8 Tips On Snow Sculpting

frosty advice from local snow sculpting team The Starvin’ Carvists

Thu. Dec. 22nd, 2011  |  illustrated by Beth Czech

Start with a well-packed mold, formed by 4 big plywood walls that come apart to reveal the packed snow ...

So you wanna try snow sculpting?

get your chance this year at Winter After Hours

Thu. Dec. 22nd, 2011  |  Nick Meyer

When Volume One and the Eau Claire Parks and Recreation Department teamed up to create Winter After Hours two years ago, the mission was to help change the winter scene in Eau Claire.

He's Got Birkie Fever

local author’s book on the American Birkebeiner

Wed. Dec. 21st, 2011

Unless you live under a rock, you know what a marathon is. You’ve most likely heard of a triathlon. But it was not until I had the honored privilege of interviewing local author Walter Rhein about his new book Beyond Birkie Fever that I had any ...

Ski Dooing It

a fascination with family snowmobiles

Wed. Dec. 21st, 2011  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

I’ve always loved my dad’s old snowmobiles. He’s always had one or two for as long as I can remember, and they were a fixture of my youth. My family always had a cabin in the northwestern part of the state, so we always had wintertime access to ...

INFOGRAPHIC: Deer Vehicle Collisions

a statistical look at why you should watch the ditches

Wed. Nov. 23rd, 2011  |  Trevor Kupfer, design by Kelsey Gomez

A statistical look at why you should watch the ditches ...

Skating Through Your Holidays

Hobbs Ice Center hosts three festive events this winter including skating with Santa

Wed. Nov. 23rd, 2011  |  Trevor Kupfer

Have you ever noticed that every musical, movie, or TV show with a kidsy angle is made that much more awesome by adding the phrase “on ice?” Think about it. Disney On Ice: genius. Sesame Street On Ice: brilliant.

A Runner's High

a chat with Eau Clairian Ryan Burr, who ran 11 marathons this year alone

Wed. Nov. 23rd, 2011  |  Luc Anthony

“Things change dramatically. Some call this the wall. Some call it bonking. Whatever you call it, you have to find a way to overcome it.”– Ryan Burr, on the opposite of the “runner’s high”

Battling the Cyclocross

hardcore cyclists to invade town for multi-terrain race

Wed. Nov. 23rd, 2011  |  Heidi Kraemer

Want a crazy way to spice up the holidays and put those Thanksgiving calories to use? Overdrive Cycling Club presents the Princeton Valley Cyclocross Race at the Eau Claire golf course as a benefit for Feed My People.

On the Hunt

killing some basic hunter stereotypes

Thu. Nov. 10th, 2011  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Ian Kloster

Since this activity resides at the top of a short list of honest-to-god manly activities with which I have experience, I hold it dear to my heart. Without it, my résumé of machismo would only include “building retaining walls” & “backing up a trailer

Snowshoes: Lace 'Em Up

Beaver Creek's upcoming snowshoe workshops and hikes

Wed. Oct. 26th, 2011

Before Scandinavians immigrated to America in the early 1800s and introduced winter skis as a form of transportation, people used snowshoes, made by hand. These days, snowshoes have been pushed aside for not only skiing...

Goin’ Surfin’ ... in Wisconsin

yes, we have a freshwater surfing scene – thanks to the Great Lakes

Wed. Oct. 26th, 2011  |  Heidi Kraemer

When you think of surfing, what comes to mind? Perhaps white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, tropical flowers, huge ocean swells, and Point Break? How about potlucks, Cheeseheads, and the chilly, freshwater shores of our very own Lake Michigan?

Going Public

Wisconsin has hundreds of thousands of acres of public land you can hunt and/or fish on

Wed. Oct. 26th, 2011

That’s right. We have approximately one crap-ton of land (both public and private) you can legally hunt on, and the DNR has the resources listing all of it. That’s 308 wildlife areas, 52 state parks, 653 natural areas and a total of 1,482 properties.

“Where the deer at?”

lots of you probably head up north to hunt, but is that the best spot?

Wed. Oct. 26th, 2011  |  Trevor Kupfer

Maybe it’s just me, but the vast majority of my family, friends, and acquaintances who hunt tend to do so “up north.” I don’t know if it’s because they know someone with land “up there,” or if it’s become a tradition...

Some Hiking Gear Recommendations

Fri. Oct. 14th, 2011  |  Jeffy Durant

As an adventurous hiker you will eventually need quite a lot of gear – camping equipment, hiking equipment, backpacking equipment and more. However you don’t need everything at once, you don’t always need to pay top dollar and you don’t want to ...

It's Autumn: Keep the Kids Moving

ten ideas for keeping the kids active as the weather gets chilly

Mon. Sep. 19th, 2011  |  Alyssa Schulte

Autumn is upon us, and if you’re like me, you’re eager to get outside and enjoy the brisk weather and changing colors of the season. Fall also means back-to-school, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of outdoor fun. Here’s some awesome tips ...

Take a Hike: Great Local Hiking Spots

see the leaves, feel the sun, suck some of the crisp autumn air

Mon. Aug. 29th, 2011  |  V1 Staff

See the leaves, feel the sun, suck some of the crisp Autumn air on some of the area's best hiking trails ...

Fall Colors 101

how those leaf things change colors

Mon. Aug. 29th, 2011

Most of us vaguely remember hearing the word “photosynthesis” at some point in school. But for those who pulled a Ferris Bueller and played hooky that day, let’s take a quick refresher course ...

Get Your Freak On

Warrior Dash-style ‘Freak 5k’ returns to Chippewa Falls

Mon. Aug. 15th, 2011  |  Emily Anderson

Prepare to get your “freak on” at this debut Warrior Dash-style event. Beginning near Irvine Park at noon, the Freak 5k was created by Fit Elite of Eau Claire, a workout facility on Mall Drive.