Wisconsin Verbs

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

CAVOC Trails Rhinelander, WI

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.

Wisconsin Skis: Elver Park (quick before it melts)

I received an email while I was at work today confirming that Madison ski trails were open after we received a bit of snow. Looking out the window at the sunny, 35 degree day, I couldn’t resist so I took a half day of vacation to go for a ski. 

Luckily, MadNorSki volunteers partnered with the City of Madison again to create a man-made loop at Elver Park. The natural snow on top of this substantial base made for a really fun ski today. The groomed loop isn’t very big, but there’s a nice enough hill to remind me how out of shape I am.

Wisconsin Skis: Skiing while pregnant

My ski training has been on the slow track this year because my husband and I are expecting a baby in June! I had signed up for the American Birkebeiner, however as soon as I discovered that I was pregnant, I knew it wouldn’t be in the cards this year. 

Wisconsin Skis: Make-up ski at Eau Claire Tower Ridge

After training to ski the Birkie, and eating a little extra during tapering, I was itching to get my skis on one more time this season. The snowstorm missed the Hayward/Cable area, but had dumped up to a foot in areas of Wisconsin. 

I checked the snow depth reports and SkinnySki.com and determined that Tower Ridge in Eau Claire County was the best place to drown my tears in a pile-o-snow. I arrived to see a parking lot full of cars with Birkie and Korte stickers. There were so many skiers wearing the 2017 Birkie Participant hat — some were even wearing their race bibs. 

Wisconsin Skis: The 2017 Birkie that didn’t happen

This February, a week of springtime temperatures and an inch of rain quickly melted most of the snow in Wisconsin.  Seven days before the Birkie, I went for a run in Madison. It was 60 degrees so I wore a t-shirt and enjoyed the warmth of the sunshine while knowing that it probably meant the race I was training for wouldn’t happen.