Devil's Head

S6330 Bluff Road, Merrimac , WI (Driving Directions to Devil's Head)
Last Updated: 10/20/2016 12:33 AM

Devil's Head Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

Devil's Head is a destination ski resort located 45 minutes North of Madison, WI featuring 500 feet of vertical, 13 lifts, 30 runs and 250 hotel room & condos.

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Devil's Head Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Devil's Head Operations


Opening Soon for Snow Sports

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 16

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 29

Weekend Hours


Devil's Head Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

990 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

500 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

1,490 ft

Devil's Head Ski Pictures and Photos

Devil's Head Logo
Devil's Head Trail Map

Devil's Head Reviews & Tips (40)

I have been coming to Devils Head since the 70's I have introduced devil's Head to many adults and kids. I was a scoutmaster in the 70's and our troop 139 camped at Devil's Lake State Park. We actually had to shovel snow to pitch our tents. We stayed for the weekend and skied at Devil's Head and had a blast. I am in my 70's and still having fun skiing with my family over the last weekend. We had a large group and getting lift tickets made the trip easier. If you need a testimonial please call 815-546-9659. Thanks again We will be back! The runs were great, I met a ski patrol guy Dave who was very nice guy!!
Devil's Head review written Mar 08 2016 - 12:06 AM
Jeff Reach Advanced Skier
Even though their website advertises the Avalanche Bar & Grill is open on Thursdays - it's not. If you want a beer or spirit while you're skiing and it's not a Fri/Sat/Sunday - you need to bring your own. Also, again, though their website says all the lifts and slopes are open - if you go on a weekday they will probably only have 2 or 3 lifts operating, at most, meaning you won't have access to all the slopes. Still, Devil's Head is a great time. We've been three times this past season and will be back again next year!
Devil's Head review written Mar 05 2016 - 04:02 PM
Green Intermediate Skier
The snow was decent last Sunday with a few icy patches to look out for. The main terrain jumps were huge with 10-15 foot gaps. Would have liked a few smaller jumps and/or boxes with less rails, but overall enjoyed the visit from Chicago.
Devil's Head review written Jan 26 2016 - 02:54 PM
Scott Intermediate Snowboarder
Great as always! Snow was kinda frozen and looks like sugar in some places. I wish lifts were faster. Overall 9/10
Devil's Head review written Jan 25 2016 - 04:31 PM
Kamil Intermediate Skier
Skiing was fun. Lifts are kind of slow. Service was terrible. At the Avalanche restaurant we waited over 90 minutes for 3 sandwiches. We were told several times we were next but we ended up leaving without eating. I advise packing a lunch.
Devil's Head review written Jan 25 2016 - 02:33 PM
Pat Advanced Skier
I am a weekday - avoid the crowds - skier. Monday, March 9 was too late and too warm. Now they are closed. Has anyone asked to just ride the lift (s) up and down? The weather so beautiful. The views from Devils Head bluffs are breathless You can see Blue Mounds to the SW and the Wisconsin River/Lake Wisconsin across the hills and scenic countryside. Fantastic. Wish I could just ride. It would make up for bad skiing conditions. Keep the faith for next year!
Devil's Head review written Mar 11 2015 - 03:00 PM
Bob H Beginner Skier
Our family skied on March 7th, which was a nice warm day to be outside but not good for the snow. It was sticky and difficult to maintain any speed without unexpectedly being slowed in spurts by the wet snow. This forced me to lean back on my skis so I could keep upright when I underwent a forward thrust due to skis being slowed or 'grabbed'. It was not fun for me or the adults in our group, but the kids who were doing constant turns were okay. We decided our day could have been much better and will know better next time. The problem appears worse at Devil's Head due to having south facing slopes so the snow warms up quickly when the sun is out. It would have been much better earlier in the year. Our only other disruption is one lift on the green slope (to take you higher) was very slow in opening, but they were helpful in telling us how to ski onto the blue slopes from the green side.
Devil's Head review written Mar 09 2015 - 05:27 PM
Ann S Intermediate Skier
I had a good trip up to DH on Tuesday. The snow wasn't bad, the rentals were okay, and it wasn't very busy after the school field trip group left about one. It was nice have whole slopes to myself, but by about 3pm or so, they were down to only one lift in operation. You can make your way via the slope tops to many of the trails, but you have to skate back a ways to the one operational lift. And, the captcha below is Proop, which looks an awful lot like poop.
Devil's Head review written Mar 05 2015 - 02:34 PM
Zac Intermediate Skier
Another outstanding day at Devils Head. My daughter and I spent the day exploring the runs and had a blast. Everyone working that day had a wonderful and helpful attitude. Snow was great. Will be back if not this season for certain next season. Keep up the great service!
Devil's Head review written Mar 05 2015 - 05:03 AM
TJohn Advanced Skier
Devil's head is a great place to ski. there is a slope for everyone, within every level (beginner, intermediate, advance) there are sub-levels within those slopes. Different level of the bunny slopes, the same goes for green and the other slopes. One these slopes will fit your needs and desires to refresh and challenge yourself. Waiting in line is one of my least favorite things to do, with so many options available there's no waiting in line. Down the slope and straight toward my lift within 42 seconds or less. Also, the slopes are not crowded, so unlikely to crash into other when faux pas occurs. Definitely becoming one of my favorite ski destination. I don't know if this is for safety reason, but i wish the ski lifts were a bit faster.
Devil's Head review written Mar 04 2015 - 05:29 PM
Jeff J Intermediate Skier
Devi's Head is a great place to ski and has become a favorite place for me. They have several runs for different levels of skiing. I have never had to wait long in lines for the lifts. It is scenic and a beautiful place that is just a short drive from the expressway. I would highly recommend going there.
Devil's Head review written Mar 03 2015 - 11:21 AM
Laura Beginner Skier
Hills were good and had plenty of snow. Freestyle park was very nice. Not crowded so lift lines were small. Main issue is that the chairlifts are painfully slow.... I mean SLOW. Our group all agreed not to return until new lifts are put in. We spent more time on lifts than we did boarding.
Devil's Head review written Mar 02 2015 - 07:11 PM
BD Advanced Snowboarder
Devil's Head has provided a nice escape from Chicago the past couple winters, and getting a pass through Liftopia helps make it worth the trip. It was a very quick exchange to give them the Liftopia print out and to get my lift ticket. They didn't have much fresh snow the week before I went, but what was there was light and flaky in the morning. A little icy by the afternoon, which wasn't unexpected. Lift lines were short. If I don't visit my family in Colorado in the winter, Devil's Head has been an alternative to at least have a little fun in the snow, and I've enjoyed it.
Devil's Head review written Mar 01 2015 - 08:58 PM
Alex S. Intermediate Snowboarder
Devil's Head is great! Things you need to know is make sure your print your confirmation page! I've gotten away with not printing at some places, but at Devil's Head you need a physical copy. It's that or you have to forward them the email confirmation and they'll print it just taking up more of your time. When you go to check in make sure you go to the Hotel check in NOT the lift ticket lines. These two places are not all that close to one another so if you're going in a group or don't like long walks in ski boots, make sure you drive to hotel lobby first and then get in your gear. Cheers!
Devil's Head review written Feb 23 2015 - 11:33 PM
Drew Advanced Skier
First timer to Devils Head, had a blast, but you wanna get there early, It was so busy by the time we went to rent our skis they had run out of multiple sizes.
Devil's Head review written Feb 23 2015 - 09:14 PM
Xio D. Beginner Skier
We go to Devil's Head a few times a year because we really like the scenery and the resort feel of the lodge. It's not a nice, new lodge but it has a certain charm I guess. I like all the runs but am a big fan of the black diamond runs on the right side of the hill, more narrow and woodsy so they are more of a challenge but also makes you feel like your skiing in the woods.
Devil's Head review written Feb 18 2015 - 03:08 PM
Scott Advanced Skier
First time skiing at Devil's Head in many years. Good runs and relatively good vertical for the Midwest. Snow was a little icy but overall not bad. One thing they need to improve is the rentals. I was there with my daughter and it was pretty much "do it yourself". There were quite a few workers just standing around, but no one really was showing any effort to make sure we got the right equipment. Definitely a place to bring your own gear.
Devil's Head review written Feb 17 2015 - 07:20 PM
John G Advanced Skier
First timer to Devils Head and I was impressed. Snow conditions were great, the runs had character, the lift operators were attentive and friendly, the bartender was fantastic and the sun came out. Lifts are on the slow side but that just gives you more time to meet and talk to people on the ride up the slopes. There is enough varied terrain to keep skiers and snowboarders of all abilities challenged and interested for an entire day on the hill. I will be back!
Devil's Head review written Feb 06 2015 - 04:32 PM
TJohn Advanced Skier
South of Granite Peak, Devil's Head is the best ski area in the state for intermediate snowboarders like myself. The only competition in the area is Cascade Mountain. Cascade does not know how to do a terrain park; their jumps land you in a flat. They also have a nasty snow mound before the terrain area. Devil's Head does way better than Cascade with their terrain area. The landings are sloped and the jumps are better planned. So Cascade, learn a lesson. Take a look at what Devil's Head is doing. I'd rather go to your hill. It is easier to get to because it is close to the interstate. However, I won't go there because of your lousy terrain area. Also, Devil's Head seems to do much better creating man made snow and their hill is less icy. They have the fastest chair lift at Cascade but getting faster to a worse hill is not worth it. The only advantage Cascade has is for beginners. They have a really good beginners hill with a chair lift. In addition, a beginner can take the fast lift all the way to the top and then follow the far right easy slope all the way down. That is how I started my kids. Mark
Devil's Head review written Feb 05 2015 - 05:30 PM
Nute Romney Intermediate Snowboarder
I just started to snowboard this year, this is the 3rd ski hill my dad has taken me to. I had the most fun at Devils Head. I have already told my dad to plan our next trip. The hill was perfect to learn on, and my dad could go ski the steeper hills. The hill needed some real snow, the men that operated the lifts were very friendly!
Devil's Head review written Jan 27 2015 - 07:15 PM
ZACH P. Beginner Snowboarder
My son got a snowboard for Christmas, I haven't skied in 15 years so I bought my self new skis and boots. It was his 5th time on the board and the beginner runs are friendly and wide to learn how to work the edges. By the 3rd run he impressed me! We live 10 miles from a ski resort but will driving 2 hours to get back to DEVILS HEAD! We were surprised to see the fire pit, we will take hot dogs with next time to roast, it was a great trip.Liftopia really made it affordable.
Devil's Head review written Jan 27 2015 - 07:03 PM
JOE P. Intermediate Skier
Pack a lunch. 2 coffees and 2 candy bars $10 They say no carry ins to cafeteria but us and many others did. Saw many subway bags.
Devil's Head review written Jan 19 2015 - 05:52 PM
Dan J Intermediate Skier
skiing was good for the midwest. Not very crowded, never waited for the lifts but the lifts were a little slow. Dining options on the hill are very limited. The resort is dirty and old but the staff was very nice.
Devil's Head review written Jan 12 2015 - 02:07 PM
vavfam Advanced Skier
Liftopia made the purchase price extremely affordable by Midwest standards, and the process of obtaining the lift tickets and rental, easy. We took our kids skiing on a bitterly cold day with a windchill factor below zero and temps ranging between 3 - 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Due to a winter with little or no snowfall, all snow was manufactured. We found that the snow on the intermediate slope nearest the beginner slope was much easiest for a beginner to ski as the beginner slope consisted of small balls of ice in large patches in some areas, and smoother icy patches in others. This intermediate slope (Dante's inferno) didn't seem to be steeper and the snow had a layer of powder. The lifts were halted frequently to accommodate the younger children utilizing the lifts on this holiday weekend - it's a family friendly resort - which would have been made more comfortable had there been ski rests below the seats. I found myself flexing my legs in an effort to relieve the strain on my knees from dangling skis. Due to the extreme cold, the slopes were uncrowded and the lift lines extremely short. We had a great time! It's close enough to Chicago to make the Midwest skiing experience worthwhile!
Devil's Head review written Jan 03 2015 - 07:06 PM
Renee R. Intermediate Skier
The hills are good for beginners and intermediate skiers. The resort it self is showing it's age, and in need of some TLC. My room was tolerable but with a security chain the only real lock keeping a damage exterior door secure as well as a strong musty smell, staying in the room was not an option. Reasonable food was available at several restaurants, but be warned the Cornucopia is expensive and not worth the money.
Devil's Head review written Dec 26 2014 - 04:29 PM
Gary gp Advanced Skier
Buying and redeeming the tickets was a breeze! Devil's Head is a great place to go for a day trip. The rooms here lack quite a bit. They have very old televisions (unable to plugin hdmi device), the hot tubs seem to always be an issue and don't perform the way you'd expect either. The bar however makes up for those issues... Great staff everywhere within the resort.
Devil's Head review written Dec 23 2014 - 02:16 PM
Tom G Advanced Snowboarder
going again in 2 weeks. i spent 3 hours of constant falling then i got the hang of it. will recommend.
Devil's Head review written Dec 15 2014 - 03:09 PM
Kamel Y Beginner Snowboarder
Fun hill to visit, reasonable prices for lift tickets. Not too crowded. Only drawback was I found the lifts to be a little slow. Would go here again!
Devil's Head review written Mar 10 2014 - 02:20 PM
Gabbie G Intermediate Skier
The Inn was very old and basic and like staying in a college dorm, but did the trick. The indoor pool made my kids happy. The food was ok. The rentals for skiing, the runs, and the staff were all great. Would choose Devils Head for skiing any day over our previous outing to Grand Geneva.
Devil's Head review written Feb 25 2014 - 02:29 PM
Jodi Beginner Skier
Trip was awesome.... Liftopia made it easy tthe tickets where easy to get from front desk. Devils head has a lot of great trails. I would use liftopia again with out a doubt.
Devil's Head review written Feb 25 2014 - 06:07 AM
Jim O Intermediate Skier
Liftopia made this trip soooo easy. We had our printed tickets, walked up to the hotel counter and had lift tickets and a rental form in our hands in under 2 minutes. No waiting in a ticket line for a cashier. The Runs were good that day. We had about 2-3" of snow the night before. A lot of lifts that should have been open on a weekend were for some reason closed. This made for some long lines at the lifts, but it wasn't the end of the world. I would definitely go again, and I will DEFINITELY use liftopia to buy my lift tickets in advance
Devil's Head review written Feb 18 2014 - 05:30 PM
Mikey J Intermediate Skier
The slop was nice; good quality snow and interesting courses. Rental facility could be better. In order to secure boots and poles, you should be there before 11 am.
Devil's Head review written Feb 18 2014 - 09:07 AM
Rich Intermediate Skier
Same comments re: Liftopia tickets needing to be redeemed at the hotel counter, but I guess it says it on the tickets so it wasn't a surprise for us. It was a surprise that they were so adamant about needing printed tickets since they can't just scan/take numbers from a phone. They relented and printed my ticket for me in the back, but only after they got through a large crowd of customers. My girlfriend was able to rent equipment rather effortlessly, but the same can't be said for me. They run out of everything size 12 or larger early in the morning, so get there before the crowds if you're renting and have large feet. I luckily found a size 14 boot at 12pm, but had to wait until after 2pm for a set of skis to be returned. I helped my girlfriend on the bunny hill in the mean time, and grabbed a beer at the bar (SLOW service), so it wasn't a total loss of time, but it was a bummer. They did offer a gear refund (not lift ticket), and once they got a pair, they also held it for me, which was great. Will go back, but earlier next time or maybe just buy my own gear.
Devil's Head review written Feb 17 2014 - 02:28 PM
Bob G. Intermediate Skier
Went on 2/8/14 and about 1-2" of powdery snow came down during the day and the temp was about 20*, so conditions were excellent. Lines for the left triple lift took about 5 minutes between 11am-3pm, but outside these times it was basically snowboard up and get on in under a minute. I'm still a beginner, so the green run was enough for me; very easy but fun and not really that crowded. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the entire lodge and all the restaurants in it (except the fancy one, which we've just never tried) were disgusting. I would fully recommend bringing your own food as the dining areas and food prep areas look like they may only be cleaned at the beginning of the season. The service at both restaurants is also extremely slow despite relatively small crowds and open seats at all times. Be warned! Despite the lodge, I would and have come again.
Devil's Head review written Feb 10 2014 - 02:15 PM
Tom Beginner Snowboarder
I brought my son and 4 friends on one of the coldest days of the year (hovering around 0 degrees), so as you might expect, there were only about 25-30 people on the hill that day. I hadn't been to Devil's Head in decades and forgot that the Lodge where I exchanged my Liftopia receipts for tickets (don't let your group forget their individual IDs, as they're needed) is the primary location to purchase tickets. There is another ticket office just outside of the rental area, but you cannot exchange Liftopia tickets there. I recommend that you park just outside of the Lodge as it's the closest parking area. Around 2:00pm, because of the limited number of skiers, the two operating lifts were reduced to one, limiting access to the farthest right (harder) and left (easier) slopes. However, the snow was great and my guys were able to get in around 40 runs. A good day was had by all.
Devil's Head review written Feb 07 2014 - 09:37 AM
Brad H. Advanced Skier
We skied on a Monday and only two lifts were running. The right hand areas which were supposed to be the more challenging black runs were not really accessible. The blue runs were very easy and the blacks we could access should be average blue runs. The staff were friendly and the lifts were easy to navigate. The lift for the green runs on the left stopped frequently for extended periods and was very slow. For not having snow for several days, the grooming was pretty good. Considering the Liftopia prices, it was a good deal for a fun day.
Devil's Head review written Feb 05 2014 - 02:21 PM
Warren J Intermediate Skier
Had a pretty good time skiing at Devil's Head once I finally found where to get my lift ticket purchased through Liftopia. Finding where I needed to go was a bit challenging at this older resort. All the runs I was on are really shades of blue, not any true blacks as the trail map shows. A few runs on the far right side of the hill were closed for snow making, so I never got to see if they were more advanced runs or not. The staff did a great job taking care of the lift loading/unloading areas making it easy to get on and off the lift. They were always on top of grooming these areas to make sure there was enough snow for skiers getting on and off the lifts. Very good grooming here also, no unexpected bumps while skiing down. Good view over the Wisconsin River and all the staff I talked with were very nice and helpful, thank you!
Devil's Head review written Feb 04 2014 - 08:09 PM
Shannon N. Advanced Skier
When redeeming your liftopia ticket you need to go to the hotel reception which is in the same building but quite a long way away from the ski rental and the place where you would have bought your tickets on the day. They do allow you to bring your own food which is a good idea as the prices are typical of a ski area and the food available is okay but not great. The skis that they rented out were well looked after and tuned and pretty decent value for a 1 day rental. Ours were still in Sports Authority getting tuned. The ski area is great for beginners. Our family are all experienced skiers and we didn't expect too much but the runs were good albeit short. If you are a skiing family in need of a mid winter fix then it is a good place to chose but I would suggest snowboarding. It is not a place where experienced skiers would find much fun after a few hours. However for beginners and intermediates this might be the place. Living in Chicago it is probably the best around here unless you go two hours further North to Granite Peak or head up even further to the UP. The snowboarders had a couple of terrain parks to practice tricks and grinding etc. seemed like an ideal choice.....
Devil's Head review written Jan 22 2014 - 03:35 PM
Paul Advanced Skier
This was my second time out skiing. I found the beginner green run to be a great place to learn and enjoyed that it wasn't crowded on the day that I went (made me less nervous as I am still learning). I enjoyed Devils Head and found it to remind of a ski lodge/resort. I love how the cafeteria faces out onto the slopes and you can watch people going down on their snow boards and skis while snacking/eating/relaxing. Also, the bar area is quite nice. We are thinking about going back to stay in the lodge next time.
Devil's Head review written Jan 03 2014 - 02:08 PM
Laura T. Beginner Skier
I took my first trip to devils head last winter. We were a bit nervous since it was the anniversary of their ski lift accident the year before, but they replaced the lift with a new quad! As we drove up to the hill we were amazed at how big it was. The chalet was HUGE! We went down our first run, going as fast as we could and it actually took us a while to get to the bottom. The parks were awesome too. Some people think the resort is a bit 1970's, and yes I did see that a bit, but it is definitely making a turnaround. Especially since they are replacing lifts 1 and 2 with another new quad lift for the 2012-2013 season. I will definitely be making my way to devils head this season!
Devil's Head review written Sep 16 2012 - 08:22 AM
Matt K. Intermediate Snowboarder

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