Secret winter getaways!
It’s no secret that Wisconsin winters are big on outdoor fun – from snowmobiling to ice fishing, cross-country skiing to snowshoeing, there’s so much to enjoy. But Wisconsin’s winter destinations hold a few surprises that even lifelong residents might not be aware of. So lace up your boots, grab your mittens and join the fun.
Vintage rides – snowmobiling in Sayner-Star Lake
This winter, ride your snowmobile back in time in this beautiful Vilas County community. Sayner is where it all started – the modern snowmobile was invented here way back in the 1920s. You can see that early “motor toboggan” on display in Sayner but the real fun is riding through the same beautiful forests that inspired Carl Eliason to build this amazing machine.
Totally tubular – West Bend tubing fun
The world’s largest tubing park is located just 5 miles north of West Bend at Sunburst Winter Sports Park. Hold on to your ski cap – this is not your neighborhood tubing hill. The park features 42, 1,300-foot lanes that will drop tubers 10 stories as they reach speeds of 40 miles per hour. It’s a ton of fun for kids of all ages and the park’s lifts make it easy to play all afternoon.
Convenient thrills – downhill skiing in the Stevens Point Area
While the U.S. has some of the best skiing on earth, too many hills are inconvenient for an easy weekend getaway. Good news: there’s some great skiing that’s closer than you might think. Standing Rocks County Park in the Stevens Point Area offers family-friendly downhill skiing right in the heart of Wisconsin. It’s a legitimate ski destination: the longest run stretches 1,200 feed with a 125-foot vertical drop. There’s a lodge and ski shop on site and skiing is open on weekends throughout the ski season.
Fun, fourfold – ice fishing in Rusk County
Rusk County is a fishing destination that too many anglers have not experienced. The county offers a lot for fishermen to love – home to four beautiful rivers and 250 lakes and flowages. Check out Potato Lake and the Big Falls, the Flambeau flowage and Lake Holcombe. And don’t miss Fun on the Frozen Flambeau, held February 20-21, which features an ice fishing contest with over $20,000 in prizes.