Granite Peak Ski Area launches skier only runs at resort

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 27, 2009 12:29 pm

Harking back to the days of openly discriminating against snowboarders, Wisconsin’s Granite Peak will launch a few skier only runs for the 2009-2010 winter season.

By no means does this indicate the resort is planning to become a skier-only mountain like Alta or Mad River Glen, but it’s still an ugly precedent for the industry. While only three out of the resort’s 75 runs will be affected by these changes, many snowboarders, and even skiers, are angry over these changes. Many wonder how this will affect their experience while enjoying the mountain in mixed groups of skiers and snowboarders. The idea of having to break up families comprised of both skiers and snowboarders while on the mountain, is a real possibility.

The resort originally planned to designate 6 of their runs with these discriminatory distinctions, but scaled back plans to include just three runs.

The changes were brought about after several skiers cited in complaints that the different turn radius and technique associated with skiing versus snowboarding, created a need for skier exclusivity in certain areas. While it’s true that skiers and snowboarders do have their differences, this move creates a Pandora’s Box for future discrimination on the slopes.

Mountains are supposed to be a welcoming place where all individuals are welcome regardless of age, sex, race, or creed. Limiting slope access due to the equipment on one’s feet is exactly the type of backwards thinking that doesn’t belong in the ski resort industry.

Thankfully, Granite Peak president and owner Charles Skinner made it clear this was an experimental change whose success will be evaluated on at season end.

If you would like to comment on this matter, contact Granite Peak at (715) 845-2846 or visit