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“A great place to learn how to ski” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ski Brule

Ski Brule
397 Brule Mountain Road, Iron River, MI 49935
800-362-7853, 906-265-4957
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Iron River
Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas, Sports
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Owner description: Family-oriented outdoor recreation features "SKIwee" for kids 4 years and up, plus a 30-acre snowboard arena and 1/2 Pipe.
Chicago
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“A great place to learn how to ski”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2011

My kids had spring break at the end of March. I found some websites which recommended the ski lessons at Brule, and I saw on their website that they are usually open into April, so I was pretty sure they would have snow for the last week of March.
Neither my husband or my children had ever done any downhill skiing, and I had gone just a few times in high school, so we signed up for a private, family lesson. For around $275, we had two instructors for three hours. This was fabulous. We started out with the basics on the bunny hill, then we went up the lift about 5 times with our instructors. They each took one of our kids the first few times, so my husband and I could practice getting ourselves on and off the lifts before we had to assist the kids.
By the end of the lesson, our daughter who is often scared of heights was hopping onto the lift without a problem, and our son who is often reluctant to try new things was begging to go down black diamond slopes. Even we adults had a pretty good idea of how to get up and down the hill without killing ourselves!
We were there Monday-Thursday, and the place was almost empty. It was perfect for us, because we had lots of room and didn't have to wait for lifts or snacks. Our kids loved stopping halfway down the mountain at the Homestead Lodge for hot cocoa.
We rented a house at Brule, and our total cost was less than $2000 for five nights stay which included four days lift tickets and rentals for four people, tubing two nights, one dinner, and our wonderful lessons. What a deal!

Visited March 2011
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“Not bad...... Not great, either”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2011

I'm torn about reviewing this ski area. The terrain is adequate for most levels of skiing. My son and myself (10 &35) got bored after a few hours but my wife and my daugter (7 &36) seemed to enjoy themselves. The homestead lodge was an utter disappointment. Management has an opportunity with this building, but it was a complete let down: The food was terrible and overpriced ($4.25 for a chicken sandwich where the chicken breast was the size of a pigeon breast) and the ambiance of a log cabin was less than acceptable. One oddity is how all of the lifts meet at the center of the hill..... While this seems like a great way to offer guests to chose a run, it becomes quite a cluster at the top with crowds where I almost hit crossing skiers several times coming off of the lift. My advice would be to those traveling more than 3 hours is to visit Granite Peak in Wausau for several reasons: First, Granite Peak is larger with more varied terrain. Second there are far better lodging choices in Wausau than Iron River. Finally, there are more than 3 restaurants worth eating at in Wausau. On a final note, one of our friends had a dead battery at the end of the day, and when we inquired at the lodge for help we were initially told that they "sell" jumper cables..... Seriously? They sell them? After the employee thought about it, he did come to help with his own cables..... Cudos to him for stepping up to the plate and not gouging guests after spending a couple hundred dollars for a day of skiing.

Visited February 2011
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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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“Great weekend of skiing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2010

We arrived at our hotel in Iron River on friday night, and drove the 10 minutes to Brule in the morning. The skiing was great - nice layout, good variety of runs (although nothing very technical). Excellent skiing from beginner to moderate. The staff were unbelievably nice - they really seemed to want us to have a good time! The Homestead Lodge is pretty awesome - ski-in-ski-out snacking, you can't beat it :) We didn't get quite as many runs in on Sunday due to the extreme cold conditions, but it was so much fun we still completed 30 runs before heading home - there was that much to enjoy! Advance tickets are a good idea, purchase early for an extra good deal on lift tickets.

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Chicago IL
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Deals awesome location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2010

I was at Ski Brule December 2009 with my whole family and I had a great time for the three days we were there. We stayed in one of the condos and I loved it I had a deck looking right out to the mountain and two hot tubs right out our backdoor. The groomers did a great job on the mountain every morning it was so nicely groomed awesome conditions. The staff was so friendly and helpful they were always asking if we needed anything awesome customer service. My friend that came with us his daughter at the age of four went to Ski wee and she loved it and she learned how to ski, now she is stuck on it. We will be trying to make this a tradition to get up to Brule and hopefully I will be back up there this season still. If you have time or wanna go on a great vacation this would be the place I would pick. Thanks Ski Brule staff for making this a very awesome time for us.

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2007

Don't' waste your money on this backwoods, red neck ant hill. In Feb the family and I drove up to ski brule from Chicago to give it a try. It was an absolute utter disappointment!!!!!!! The hill was so tiny! We would have been better off skiing our back yard rather than paying for overpriced tickets. The employees were completely rude and unfriendly. The lodge looked like something out of a 1970's horror movie. The condo we rented was infested with mice and the beds had dirty blood stained sheets. The mangement took no action on our housing complants!!!

Don't make the same mistake as us. This hill is awful and a horrible wasted of time and money!

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