This historic stone chalet is named after the renowned World War II army alpine 10th Mountain Division, which trained to fight and travel on skis and fought battles in the mountains of Europe against Hitler and his allies. Following the victory in World War II, members of the 10th Mountain Division returned home and opened or founded most of the ski areas that we have in the U.S. today.
The Historic Chalet was built in 1939 to replace a temporary structure that had served the ski area since itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s opening in 1937. Funds for the chalet were raised by the Marathon Civic Corporation, a local community group that is still active with the ski area today. The Historic Chalet was built of native stone to ensure its longevity, and two massive stone fireplaces, with hearths on both of the building's two level.
One room is named in honor of Joe Duskey, a local member of the 10th Mountain Division who was killed in World War II and was an accomplished skier at Rib Mountain during the early years.
Over the last fifteen years, Granite Peak has completed a major renovation of the Historic Chalet both inside and outside. The stonework, siding, interior pine paneling, and flooring have been replaced along with the addition of a new kitchen and tavern.