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Fall colors hit peak this weekend in Northern WisconsinSubmitted: 10/11/2018
Rose McBride
Rose McBride
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rmcbride@wjfw.com

Fall colors hit peak this weekend in Northern Wisconsin
WAUSAU - In Northern Wisconsin, something beautiful happens in the fall. 

"The oranges and yellows are just popping," said Maggie Haze, who is visiting from Milwaukee. 

The trees create picturesque scenes that can be seen for miles, if you're in the right spot. 

Haze was driving from Minneapolis to Door County and when she saw the colors in Wausau, she just had to stop to look around.


One of the best places to view the colors is on a chairlift at Granite Peak. 

"When you're on the ski lift it's just quiet," said Haze. 

Granite Peak has been running the fall chairlift rides for at least 18 years. 

"I don't think that will ever go away as long as we have trees and nature around us," said Granite Peak Director of Marketing Lisa Zilinksy. 

People travel from all around the state and even Chicago to see the fall colors, which will be most vibrant this weekend.

Zilinsky says this year peak time for colors in Wausau is October 10 to 15.

The fall rides bring business to the ski resort even when it isn't snowing, which could happen sooner rather than later. 

"We're shooting [to open] November 17 this year, obviously pending weather, but we got a little bit of flurries today," said Zilinsky. 

Since Haze last drove through Wausau, the colors aren't the only thing that's changed. The temperatures are much cooler signaling that fall is here to stay.

"I was in sandals and a t-shirt and now I'm completed bundled up," said Haze. 

Granite Peak is open for fall chair rides this weekend. The last day for fall rides is October 21. 


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