Cold Winter Proves Great for Winter Recreational Sports

The sunshine has us all hopeful for summer to come, especially since this winter has been one for the books.

Even though it's been bone-chilling cold, it's been great for businesses that depend on it for outdoor activities.

Downhill skiers like Erik Miller love the outdoors.

"I've been down a black diamond or two," Miller said.

Outside runners like Megan Baca layer up for the weather.

"I put on my Under Armor," Baca said.

Ice anglers like Seth Wescott enjoyed the winter up north on the lake.

"I went ice fishing a couple times up in Tomahawk," Wescott said.

Even though Miller, Baca and Wescott like different winter activities, they agree on one thing: this winter has been downright cold.

"To honest, I actually didn't make it out that much this winter," Miller said. "The winter was really really cold."

The cold everyone has talked about has helped and hindered businesses in Central Wisconsin.

At Granite Peak, they've had about 80,000 people so far this season out on the hills.

Trailmates Snowmobile Club President Randy Thurs said the super cold has made for a smooth ride on the snowmobile trails.

"Snowmobiling has been awesome," Viegut's Do it Express Co-Owner Brian Viegut said. "It's probably the best winter we've had in ... I can't remember how long."

At Sylvan Tubing Hill, numbers are different from last year.
Karyn Powers, of Sylvan Tubing Hill, said in the 2012-2013 season, there were 11,149 people who public tubed. In the 2013-2014 season so far, there have been about 10,184 public tubers.

The winter has been a roller coaster for ice anglers.

Viegut said he took his shanty off the ice in February, a month before the March deadline.

"We took it off because the slush was getting bad," Viegut said. "It was hard to fish. It was wet and miserable. There was deep snow, and the fishing wasn't that good."

While the winter was good for some and just too cold for others, Miller, Baca and Wescott agreed on one more thing.

"It's (Winter) been too long," Baca said. "It just needs to go away. All this white needs to turn green!"

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