Cascade Mountain Ski Resort Retaining Walls

  • Location: Portage, Wisconsin
  • Contractor: Wieser Concrete
  • Size: 310 linear feet of retaining wall ranging 8′ to 16′ tall.
  • Purpose: To provide a new precast retaining wall to replace failing wood walls.

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About this Project

Due to the intense rainfall causing significant ground saturation this summer, the existing timber retaining walls at Cascade Mountain failed. Cascade Mountain is a ski, snowboard, and snow tube resort located in Portage, WI. The project called for new precast concrete retaining walls to be built around the bunny hill and carpet lift. Also needed were two 6′ x 10′ three-sided vaults to house the top and bottom of the carpet lift while providing easy maintenance access. The lift was raised as well with precast concrete blocks being used as the foundation. At our Portage facility, we produced 310 linear feet of freestanding precast retaining wall with a formliner finish ranging 8′ to 16′ tall.

This project was entirely designed by Wieser Concrete to fit the mountain topography. Cascade managed the site work, while Wieser boom truck operators delivered and installed the panels. When Cascade Mountain underwent a major expansion about 2 years ago, we designed a custom bridge with large wing walls as part of the project. Matt Vohs, Mountain Manager at Cascade, commented, “I turned to Wieser for a turnkey solution for a retaining wall that would be trouble free for many years. Time was a factor so I needed a fast, yet permanent solution. Mark Wieser was my first call. Wieser is easy to work with and able to adapt to changes in any situation. The team of installers was safe, fast, and efficient. I couldn’t be happier with the results and the knowledge that these walls will outlive me!” Wieser Concrete is able to manage the design and installation of a product while customizing it to fit our customer’s needs.