If you’re wondering what people do in Wausau during the winter, we’d have to put Cross country skiing and snowshoeing at the top of the list. Both activities are popular, fun, and an great way to experience the natural beauty of this area in what some may consider challenging terrain. Wausau takes on a truly magical quality when blanketed by a fresh, powdery layer of snow. Beyond the groomed cross country skiing trails, there are also plenty of ungroomed trails fit for creating your own adventure, too.
Whether you’re just passing through Wausau for a day or so, or here for an extended vacation this winter, make sure the Stewart Inn Boutique Hotel is a part of the journey. We offer a traditional Bed and Breakfast experience, coupled with luxury amenities and the finest Wisconsin hospitality around. Find you’re own special slice of Wausau’s winter wonderland this year, and book a room at our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast today!
4 Great Cross Country Skiing Spots in Wausau
Wisconsinite’s love to hop on nordic skis and head out for a day of adventure, soaking up the beauty of the great outdoors on a chilly winter’s day. Cross country skiing, at times, can be utterly exhausting and difficult. But these challenges are more than worth it when you pause to look around you. You’ll be mesmerized by the stark winter scenery that abounds at this time of year.
Cross country skiing season is off to a slow start here in Wausau, as Mother Nature just isn’t cooperating. Once the snow really does start to fly, though, here are our 4 favorite places to go cross country skiing in Wausau.
- The best nordic ski facility in Wausau is the Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area. there are 18.3 miles of trails that are double-tracked with an 8′ wide skating lane. Trail difficulty ranges across the trails, but there is definitely something for everyone. The ski chalet offers a changing area, ski and snowshoe equipment rentals, daily and annual trail passes, restrooms, and a spacious warming area with a wood stove. There are even lighted trails for some incredible night skiing an experience we can’t recommend in Wausau enough.
- Beginners should test their skills at the Ringle Marsh, which features 3,000 acres of gently rolling terrain.
- Sylvan Hill Park is home to the longest tubing run in the state, but it also happens to be a great place for beginners to test out their cross-country skiing. There are 3 miles of groomed trails here, and there’s a chalet on premise that offers a fireplace, bathrooms, and a place to rest.
- The Big Eau Pleine Park Trail is better for those more experienced Nordic Skiers. There’s a scenic trail along the Eau Pleine Reservoir that features rolling and wooded terrain.
Get Cozy at our Luxury Boutique Hotel
At the end of an exhilarating day outside in the snow we know you’ll be looking forward to rest and relaxation. We’d be willing to be you’ll be ready to put your feet up and relax in creature comforts that remind you of home. It’s a good thing our Innkeepers will be waiting to welcome you back to your home away from home with a delicious afternoon wine reception! Each night at 5:00 we host a wine and cheese reception in the living room, that features premium wines (typically multiple wine choices) and some amazing cheese, many of which are from local cheese sources.
A great getaway demands the best lodging, which is exactly what you’ll find at our Boutique Inn. Your experience at the Stewart Inn starts with our impeccably prepared gourmet breakfasts and ends with our clean accommodations and thoughtful amenities. Relax and let us tend to your every need, so you can enjoy Wausau to its fullest extent. Book your next winter getaway at the Stewart Inn Boutique Hotel today.