ski Resort Sundays (SRS), where each week, we take a brief look at a ski resort from around the Midwest. SRS episodes are uploaded every Sunday morning, so check in each week to see which ski resort we cover. Today, we will be examining Nordic Mountain.
Nordic Mountain is a ski resort located in Wild Rose, Wisconsin, about an hour and a half from Madison and 2 hours from Milwaukee.
Nordics history dates back to the mid-’70s. William Creamer founded the ski area, and it officially opened on February 7th, 1976, with just four runs, a triple chair, and a few tows.
Nordic would continue to grow over the next several decades - adding more runs and another double chairlift, but in the early 2000s, business started to slow for the hill. Enter 22-year-old Rick Schmitz, who saw the ski area listed for sale and knew it had potential. Rick would purchase the ski hill in 2005 and went to work reinvesting heavily in the ski area. As a result, Nordic would soon have the addition of tubing and some massive upgrades to their snowmaking system, along with several other improvements.
Today, Nordic Mountain boasts 18 runs, all serviced by seven lifts. In addition, Nordic also offers a variety of terrain parks, including some that are separated and serviced by their own lift.
Although Nordic may be small, it does a great job utilizing its terrain and offering something for everyone. Gentle Giant and Memory Lane, give skiers a long easy groomer experience, while runs in the middle of the hill are steeper for advanced skiers and riders. Nordic even offers a couple of gladed areas onlookers right that offer some easy to access tree turns that more advanced skiers and riders can have some fun on.
Lastly, given its more remote location - Nordic Mountain gives you a great sense of “getting away from it all,” while still being close to home. The lodge and bar just scream Northwoods Wisconsin and were constructed using timbers logged while cutting the original ski runs back in 1975.
If you want to learn more about Nordic Mountain, be sure to check out their website at www.nordicmountain.com. But until next time, I hope all of you have a great week, pray for snow, & we’ll see you out there!