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Fighting the War on Winter - Learning How to Ski

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Many of us tend to wage a destructive "War on Winter." When the snow falls and those chilly temperatures set in, we grumble and whine. So if you're looking to make the winter pass a bit quicker, the best thing you can do is take up a winter hobby. In Your Town: Greater Wausau Area, we have tons of options to embrace whatever Mother Nature throws at us - including one that is so prominent it can be seen from miles around.

Rib Mountain proudly stand 700 feet at it's highest point - creating the perfect setting for some world class skiing. Granite Peak Ski Area is on the north side of Rib Mountain. It covers 405 acres; with approximately 325 skiable acres. With 75 runs, there is something for all levels. It has 2 terrain parks, high-speed quad lift, and 100% of its runs are covered by snow-making guns. The season runs mid-November until early April.

If you are a bit intimidated to try skiing, you can always get a lesson or two. NewChannel 7's Amy Pflugshaupt took her first ski lesson and managed to survive. To see her experience, click on the video above.

Granite Peak Ski Instructor, Sam Benson has been skiing for 21 years and has been an instructor for 6; he says anyone can learn to ski. Benson says, "Anyone can pick it up. I've seen people out here as old as 95. Skiing is definitely a life-long sport." He encourages any beginner to take a class. Then go out and practice on their own. And then take another class. Skiing is not something that most people can pick up on in just one session, but Benson says once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy to master.

Skiing is not your only option to pass the time in the winter. Click on the links below to explore some of the winter fun (cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, & more) in Your Town: Greater Wausau Area.

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