Cascade Mountain Ski Resort

Cascade Mountain Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Wisconsin in USA. The resort is in the town of Portage, WI.

Cascade Mountain is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Cascade Mountain Ski Resort.

Cascade Mountain Lodging:

Cascade Mountain Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Cascade Mountain has a total of 35 ski trails, which are serviced by 10 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Cascade Mountain is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 160 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 65 hectares, 0 square miles, or 1 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
160(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Cascade Mountain Ski Resort Elevation

Cascade Mountain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 1,280 feet, or 390 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 820 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 460 feet (140 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Cascade Mountain has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,280'(390 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
460'(140 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
820'(250 m)

Cascade Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
35.3out of 100
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Cascade Mountain can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 62% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Cascade Mountain has 160 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Cascade Mountain is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 38% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 62%.
38%(61 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
24%(38 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
38%(61 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Cascade Mountain Ski Resort good for beginners?

Cascade Mountain can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 62% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Cascade Mountain Ski Resort Location

Cascade Mountain Ski Resort is located in the state of Wisconsin, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Portage, WI.

Portage, WI 53901 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
43.49000, -89.52000

Getting to Cascade Mountain Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Cascade Mountain Ski Resort), its coordinates of 43.49000, -89.52000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Portage, WI to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Cascade Mountain Ski Resort.

Milwaukee Mitchell International AirportMKEMilwaukee, WI90 mi
O'Hare International AirportORDChicago, IL133 mi
Midway International AirportMDWChicago, IL148 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Cascade Mountain.

Dane County Regional Truax FieldMSNMadison, WI26 mi
La Crosse Municipal AirportLSELa Crosse, WI91 mi
Chicago Rockford International AirportRFDChicago/Rockford, IL92 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Cascade Mountain Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Cascade Mountain Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Devil's HeadMerrimac, WI995 ft35%7 mi
Christmas MountainWisconsin Dells, WI1,250 ft26%19 mi
SunburstMadison, WI1,100 ft41%24 mi
Wilmot MountainWilmot, WI1,030 ft36%42 mi
Whitecap MountainsRipon, WI1,750 ft34%42 mi
TrollhaugenDresser, WI1,200 ft32%42 mi
Tyrol BasinRipon, WI1,160 ft35%42 mi
Little SwitzerlandSlinger, WI1,269 ft28%42 mi
Highlands of OlympiaRipon, WI1,001 ft22%42 mi
Granite PeakWausau, WI1,924 ft37%42 mi
Standing RocksStevens Point, WI1,220 ft30%65 mi
The Rock SnowparkJanesville, WI290 ft33%65 mi
Hidden ValleyMaribel, WI1,460 ft31%74 mi
Alpine ValleyElkhorn, WI1,040 ft31%76 mi
Grand GenevaLake Geneva, WI1,086 ft32%83 mi
The Rock SnowparkFranklin, WI290 ft27%85 mi
Mt. La CrosseLa Crosse, WI1,110 ft35%88 mi
Chestnut MountainHanover, IL1,040 ft34%92 mi

Cascade Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,280 ft
Base Elevation820 ft
Vertical Drop460 ft
(38% Beginner,  24% Intermediate,  38% Expert)
Skiable Acres160
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Cascade Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats