Who: The Who is me, Sarah B.
But in wintertime, I am the happy Snowidow,
free as a bird, or whatever animal finds happiness in the chilly white
wonderland, to cozy up into any chalet bar, content to slurp hot cocoa
(or something harder) and let my computer dine on free wi-fi while my
significant other cuts through the slopes of fresh powder, or whatever.
is the introductory posting of the Snowidow Report. I hope to visit all
the major ski hills in Wisconsin and report out not on the condition of
the hills, nor necessarily the level of expertise needed to challenge
the black diamond. No, my focus will be on what I find important;
namely, the resort bar and amenities. So lets get the inauguration
NOTE: These reports will be dated, and amended as I
revisit or gain new information. Please let me know of any requests,
errors, or updates, thanks!
What: Tyrol Basin
Basin is a relatively small but reliable ski resort in the rural
farmlands of Wisconsin. It consists of 16 runs over 30 acres and a
chalet located in a renovated barn from the 1900s.
The hill stretches out from a base elevation of 870 feet to a top elevation of 1,130ft (per Wikipedia). It has one of the top 5 terrain Parks in the Midwest according to Snowboarding Transworld.
There is no attached resort for hotels, but it’s not far from Mt Horeb,
Verona, or Madison, WI. They host a number of ski and snowboard races
throughout the season. Like most places in Wisconsin, it is family
friendly (and they serve beer).
Where: 3487 Bohn Road, Mount Horeb (Troll capital of the world) WI
When: 3/6/2015 – at the end of the very loooong cooooold season that also brought very little snow to the Midwest.
“Our cafe offers cooked to order burgers, hotdogs, loaded nachos, breakfast and much more!” – from website
Little cafeteria downstairs from the bar.
a nutshell: “The Tyrol bar is home to the Tyrol Bloody Mary. We also
offer beer buckets, plenty of Wisconsin craft beers and our Tyrol
Punch.” – from website
This is the bar with the wall of skis.
came on a Friday afternoon – not quite in time for the late night rate
that really draws ‘em in, but not at the peak rate either. I found
myself a seat next to the line of other like-minded brunettes and logged
into the wi-fi.
is all but zero cell reception, and the wi-fi was also weak and
somewhat spotty, but I was able to watch some videos and listen to
The beer selection was pretty good, and I ordered the Winter Skal on nitro. http://www.craftbeer.com/craft-beer-muses/good-beer-gas-nitro-beers-explained Wasn’t quite sure how that was gonna go, but it was as smooth as silk.
the bar, I saw a tally list on a chalkboard labeled “Wall of Fall” -
the bartender had been keeping track of how many skiers, with their
preposterous Frankenstein boots, ate it on the hardwood floor.
Apparently he eventually convinced those in charge of such things to
purchase some safety rugs.
I counted 1 TV, 1 juke box and 1 pinball machine (South Park).
Overall Snowidow score: 3 of 5 - dandy use of a day off