Wisconsin Verbs

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

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.

Nine Mile Forest Cross Country Skiing

Wisconsin Skis: Nine Mile Forest

Nine Mile Forest is a gem of a ski trail tucked away in the rolling hills near Wausau, Wisconsin. The trail boasts of nearly 30km of great grooming, a huge lodge with dual fireplaces and lights for those night skiers. 

Two weeks before the Birkie, and I needed to get one more good ski in. The forecast was calling for 40 degree weather in Madison, so I headed north hoping that Wausau’s snow could hold out a bit longer.