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Embrace Wisconsin winters in the great outdoors

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The season’s first snowstorm has officially set the stage for winter in Wisconsin, which means #SnowFOMO (“fear of missing out”) is setting in for many residents and visitors.

Luckily, Travel Wisconsin has the cure.  On Thursday, Lisa Marshall, Wisconsin Department of Tourism Communications Director stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to talk about ways to enjoy the great outdoors.

January is "Learn to Ski Month," and beginners and experts alike can hit the slopes at one of Wisconsin’s more than 30 ski hills.

Marshall says, the great thing about Wisconsin’s 30 ski areas is that they make their own snow and all of them offer different experiences for all levels of abilities.  Devil’s Head Resort in Merrimac offers a Winter Getaway Package that includes 2-nights, meals, lessons, ski or snowboard rentals and lift tickets starting at $340.

The latest trend at ski areas is snow tubing. Sunburst Winter Sports Park in Kewaskum is home to more than 40 snow tubing lanes, making it the world’s largest tubing park.

Marshall says you can enjoy the winter wonderland with a candlelight ski, snowshoe or hike at your local state park.

Wisconsin’s state park system is offering more than 30 candlelight ski, hike and snowshoeing events this winter alone.  The parks light the trails with luminaries or torches and depending on the trail conditions you can hike, snowshoe or ski. There are usually bonfires, hot chocolate and snacks at the end.

Governor Dodge is offering candlelight ski and hike next weekend and Blue Mounds State Park will host a candlelight ski and snowshoe as part of Mt. Horeb’s Scandihoovian Winter Festival Feb. 5-7. The festival also includes live music, a vintage snowmobile show, ice skating, sledding, an old-fashioned spelling bee and more.

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