Looking for Something Fun This Winter? We Found Quite a Few For You!

By: Kristen Guilfoos
By: Kristen Guilfoos

Now that we're warming up above zero, you might actually want to spend some time outdoors.
We found some great, family friendly activities happening all across the state.
So you can enjoy everything winter in wisconsin has to offer.

When it comes to skiing, the Badger State definitely has some major bragging rights.
Danielle Johnson with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism says, "Wisconsin is home to 445 runs at over 30 downhill ski areas. We're actually third in the nation for the number of ski runs in our state which is pretty incredible."

The biggest of which, of course, is right in our backyard - Granite Peak.
Another good one relatively close by is Cascade Mountain in Portage.

"January is actually learn to ski and snowboard month, so if you've never hit the slopes before, this is a perfect opportunity to do so. Many ski areas have discounts and specials to get first-timers out on the slopes and enjoying a new winter sport."

From the bunny slope to the black diamond, you can check the ski conditions anytime, anywhere by clicking on Ski Conditions They have 103 reporters covering 72 counties.

The Wisconsin winter activity calendar is packed this time of year.

On Saturday, January 26th you can snow shoe by candlelight at Rib Mountain State Park.

"Another one is at the Flambeau River State Forest. This is their 21st annual candlelight ski there are going to be 600 candles lighting your way. At the end there is going to a bonfire. You can bring your own dinner. Cook on the grill. Both of these are fantastic events."

You can also check out the Fish Creek Winter Festival February 1-3.

"This is a crazy festival that includes toilet seat throw, a costume fruit loop run, bed races, a snow shoe dance contest."

Then there's the Hudson Hot Air Affair happening the same weekend.

"At night they do a moon glow, so all the balloons light up and they go into the air. It's pretty spectacular."

If you can't make it out to any of these winter vacation hot spots, no need to worry, you can pretend you were there by sweaterizing yourself.

Johnson explains how it works. "It's really easy. Just go to Travel Wisconsin on Facebook . Upload a photo of you or a friend. Pick your sweater, pick your outdoor winter scene and then customize it. You can choose from felt mustaches, a cheese head, pom poms, there's a lot of accessories to choose from. Then you just go ahead and share that on Facebook with your friends."

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