Whitecap Mountains Ski Resort

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

Whitecap Mountains 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 Ski Resort.

Whitecap Mountains Lodging:

Whitecap Mountains Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Whitecap Mountains has a total of 43 ski trails, which are serviced by 9 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. With 500 acres, Whitecap Mountains Ski Resort has a moderate amount of skiiable terrain available for skiers. This area is equivalent to 202 hectares, 1 square miles, or 2 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
500(2 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Whitecap Mountains Ski Resort Elevation

Whitecap Mountains Ski 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 1,350 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 400 feet (122 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Whitecap Mountains 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
400'(122 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
1,350'(411 m)

Whitecap Mountains Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
34.4out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Whitecap Mountains 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 Area by Difficulty Level

Whitecap Mountains has 500 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Whitecap Mountains 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%(165 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
33%(165 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
34%(170 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 Ski Resort good for beginners?

Whitecap Mountains 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 Ski Resort Location

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

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

Getting to Whitecap Mountains Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Whitecap Mountains Ski Resort), 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 Whitecap Mountains Ski Resort.

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 Whitecap Mountains.

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 Whitecap Mountains 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 Whitecap Mountains Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Wilmot MountainWilmot, WI1,030 ft36%0 mi
Highlands of OlympiaRipon, WI1,001 ft22%0 mi
TrollhaugenDresser, WI1,200 ft32%0 mi
Tyrol BasinRipon, WI1,160 ft35%0 mi
Little SwitzerlandSlinger, WI1,269 ft28%0 mi
Granite PeakWausau, WI1,924 ft37%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
Nordic MountainMountain, WI1,137 ft38%98 mi
Christie MountainBruce, WI1,650 ft32%98 mi

Whitecap Mountains Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation1,750 ft
Base Elevation1,350 ft
Vertical Drop400 ft
(33% Beginner,  33% Intermediate,  34% Expert)
Skiable Acres500
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Whitecap Mountains Ski Resort Mountain Stats