Winter in Wisconsin is all about having fun in the outdoors. Wisconsin generally gets ample snowfall and the state’s trails are among the best-groomed in the Midwest. There are dozens of great winter recreation hotspots in the state, but these three are among the very best, offering everything from cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to downhill skiing and snowmobiling.
Located less than an hour from Milwaukee, West Bend is a convenient winter sports destination for millions of Wisconsinites. West Bend is located near the southern boundary of the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, making the community a great staging area for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trips in the forest. The nearby Sunburst Ski Area offers skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. If you’re looking for winter fun, you’ll find it in West Bend.
Sparsely populated and covered with public lands, Rusk County is a winter paradise for cross-country skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers. Ride 300 miles of snowmobile trails running throughout the county. Find snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at Sisters Farms Trails or along the Blue Hills Trail System. You’ll find downhill skiing at Christie Mountain, offering 21 runs. Make plans to visit Rusk County this winter.
At the very center of the state, you’ll find the Stevens Point area, home of some great trails. The highlight of the Stevens Point area is Standing Rocks County Park. In addition to 10 miles of exceptional cross-country ski trails groomed for both traditional and skate-style skiing, the park offers downhill skiing. Downhill skiing is available every weekend throughout the winter. Cross-country ski trails can also be found at Iverson Park, the Plover River Trail and the Schmeeckle Reserve. So, grab your skis and head to the Stevens Point area today.
Other Wisconsin Winter Getaways:
- Rhinelander Area – More than 10 trails within a 20-minute drive.
- Boulder Junction – Some of the best cross-country ski trails in the state.
- Oneida County – One thousand miles of snowmobile trails.
- Middleton – Pleasant View Golf Course has excellent cross-country ski trails.
- Onalaska – Connect with snowmobile trails running throughout Wisconsin.
- Vilas County – Choose from 52 designated winter trails.