Wisconsin Verbs

An active journey through the best state in the U.S.

A ski trail through snow-covered pines

Wisconsin Skis: 2023 Minocqua Winter Park

For my “Mom gets a weekend away” trip, I decided to spend some time in beautiful Minocqua Winter Park. I lucked out on the weather and conditions as they had gotten half a foot of snow earlier in the week and temps were around twenty degrees with low wind. The trails were expertly groomed, the base firm enough to glide easily, but soft enough so the occasional fall didn’t hurt. It’s the kind of snow where you feel confident and in control when taking on the hills.

Cross Country Ski trail at Nine Mile Forest

Wisconsin Skis: Nine Degrees at Nine Mile

My search for snow brought me to Northern Wisconsin this weekend. After a nice ski at the Moccasin Lake Ski Trail on Saturday, I decided to head to the Nine Mile Forest Trails near Wausau. The skate deck was in great shape and there was plenty of coverage from recent snowfalls, but the the nine degree high for the day left me with little glide.

Pleasant View Golf Course Ski Trails, Middleton, WI

Wisconsin Skis: Madison Skiing into 2021

I have never been more grateful to be on skis.

Nine months into a global pandemic and Madison has been blanketed in snow from a few storms over the holiday season. I can’t begin to put into words how good it felt to be out on the ski trails. 

CAVOC Trails Rhinelander, WI

Wisconsin Skis: Rhinelander CAVOC Trails

Our life leaves less time for skiing with a toddler at home, so we were lucky to head to the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC) trails just outside of Rhinelander. The trails are open to the public most weekends unless there is a ski race, but the particular time that we visited we found the grooming to be impeccable and no one else skiing the trails. There were plenty of volunteers preparing for the big high school and middle school races that would be held the following weekend.