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Outdoor winter activities guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Jan. 12, 2010 at 3:23 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.

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There are literally hundreds of places to cross country ski in Milwaukee County and southeastern Wisconsin, but we'll give you the slightly abridged list here. All Milwaukee County parks allow free cross country skiing. Trails are open from dawn until 10 p.m.

  • Brown Deer
    7835 N. Green Bay Rd.
    (414) 350-7502
  • Havenwoods State Forest
    6141 N. Hopkins St.
    (414) 527-0232
  • Muskego
    S83 W20370 Janesville Rd., Muskego
    (262) 548-7801
  • Retzer Nature Center
    W284 S1530 Rd. DT, Waukesha
    (262) 896-8007
  • Schlitz Audubon Center
    1111 E. Brown Deer Rd.
    (414) 352-2880
  • Whitnall Park
    5879 S. 92nd St.
    (414) 425-7303
  • Wirth Park
    2585 Pilgrim Rd., Brookfield
    (262) 796-6675


Cascade Mountain Ski & Snowboard Area
Cascade Mountain Rd. (just off I-90/94), Portage
(800) 992-2754

Cascase has skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.

Crystal Ridge Ski Area (skiing)
7900 Crystal Ridge Dr. (near 76th Street and Loomis Road), Franklin (414) 529-7676

Devil's Head (skiing)
S6330 Bluff Rd., Merrimac
(608) 493-2251

Sunburst Ski Area (skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing)
8355 Prospect Dr., Kewaskum
(262) 626-8404

The Mountain Top Ski Hill (skiing, snowboarding)
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva
(262) 248-8811

Wilmot Mountain Skiing Center (skiing, snowboarding)
Hwy W, Wilmot
(262) 862-2301
24-hour snow hot line: (414) 344-2266

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sas_tarr | Jan. 13, 2010 at 9:36 a.m. (report)

You forgot about another Wisconsin tradition - hunting. Now is the best time to scout your hunting area and if you meet a bunny you can bring home some meet too.

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PlayerGotGame | Jan. 13, 2010 at 12:09 a.m. (report)

Tyrol Basin, just west of Madison, should also make the list. It isn't as far as Cascade or Devil's Head and it just about as nice.

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