Skiers and boarders move up the mountain’s ten runs on five lifts. There’s a triple chair, three double chairs, and a handle tow. The 800-foot vertical spreads out a map of 35 percent beginner terrain, 50 percent intermediate, and 15 percent advanced. Temperatures at the 7,200 base average between 30 and 60 degrees F during the season, making the lodge’s deck a perfect perch for mom and dad to watch the kids as they begin their skiing careers on this friendly mountain.
Facilities include instruction desk, equipment rental, well-stocked ski shop, solid cafeteria and lounge. Parents can drop kids at the child care center, with the stipulation they return to enjoy lunch with the kids.
Badger Pass opens in mid-December, continuing operations until conditions permit. Often skiing into April on good years, early closures for lean snow years can shut things down as early as March, so monitor the website for current year conditions, and enjoy the ride, knowing it’s one of the best ski and snowboard values in the West.