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Old 01-31-2011, 05:24 PM
 
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I've lived in Madison since last summer, so I have yet to check out the surrounding towns much. That said, I'm hoping to go skiing sometime soon and I'm trying to figure out my options.

I know (and have heard) that Cascade Mountain is the place to be. Judging from their website, it's a really nice place with tons of trails. I think it's like a 40 minute drive north of town, correct?

But I stumbled upon this place called Tyrol Basin which looks to be about 20 minutes west of Madison. Doesn't look quite as cool, but they seem to have plenty of trails plus they have cheaper tickets and rentals. I think if you go during the day on weekdays you can get tickets and rentals for about $25 total. At Cascade, the cheapest option from what I see is to do the night time hours (5-9 I think) which would cost about $50 total per person.

I've only been skiing twice before, so I'm basically a beginner. What I'm really looking for is somewhere with plenty of choices in slopes, with plenty of slighter hills for practicing. Also, I'd prefer a place that isn't very crowded (the emptier the better) because it's easier to learn without kids flying down the hill and knocking you down.

So, any suggestions?
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:00 AM
 
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I've lived in Madison since last summer, so I have yet to check out the surrounding towns much. That said, I'm hoping to go skiing sometime soon and I'm trying to figure out my options.

I know (and have heard) that Cascade Mountain is the place to be. Judging from their website, it's a really nice place with tons of trails. I think it's like a 40 minute drive north of town, correct?

But I stumbled upon this place called Tyrol Basin which looks to be about 20 minutes west of Madison. Doesn't look quite as cool, but they seem to have plenty of trails plus they have cheaper tickets and rentals. I think if you go during the day on weekdays you can get tickets and rentals for about $25 total. At Cascade, the cheapest option from what I see is to do the night time hours (5-9 I think) which would cost about $50 total per person.

I've only been skiing twice before, so I'm basically a beginner. What I'm really looking for is somewhere with plenty of choices in slopes, with plenty of slighter hills for practicing. Also, I'd prefer a place that isn't very crowded (the emptier the better) because it's easier to learn without kids flying down the hill and knocking you down.

So, any suggestions?
I was at Tyrol two weeks ago. No, dont like it as well as Cascade but its a great place to get back on skis. If you go mid week, specialy during the day, you will find plenty of space to practice. I got back up on skis after a few years and got my confidence back too. And the whole day, it was so sparce I didnt knock anyone down, nor did any little kid whizz by showing me up
Its a great bargain too. Have fun.
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Old 11-26-2011, 12:12 PM
 
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Tyrol is great for advanced snowboarders. If you do not snowboard, and/or you are not advanced, go to Cascade. If you are an advanced snowboarder, Tyrol Basin is incredible. Cascade is big and has options. Tyrol Basin is all about trying new things.
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:05 AM
 
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Tyrol Basin is handy and great for beginners. I have many fun days and nights there. True, Cascade is larger with some better hills, but I prefer Devil's Head to Cascade any day.
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Old 11-27-2011, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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I think Tyrol still has its $10 Tuesdays, so cheap I used to drive from downtown MKE to Tyrol to take advantage and sometimes taking a day off just to board. It's nice because it's cheap and you have the whole hill to yourself allowing you to take some area for yourself to experiment without bothering "the experts" out there.

I have been to both and I would say try them both for yourself but I give the edge to Tyrol.
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