2023 Ski Trip - Devil's Head Resort - February 18-20, 2023

Troop 9 is skiing at Devil's Head Resort in Merrimac, WI on Saturday, February 18 - Monday, February 20. The trip is open to skiers of all levels and their families. Scouts will have the ability to earn their Snow Sports merit badge.

The cost of the trip will be $175 per skier. This includes a 2 night hotel stay, ski rental, lift ticket, and lesson. It also includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Sunday and breakfast on Monday. We will stop on Saturday night for dinner and lunch on Monday. Bring $20 to pay for those meals. The cost is $65 per non-skier. If you do not stay one of the nights, the fee will be $20 less.

The trip will be a 4 hour drive from Champaign to DeForest, WI. We will stay at the Comfort Inn in DeForest, WI. We will prearrange a set of hotel rooms for all participants ahead of the trip. Typically, we will appropriately assign four people per room.

The troop will ski at Devil's Head Resort. This is about a 30 minute drive from the Comfort Inn.

Contact Info:

Comfort Inn Address: 5025 County Hwy. V, De Forest, WI 53532
Comfort Inn Phone: (608) 653-2247
Devil's Head Resort Address: S 6330 Bluff Road, Merrimac, WI 53561
Devil's Head Resort Phone: 800-472-6670


Saturday 3:00 PM - Depart from Holy Cross. Some drivers may depart later.
Dinner - Each vehicle will stop on their own for dinner on the way up. 7:00 PM - Arrive at DeForest, WI Sunday
Breakfast - Hotel will provide breakfast. 8:00 AM - Depart for Devil's Head Resort
9:00 AM - Lifts open
Lunch - Troop will provide lunch in the lodge. 5:00 PM - Return gear
5:30 PM - Travel back to the hotel
Dinner - Troop will provide dinner at the hotel.

Monday Breakfast - Hotel will provide breakfast. 9:00 AM - Depart DeForest, WI Lunch - Each vehicle will stop on their own for lunch on the way back.
1:00 PM - Arrive in Champaign, IL


Saturday dinner: Eat on the road. Participants should bring money to buy their dinner.
Sunday breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
Sunday lunch: Sandwiches, chips, fruit, and drinks will be provided by the Troop at the resort.
Sunday dinner: Pizza at hotel.
Monday breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
Monday lunch: Eat on the road. Participants should bring money to buy their meal.

How to dress for skiing:

short-sleeve t-shirt
long-sleeve shirt
outer jacket / shell (something wind & water repellant)
wind / water proof pant
long underwear
full length socks

That will provide you with enough cover for any weather conditions. You may start out cold, but as the day progresses, you will end up in just your t-shirt under your outer shell. Be prepared to adjust several times during the day. You probably won't need the sweater at all during the day, but best to be prepared and you might wear it at the end of the day if everything else is soaked through with water. Also, remove layers as needed to avoid sweating. Anything getting you overly wet will make you cold and miserable.

Pants should be some sort of wind / water proof pant. Long underwear can be worn underneath if you're cold. Be sure to strip layers if you're too warm to avoid sweating. On a warm day, you may end up wearing just the wind/water proof pant.

Socks should be a single pair of full length (not ankle length) sport sock. Don't double up, it only restricts circulation. When you put on your boots, make sure there are no wrinkles in the sock. Wrinkles also restrict circulation and can also cause muscle cramps.

Forecast is predicting very warm temperatures, so expect that whatever you ski in will be soaked at the end of the day. Bring a full change of soft, comfy clothes to the resort to change into after skiing. Also, bring a spare set of gloves so you can swap if one pair gets soaking wet.

In general, wet clothes lead to cold bodies, and that's no fun at all.  Staying dry is essential to enjoying this outing.  Feel free to ask any questions.  The only dumb question is one never asked.

Tips for first-time skiers

What to bring:

  • Change of clothes
  • Warm socks (2 pair)
  • Weatherproof jacket
  • Gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Long underwear
  • Winter boots
  • Ski/snow pants
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunglasses/goggles (Watch for sales at Dick's!)

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