Wisconsin receives a large amount of regular snowfall each winter, averaging around 40 inches in the southern portions with up to 160 inches annually in the Lake Superior snowbelt each year.
Down Hill Skiing/Snowboarding
The first significant snowfall of the skiing season usually arrives in the north in November, and the majority of resorts are able to open in the month of December. Wisconsin is home to 36 ski resorts with
Cross Country Skiing
Wisconsin is a state with endless trails and breathtaking scenery, with close to 700 miles of cross country skiing. Wisconsin cross country skiing is a tradition that dates back to the early part of the twentieth century when Scandinavian settlers brought their skiing tradition to this country, used as a means of travel and work. Wisconsin still offers hundreds of miles of scenery, in settings that have not much changed since the sport was first introduced. The trails of today, however, are very well groomed and kept up for ease of use and enjoyment. Expert or novice, there is a trail just waiting here for you to discover.
The American Birkebeiner, a 52K cross-country ski race between Cable and Hayward, is the largest on the North American continent. Haward annually host 8,000 skiers of all ages, genders and nationalities that participate in the Birkebeiner, the 23K Kortelopet, Prince Haakon 12K, the children’s Barnebirkie, Junior Birkie, Elite Sprints, and Family Fun Ski.
The “motor toboggan,” more commonly known as the snowmobile, was invented in Wisconsin by Carl Eliason, a creative hunter in Sayner, Wisconsin who had trouble snowshoeing to his trap lines. Today, with over 25,000 miles of well-groomed trails and 350 miles of snowmobile super highways running through spectacular scenery, snowmobiling in Wisconsin has become one of the Midwest’s premier winter destinations. Eagle River Wisconsin is known as the Snowmobile Capital of the World.
Fishing is a four-season sport in Wisconsin and ice fishing has a longstanding tradition in the Badger state. Many highly desirable species, including walleye, panfish and northern pike, are active and catchable throughout winter.