Alpine Valley, Wisconsin
Alpine Valley Ski Area
- Employment: Alpine Valley Resort Job Listings
- Population: East Troy 3,500; Lake Geneva 7,200
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- Annual Snowfall: 100 percent snowmaking
- Ski Season: November-March (depends on snow)
- Average Cost 1-bedroom Apartment: $400-$600
- Lift Ticket Prices
Alpine Valley Resort is located near both East Troy and Lake Geneva in glacier-carved southeastern Wisconsin. The area offers deluxe condos and quaint Victorian bed-and-breakfasts, gourmet restaurants and all-night diners, and hilly forests descending to beautiful spring-fed Lake Geneva.
Although Wisconsin has a variety of elevations, the slopes are much lower than those back East and out West. However, the sometimes icy conditions and moguls of Alpine Valley and other regional hills can challenge powder-pampered experts. January and February temperatures can be frigid, but there are plenty of blue skies and mild days (forty to fifty degrees) to enjoy.
Lake Geneva and East Troy are a winter person’s paradise, because there is plenty to do without the hassle of thousands of summer tourists. Ice-fishing, ice -boating, skating, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing enthusiasts will not be disappointed.
Lake Geneva is quintessential summer country. The spring-fed, crystal-clear lake is one of the deepest in the area and its twenty-six miles of shore are lined with beautiful small towns. If you enjoy water, you can rent boats, waverunners, jet skis, sailboats, windsurfers, and rafts near the beaches. For land lovers, the area is ideal for in-line skating and biking. Golfing in the area is excellent.
Alpine Valley Music Theater concerts start in the spring and run through early fall. Acts over the many years have included Aerosmith, Van Halen, the Eagles, and the Grateful Dead. Along the waterfront of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee (just forty-five minutes away from Lake Geneva), Summerfest runs from June to early July and concerts continue at the Marcus Amphitheater throughout the summer. Chicago is home to several great festivals, too. For some true local color, don’t miss the area’s county fairs in August and September.
After dark, there are numerous opportunities to relax and rest up for the next day. To replenish your energy, great area restaurants include Popeye’s, Kirsch’s, Anthony’s, and The Next Door Pub. For live music and a drink, try Hogs and Kisses, Champs, Foley’s and all the local resorts. Summer wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Chuck’s, a native hang-out on the lake in Fontana. The Shopper is a free local paper that lists all the entertainment options for Walworth County, so pick up one from any store in the area.
Alpine Valley is five miles from East Troy in southeast Wisconsin. Milwaukee is the closest major city, thirty-five miles from the resort. Air service to Alpine Valley is through Mitchell Field in Milwaukee. Major airlines fly to Mitchell. From Milwaukee take Highway 43 to the East Troy exit, take a left on Highway 120 and take a right on Highway D to the Alpine Valley gatehouse. In addition, Amtrak stops in Milwaukee.
Lake Geneva does have a trolley and several taxis, but transportation is fairly limited. It’s a good idea to have your own mode of transportation.
Your best bet for finding housing is to conduct research online and also call local rental agencies. There is a wide variety of accommodations ranging from absolute luxury to low-scale rentals, so give yourself some time to decide.
Because the area is populated with tourists throughout the year, especially during the summer, there are plenty of employment opportunities. The hotels, restaurants, stores, and shops usually hire extra staff to handle the influx of customers.