Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Two runners in the Tuscobia Winter Ultra © JULIEBERG.BLOGSPOT.COM

It's uphill from Rice Lake to Park Falls.
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December 2012

Wisconsin Traveler

Embrace the season.

Amanda Laurenzi

Wisconsin is notorious for its winters and each year seems to live up to the stereotype. Don't let the cold weather keep you inside. Explore snowmobile and snowshoe trails along with skiing and snowboarding hills. If you aren't into winter sports, join in on the fun at parties and get-togethers around the state. Don't be a Scrooge this winter; embrace the season!

Head up to Hurley December 6-9 for the Red Light Rally event, which hosts not only fantastic snowmobiling trails, but various events such as the Poker Run. Make sure to grab a map of the area and trails before going out. Contact Susan at (715) 561-4334 for more information.

The Christmas spirit is contagious on December 22 as Pleasant Prairie presents its annual Holiday Ice Show . The event features holiday music, bright lights and colorful costumes as all styles of ice skaters perform. Following the show is an opportunity to skate with Santa. For more information visit pleasantprarieonline.com or call (262) 925-6752.

For those seeking more challenging adventures, check out the Tuscobia Winter Ultra in Park Falls, December 28-30. You can run, bike or ski this race at 150-mile, 75-mile or 35-mile distances based on your skill level. The 150-mile race starts Friday at the Chequamegon Canoe Club Bistro. The 75-mile race is held Saturday, starting in Rice Lake and ending in Park Falls. The 35-mile pointto- point race will begin in Winter on Saturday. Parking will be available near the finish line in Park Falls. Preregistration is required; there is no race day registration. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Friends of Tuscobia Trail, Inc. For more information call (651) 755-5880 or email tuscobia@gmail.com with questions or comments.

New Year's Eve is a time for celebration! But if you had a little too much fun, join the club and do it all over again at the Lugerville Chasers New Year's Hangover Party in Phillips on January 1. The event features food, games, raffles and more. Everyone is welcome. Proceeds go toward trail maintenance. The event runs 1 to 5 p.m. For information call (715) 339-4066 or email belanbuilders@pctcnet.net.

Not all sports have to be intense. The Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe event held at Mirror Lake State Park near Wisconsin Dells is a great example of a fun-filled and relaxing winter evening on the trails. Skiers, hikers and snowshoers follow torch-lit trails as they embark on a nighttime journey 6 to 8 p.m. on January 5. The Friends of Mirror Lake will provide bonfires and a fundraiser for the park by selling food and beverages. Call (608) 254-2333 or email Rebecca.Green@wisconsin.gov with questions or comments.

Come to the Jack Frost Fest in Spooner on January 12 for some family fun! Events such as the Antique Snowmobile Show, Pond Hockey Tournament, Family Ice fishing Contest, Turkey Bowling, Toilet Seat Toss, Rib & Chili Contest Bonfire and Marshmallow Roasting, Open Skating and other great events are reasons to bring your family for a day of games and food. The event starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. For more information call (715) 635-2168, visit spoonerchamber.org or email aaron@spoonerchamber.org.

Ice carver with carving and child © WWW.JANBOREE.ORG
Carvers tackle 300-pound ice blocks in Waukesha.
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Explore Waukesha with the whole family Jan. 18-20 for the Waukesha JanBoree . Events such as the Ice Sculpting Contest (Sat. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) provide an opportunity for novice and international carvers to form 300-pound blocks of ice into works of art. Other events can be seen at janboree.org

If you haven't had enough competition in the season, don't worry – there is still one more event for you! The Badger State Winter Games in Wausau on January 19 features Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, curling, figure skating, bowling, billiards, archery and more! Competitors from around Wisconsin and other Midwest states come together to compete in these events. For more information and registration, visit badgerstategames.org and spectator admission is free.

Amanda Laurenzi is an editorial staffer for Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.