We were never meant to hibernate, so get out in the Wisconsin snow to do some downhill skiing and snowboarding. With 30 ski areas around the state, there is an opportunity to discover the art of skiing and snowboarding with various surroundings and for an expanse of skill levels.
For those who want to learn to ski or snowboard, there's no time like the present – January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM). Taking a lesson from a pro is the best way to learn and begin to master the basics and techniques. It’s only a matter of time before you’re hitting the black diamond slopes.
5 Reasons to Try Skiing or Snowboarding
1. Family Time. Many parents take their children for bike rides in summer and skiing or snowboarding offers a great outdoor family activity for winter. Picture that proud moment when your little tyke makes their way down the hill at Granite Peak on their own the first time (without falling – hurray!). And if you’re not a pro skier or snowboarder yourself, most ski areas offer lessons for reasonable rates, for children as well as adults. Participating in a new activity as a family creates a lifetime of wonderful memories.
2. Experience Winter. Some people consider winter the time to bundle up inside and wait until spring arrives. Why waste the beautiful brisk weather and pristine snow? Winter brings a slew of new opportunities to play outside, and skiing and snowboarding are great winter sports getting you (and your family, significant other and friends) outside and living it up. Celebrate the amazing winter season at Trollhaugen Ski Resort. Embrace winter and all its possibilities – after all, being active and happy are part of many New Year’s resolutions!
3. It's Easy to Learn. So far we’ve established skiing and snowboarding are great for family time and getting outside to enjoy winter. But what about actually learning to ski and snowboard? There’s a lot more to it than strapping yourself in and going down the hill, hoping for the best. Luckily, almost every ski area in the state offers programs to teach you, and Cascade Mountain is a great family-friendly option. Qualified instructors teach basic techniques to make you successful when going down the hill the first time.
4. Take a Simple Winter Vacation. Looking for an easy winter vacation? Packing the car and finding a great place to ski and snowboard for a weekend makes for a fantastic winter getaway. Use the Snow Conditions Report to plan your next adventure, and find lodging and dining options nearby. Plus, many ski areas, like Tyrol Basin, offer nighttime skiing and snowboarding and other entertainment so you can be sure you won’t get bored. Learning to ski or snowboard makes for a fun and easy winter weekend getaway!
5. Be active and have fun. Finally, when it comes down to it, skiing and snowboarding are sports, which offer opportunities to be active, healthy and have fun – all at the same time! It takes work to maneuver down the hill and get back to the top, but just being in the fresh air really does wonders for your health. If it’s sunny on the hill, you can be sure you’re getting your fill of Vitamin D, something people find hard to do in winter. And lastly, spending time with family and friends while gliding down the hill of Wilmot Mountain, with an exhilarating feeling of pride and energy when you reach the bottom, is fun.
Bright sunlight, brisk air, stunning views, the swooshing sound and exhilarating feeling as you glide back and forth down a beautifully groomed hill awaits. Discover an exhilarating winter sport and spend time with family and friends. Once you learn, you’ll be hooked!