Question: What do Playboy Bunnies and snow bunnies have in common?
Answer: A rich history in the small town of Lake Geneva
No, I’m not talking about Geneva, Switzerland. Lake Geneva is a little piece of paradise in the great dairy state of Wisconsin. Less than 2 hours from the hustle and bustle of Chicago, this beautiful lake has been a destination for the elite since the late 1800s after the Great Chicago Fire. Once known as a place frequented by Al Capone, this quaint town also caught the eye of famous Chicagoan Hugh Hefner. In 1968, Hefner opened his second Playboy Club just a few miles from the lake. The Lake Geneva Playboy Club not only attracted celebrities like Sonny and Cher, but it also brought in wealthy locals who wanted to try their hand at skiing. You read that right; in addition to partying with the famous Playboy Bunnies and hitting the Jack Nicklaus’ designed golf course, this club offered the opportunity to ski in the winter.
In 1981, Playboy shut down and sold all of their resorts and clubs. Fortunately, the skiing fun has not stopped! Today, the now-named Grand Geneva Resort continues to open their ski hill every year for the public. This ski resort offers a huge footprint of 30 acres and a staggering 211 ft vertical drop. Before I became a Colorado non-native, I learned to ski at this little gem of a place. Although I missed my opportunity to don a bunny tail (mainly because no one wants to see that), I hope you keep this rich spirit alive if you ever find yourself skiing here.
You can check out some of the skiing in the video below: