Winter Fun in Wisconsin: Top Picks for January Events

The holiday frenzy is winding down and it’s time to retire the ugly Christmas sweater for another year (thank goodness). Now that your schedules are clearing up, we have a few suggestions. From snow sculpture competitions to snowmobile racing, and from bald eagle watching to winter festivals – here’s what we recommend to take you through the month of January in the badger state. 

The Big Chill – Racine (Jan. 10-12, 2014)

See some of the greatest snow sculptors in Wisconsin battle it out for a chance to advance to the U.S. National Championship. Even Michelangelo would be impressed with these talented folks and larger-than- life creations. 

AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby – Eagle River (Jan. 16-19, 2014)

On your mark. Get set. Go….to the (self-proclaimed) Snowmobile Capital of the World. This exhilarating World Championship Snowmobile Derby is the ultimate racing event boasting 1,400+ entries and over 30,000 spectators.

Bald Eagle Watching Days – Prairie du Sac (Jan. 17-18, 2014)

Watch these majestic creatures dance across the skies of Prairie du Sac. There will be a live “Birds of Prey” show Friday night and bird-watching events on Saturday with the release of a rehabilitated eagle. 

Phillips Flurry 5k and 10k Snowshoe Race/Walk – Phillips (Jan. 25, 2014)

Groomed ski trails will take you over rolling terrain and through the beautiful school forest. But you better bring your ‘A’ game, this trail isn’t a simple trek in the woods to grandma’s house! Post race, warm up with some chili and something sweet from the bake sale.

Snowflake Ski Jumping Tournament – Westby (Jan. 31- Feb. 1, 2014)

Competitors from the U.S. and around the world gather to tackle the 118-meter Olympic-size hill and hopefully stick a perfect landing. This is one event you won’t want to miss.

Fish Creek Winter Festival – Fish Creek (Jan. 31- Feb. 2, 2014)

Even Ol’ Man Winter enjoys a good party and Fish Creek is just the place. Take a ride on the trolley, admire the ice sculptures, hit the trails on a candlelight cross-country ski excursion and partake in some not-so-average winter activities (can you say costumed fun run?).

For even more hand-selected Wisconsin events, check out our winter playlist – it’s got one great event per day, every day this winter!

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