Snowboarding In Wisconsin

Scott LudtkeContributor IDecember 30, 2009

TELLURIDE, CO - DECEMBER 19:  Forerunners head down the course in preparation for the FIS Snowboardcross World Cup on December 19, 2009 in Telluride, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Wisconsin winters prove to offer prime opportunities for snowboarding enthusiasts.  Whether your just a beginner or an advanced snowboarder, the opportunities to enjoy yourself and have some constructive time on the slopes is endless in Wisconsin.

Generally Wisconsin's snowboarding season runs between the months of December and late-March when the climate is such that it will sustain snow.  Many times Wisconsin ski resorts will make snow when necessary, but usually this is only limited to the early and later times of the season when snowfall amounts are down and the slopes are lacking a sufficient snow-base.

Wisconsin is a great opportunity for snowboarders because there are so many ski resorts spread througthout the state.  Geographically speaking, from the kettle moraine region of the southeast to the Lake Superior shoreline in the north, visitors to Wisconsin can choose from thirty downhill ski and snowboard areas, the fourth largest collection of any state in the country.

If you want to board bum, don’t stop at just one resort—make it a road trip! Tyrol Basin, Alpine Valley, and Cascade Mountain have some of the best terrain parks in the Midwest. Tyrol Basin built its first half-pipe in 1988. Alpine Valley’s Mohawk Terrain Park creates one of the slickest hills around. Every year, Cascade Mountain engineers one of the longest parks with a flow that’s a must to experience. All these resorts are within about 90 minutes of Madison.

And don’t forget to hit up Sunburst and Wilmot Mountain outside of Milwaukee. These two resorts are excellent places to learn the feeling of freedom that you can only get while flying on a board. Season passes are available at every resort, and usually cost between $200 and $500; early season deals and ski packages are always a steal.

Most importantly don't forget to practice safe snowboarding by wearing all the necessary snowboarding gear.  There are many snowboarding gear shops available, and many of them offer great specials and very affordable equipment too.

Happy snowboarding!