Christmas Mountain’s pine forest entrance immediately sets the mood for travelers seeking snowy thrills. With a 250-foot vertical drop, it takes mere seconds to reach the bottom of the mountain, but the five advanced runs offer a steep pitch for exhilarating speeds. New skiers can take group or individual lessons, hop onto one of two chair lifts, and choose from five beginner runs once they gain enough confidence to strike out on their own. Four intermediate runs and three snowboarding areas offer additional options.
Mt. Olympus and other Dells resorts dole out free lift tickets to guests, or visitors can opt for two hours on Christmas Mountain’s tubing runs. (With a handle-tow system and separate lanes, they churn up a lot of laughter as families spin their way to the bottom.) The chalet serves warm drinks and snack-bar food; snag a spot by the windows to stay warm while watching the action on the slopes. Or better yet, grab a seat around the campfire near the chair lift and warm up the old-fashioned way.
Christmas Mountain isn’t big enough to draw the kind of die-hard skiers who prefer Michigan’s Boyne or Minnesota’s Lutsen, but it’s a solid choice for a day of outdoor family fun in the Dells. Half-day lift tickets start at $19 for adults; equipment rentals are available.