October 26, 2014

Recreational trails, hills have snow cover

Regardless of where you live in Wisconsin, there’s plenty of snow for recreation.

Drivers might have a hard time with it, but outdoor enthusiasts around the state are loving the white stuff. Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett says ski hills are open for business. “They’re open, they’re making snow. All they need is cold temperatures and they’ve got that already.”

Also, Klett says snowmobile trails are good to go, as are trails for cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and snow tubing. The Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report is now active; it gives an idea of what to expect in a particular region of the state.

Klett says the snow report is a lot like the fall color report. “You can go county by county — all 72 counties are listed. You can go to the city or community you want and it will let you know how many inches of snow, what the weather forecast is like, and what the snow conditions are. So, it is a fantastic tool. It is updated every couple days with reporters in that county.”

Granite Peak ski area — the tallest, largest ski area in Wisconsin — has announced more than $25 million in improvements over the last decade, making it better and more modern than ever. “We’re also an easy drive from anywhere in Wisconsin and other nearby states,” says Vicki Baumann, General Manager, in a press release. “The luxury of a drive-to vacation is very attractive for busy families and couples who don’t have time for airport expenses and delays.”

Winter recreation has a huge impact on Wisconsin’s $16.8 billion tourism industry. Klett says winters can “make or break us.”

Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report launched on Monday, November 25th.