Snow Sports

When winter weather spans a good number of months, you find ways to enjoy it. That holds especially true in our state where Wisconsin ski resorts and snow sports are more popular than ever. The state has 700 well-groomed cross-country ski trails and more than 250 snowshoe trails.

Let’s start with the cross-country category. Along with conventional daytime routes, there are lighted trails that help extend your options and candlelight ski events that have become so popular the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has real-time updates so you know when events are filling up.

The American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race, which starts in Cable and meanders to a finish line in Hayward, is the largest race of its kind in North America and ranks among the top three in the world. Racers can choose the classic ski race with skiers staying in tracks and that’s 55 km, or the skate course that has skiers creating an “x” when pushing off like speed skaters do and that clocks in at 50 km.

State parks with pristine cross-country ski trails include Lapham Peak near Milwaukee, Mirror Lake near Wisconsin Dells, Willow River near Hudson, the Brule River State Forest in Brule, Copper Falls State Park near Ashland, and Kettle Moraine State Forest near Greenbush. A popular Nordic ski center is Minocqua Winter Park with 80+ km of groomed trails. In Green Bay, the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary has groomed flat trails ideal for beginners.

For downhill skiers, try the 1950s-era Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area in Dresser in the northern part of the state or the ancient Penokee Range at Whitecap Mountains in Upson with views of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. In central Wisconsin, Granite Peak at Rib Mountain State Park in Wausau has 75 runs spread out over the face of this 700-foot mountain, the tallest mountain in Wisconsin, made of a single chunk of quartzite that dates back two billion years. In southern Wisconsin, Cascade Mountain and Wilmot Mountain have both plowed millions into improvements over the last few years.

Snowshoeing is another terrific snow sport option. It’s a great workout, doesn’t require a tone of technical equipment and can be enjoyed in county and state parks and often right on the properties of Wisconsin B&Bs.

To really get the heart pumping, try fat biking on frozen lakes and snowy trails. You might say Wisconsin serves up the perfect storm for this sport – a warm and welcoming bike culture, great trails, and a love of the outdoors that doesn’t drop off when the temperatures do.

For the romantic in all of us, ask your innkeeper about horse-drawn sleigh rides.

Never tried ice fishing? Wisconsin B&B owners can hook you up with gear and guides and maybe even a toasty warm ice fishing shanty.

One final tidbit: The first snowmobile sled was invented in Wisconsin by Sayner resident Carl Eliason. Today, the state has 25,000 miles of snowmobile trails and Eagle River is “The Snowmobile Capital of the World.”

At The Lake House

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

When visiting At The Lake House be sure to ring your skis or ask Mary where you can rent some. You can just step outside onto the lake and enjoy the nature, lake side pubs, and ice fishermen and women enjoying beautiful Lake Como. Candlelight skiing, hiking and snowshoeing events will be held at a number of state parks and properties early next year, including an event at Big Foot Beach State Park in Lake Geneva. Facebook photo - See more at: http://www.gazettextra.com/article/20131227/WC/131229831#sthash.jKuNqlhB.dpuf - People looking for an opportunity to break in their new cross-country ski...

When visiting At The Lake House be sure to ring your skis or ask Mary where you can rent some. You can just step outside onto the lake and enjoy the nature, lake side pubs, and ice fishermen and women enjoying beautiful Lake Como. Candlelight skiing, hiking and snowshoeing events will be held at a number of state parks and properties early next year, including an event at Big Foot Beach State Park in Lake Geneva. Facebook photo - See more at: http://www.gazettextra.com/article/20131227/WC/131229831#sthash.jKuNqlhB.dpuf - People looking for an opportunity to break in their new cross-country skis or snowshoes or just getting out on their tried-and-true equipment will have plenty of opportunities this winter with 27 candlelight skis, hikes or snowshoes scheduled at Wisconsin state parks and other Department of Natural Resources properties, including sites in Lake Geneva and Eagle.Once again this year, early snows have blanketed the entire state, so most state parks and forests with ski trails have been able to groom and track the trails. While most of the events include options for skiing and hiking or snowshoeing, some trails are skiing only and some are hiking or snowshoeing only.

Stewart Inn

Wausau, Wisconsin

The top skiing resort in Wisconsin is just five miles from the Stewart Inn.  Granite Peak offers 75 runs, a 700-foot mountain, two high speed lifts, and skiing mid-November through early April.  We also offer groomed XC skiing trails (9 mile recreation and Sylvan Hills) and awesome tubing.

The top skiing resort in Wisconsin is just five miles from the Stewart Inn.  Granite Peak offers 75 runs, a 700-foot mountain, two high speed lifts, and skiing mid-November through early April.  We also offer groomed XC skiing trails (9 mile recreation and Sylvan Hills) and awesome tubing.

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