Whitecap Mountains Resort

Whitecap Mountains Resort is a ski area located in the state of Wisconsin in USA. The resort is in the town of Upson, WI.

Whitecap Mountains Resort 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 Whitecap Mountains Resort.

Whitecap Mountains Resort Lodging:

Whitecap Mountains Resort Terrain Overview

Whitecap Mountains Resort has a total of 43 ski trails, which are serviced by 5 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. With 400 acres, Whitecap Mountains Resort has a moderate amount of skiiable terrain available for skiers. This area is equivalent to 162 hectares, 1 square miles, or 2 square kilometers.

Whitecap Mountains Resort's slopes see on average 200 inches (79 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 16 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
400(2 km2)
Annual Snowfall
200"(79 cm)

Whitecap Mountains Resort Elevation

Whitecap Mountains Resort has a summit elevation of 1,750 feet, or 533 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,295 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 455 feet (139 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Whitecap Mountains Resort has a very low summit elevation. The summit of this park is one of the smaller ones in the country.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
1,750'(533 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
455'(139 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
1,295'(395 m)

Whitecap Mountains Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
36.8out of 100
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Whitecap Mountains Resort 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 67% 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 Terrain by Difficulty Level

Whitecap Mountains Resort has 400 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Whitecap Mountains Resort is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 33% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 67%.
33%(132 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
28%(112 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
39%(156 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 Whitecap Mountains Resort good for beginners?

Whitecap Mountains Resort 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 67% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Whitecap Mountains Resort Location

Whitecap Mountains Resort is located in the state of Wisconsin, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Upson, WI.

Upson, WI 54565 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
46.41100, -90.39200

Getting to Whitecap Mountains Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Whitecap Mountains Resort), its coordinates of 46.41100, -90.39200 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Upson, 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 Whitecap Mountains Resort.

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International AirportMSPMinneapolis, MN173 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 Whitecap Mountains Resort.

Rhinelander Oneida County AirportRHIRhinelander, WI70 mi
Duluth International AirportDLHDuluth, MN90 mi
Houghton County Memorial AirportCMXHancock, MI104 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Whitecap Mountains 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 Whitecap Mountains Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Mt. Zion Ski HillIronwood, MI1,400 ft32%12 mi
Big PowderhornIronwood, MI1,800 ft38%15 mi
Snowriver Mountain Resort - BlackjackRamsay, MI1,650 ft41%20 mi
Snowriver Mountain Resort - IndianheadWakefield, MI1,935 ft47%21 mi
Mount AshwabayBayfield, WI1,286 ft28%36 mi
Spirit MountainDuluth, MN1,320 ft35%90 mi
Mont du LacSuperior, WI917 ft33%92 mi
Mont RipleyHancock, MI1,140 ft43%99 mi

Whitecap Mountains Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,750 ft
Base Elevation1,295 ft
Vertical Drop455 ft
(33% Beginner,  28% Intermediate,  39% Expert)
Skiable Acres400
Avg. Annual Snowfall200 inches
Whitecap Mountains Resort Mountain Stats