Highlands of Olympia

Highlands of Olympia is permanently closed.

Highlands of Olympia is a ski area located in the state of Wisconsin in USA. The resort is in the town of Ripon, WI.

Season Passes

Highlands of Olympia is not a part of any nationwide lift ticket 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 Highlands of Olympia. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Highlands of Olympia's website.

Lodging Options

There are numerous options to stay at Highlands of Olympia around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.

Highlands of Olympia Terrain Overview

Highlands of Olympia has a total of 3 ski trails, which are serviced by 3 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Highlands of Olympia is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 112 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 45 hectares, 0.2 square miles, or 0.5 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
112(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Highlands of Olympia Elevation

Highlands of Olympia has a summit elevation of 1,001 feet, or 305 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 797 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 204 feet (62 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

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

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,001'(305 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
204'(62 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
797'(243 m)

Highlands of Olympia Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
22.4out of 100
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Highlands of Olympia is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area. It is in fact one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. This is due to it having 50% of its trails are rated as "beginner", and a vertical drop of only 204 feet.


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.

Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

Highlands of Olympia has 112 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Since Highlands of Olympia is an extremely beginner-friendly ski area, it has 50% of its trails are rated as "beginner-level". 30% trails are rated as intermediate.
Green Circle
50%(56 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
30%(34 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
20%(22 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 Highlands of Olympia good for beginners?

Highlands of Olympia is a very beginner-friendly course. In fact, it is one of the easiest ski slopes in all of North America, ranking in the bottom 10% of overall difficulty. 50% of its trails are rated as "beginner".

Highlands of Olympia Location

Highlands of Olympia is located in the state of Wisconsin, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Ripon, WI.

Ripon, WI 54971 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
43.79000, -88.79000

Getting to Highlands of Olympia

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Highlands of Olympia), its coordinates of 43.79000, -88.79000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Ripon, 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 Highlands of Olympia.

Milwaukee Mitchell International AirportMKEMilwaukee, WI73 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 Highlands of Olympia.

Dane County Regional Truax FieldMSNMadison, WI53 mi
Austin Straubel International AirportGRBGreen Bay, WI58 mi
Chicago Rockford International AirportRFDChicago/Rockford, IL111 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Highlands of Olympia, 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 Highlands of Olympia.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Granite PeakWausau, WI1,924 ft37%0 mi
Little SwitzerlandSlinger, WI1,269 ft28%0 mi
Tyrol BasinRipon, WI1,160 ft35%0 mi
TrollhaugenDresser, WI1,200 ft32%0 mi
Whitecap MountainsRipon, WI1,750 ft34%0 mi
Wilmot MountainWilmot, WI1,030 ft36%0 mi
Cascade MountainPortage, WI1,280 ft35%42 mi
Devil's HeadMerrimac, WI995 ft35%49 mi
SunburstMadison, WI1,100 ft41%49 mi
Standing RocksStevens Point, WI1,220 ft30%54 mi
Christmas MountainWisconsin Dells, WI1,250 ft26%55 mi
Hidden ValleyMaribel, WI1,460 ft31%61 mi
The Rock SnowparkFranklin, WI290 ft27%71 mi
Alpine ValleyElkhorn, WI1,040 ft31%75 mi
The Rock SnowparkJanesville, WI290 ft33%82 mi
Grand GenevaLake Geneva, WI1,086 ft32%84 mi
Christie MountainBruce, WI1,650 ft32%98 mi
Nordic MountainMountain, WI1,137 ft38%98 mi

Highlands of Olympia Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,001 ft
Base Elevation797 ft
Vertical Drop204 ft
(50% Beginner,  30% Intermediate,  20% Expert)
Skiable Acres112
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Highlands of Olympia Mountain Stats