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Winter fun in the Midwest

2014-02-16T00:00:00Z Winter fun in the MidwestCarrie Steinweg Times Columnist nwitimes.com
February 16, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Well, we have had a doozie of a winter. It’s been pretty lousy if you have had to drive in it or walk in it or shovel it. But, it is beautiful to look out your window and see falling snow and if you enjoy winter sports, it’s been a great season for it. I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking that the Midwest would have been a perfect spot for the Winter Olympics.

Our family recently took advantage of the wintery weather to visit Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort, just over the border in Wilmot, Wis. I wish I could say that I bravely and gracefully made my way down the slopes, but our trip was short and I have never been on skis in my life. Perhaps next winter I’ll give it a try as they do have private, semi-private and group lessons for the newbies. However, we did get to spend an afternoon of fun at the tubing hill at Wilmot Mountain.

The resort dates back to 1938 and was one of the first successful ski resorts in the Midwest and the first to create artificial snow. in 1952 the snow machines were introduced allowing visitors to ski even when Mother Nature didn’t cooperate. Lights were also added in the 1950s for night skiing. There are 25 unique runs for skiers or snowboarders.

The tubing hill was a blast. It is actually just down the road in a separate area dedicated to tubing. You’re able to go down individually or connect your tubes to go down in a big group and you can reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. The 20 tubing lanes are 1,000 feet long and when you get to the end, there’s a conveyor system to return you and your tube to the top. The season goes into early March, so there’s still time to head up and check it out. For more information, visit www.wilmotmountain.com.

This is my favorite area to visit for an overnighter, no matter what time of year it is. Besides skiing, we went for a meal at a cute '50s style place, the Bristol 45 Diner, did some outlet shopping, stopped at the Jelly Belly Center and took a drive along the Lake Michigan shoreline, which looked really beautiful with all the snow and ice. I had to stop and take a few pictures. There are several wonderful museums and attractions in the area, some of  which are free. They have some great public beaches with free, easily accessible parking.

A visit to Wisconsin is also never complete without a stop for some cheese. We ended our trip with dinner at the Brat Stop, just off Interstate 94 where we watched the Super Bowl while we enjoyed fried cheese curds and bratwurst. Then I stopped in the gift shop to pick up some cheese and knockwurst and this amazing pastry called the “Racine Kringle.” It was a quick trip, but a great way to enjoy the winter weather with my family

For more on fun activities in the Kenosha area, go to www.visitkenosha.com.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. She can be reached at csteinw@yahoo.com.

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