People Head Outdoors To Enjoy The Warmer Weather

Just a week ago people were getting cabin fever as the windchill dropped to 50 below.

"I would not be caught dead out here, absolutely not," said cross country skier, Hilary Scholtz

Over the weekend, climbing temperatures let people shake their limbs, get out and get active.

"It was absolutely fantastic skiing. Perfect conditions." said Scholtz

More than 50 kids enjoyed the weather through the Wausau Nordic Ski Club's Snow Striders program. It's free cross country ski lessons for kids three- to nine-years-old on Sundays.

"It was a lot of fun," said Snow Strider Annaliese Wagers. "We went down the hill and we had races at the end."

"Their cheeks are rosy. There's a lot of big smiles and they are getting hot and sweaty and can't wait to go inside and have coco," said Snow Striders Instructor Anne Marschall.

The club also offers free lessons for older kids and adults throughout the week, as well as other winter-weather activities.

Doepke Park in Rib Mountain also gave people a lot of different outdoor options.

"It's been beautiful here," said Park Manager Jason Kickbusch. "Like I said, the sun was out, we had a lot of people down here. The only bad thing is it's melting the ice a little bit."

If this beautiful weather still isn't getting you outside, there are other ways you can stay active this winter. Gymnastics is one popular activity at the Woodson YMCA. More than 400 gymnasts ages five to 18 from all over Wisconsin and Upper Michigan competed in the Starlight Invitational this weekend.

"With the rise in childhood obesity gymnastics is one sport that engages the entire body," said Woodson YMCA Gymnastics Director Cheryl Randl. "I mean if you look at any of these gymnasts, you can see that they're in great shape from head to toe and that carries on through into adulthood."

"It takes a lot of confidence and I like hanging out with my team," said Anika Eder, a competitive gymnast. "It's just a fun sport for me because I really enjoy it with all of the challenges."

If gymnastics is not your thing, The Y also offers many other indoor activities and classes so you can stay active.


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