Drilling Down

western Wisconsin firm finds success with specialty ice fishing products

Barbara Arnold

In early December, you might have seen many an ice angler out on Half Moon Lake, including a few bright red pop-up tents with the brand name Eskimo. With a name like that, you might think Alaska or Canada ...

Buck Up for the Birkie

skiers from near and far gear up for North America’s largest cross-country race

Nealy Corcoran, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Bob Burch is a world-class skier who has skied the largest cross-country ski race in North America, the American Birkebeiner, every year for 36 years. This February he will make the drive from Eau Claire ...

Chasing Colors: Aurora borealis inspires photographic hunt

Lauren Fisher, photos by Tim Abraham

Perhaps losing the feeling in your fingertips for the sake of snowshoeing or skiing isn’t a fair trade, but would you risk frostbite for a perfect picture of the quintessential mid-winter sighting ...

Night Time Is the Right Time

chilly fun comes to Pinehurst Park on Thursdays this January and February

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Now that winter is officially upon us, it might be tempting to lock your doors and burrito-roll inside your favorite blanket. But here in Wisconsin, cold weather doesn’t have to negate outdoor fun ...

Weather Fit for Fat

local fatbiking scene welcomes newbies, old helmets

Sean Brandenburg, photos by Jereme Rauckman

With December temps in the mid-to-high 30s, it would seem that snow will come and go this winter. One thing that is here to stay, though, is fat biking. Even if you haven’t tried it yet, you’ve likely seen ...

Rebuilding Pinehurst

local nonprofit, volunteers turning vision into reality

Brendon Paucek, photos by Kelsey Smith

The former ski hill at Pinehurst Park has steadily evolved into a fresh and exciting new recreation area. Led by local nonprofit OutdoorMore Inc., Pinehurst Park is on its way to becoming not only ...

A New Place to Skate

growing Chippewa youth hockey program has new rink

Tom Giffey

The cliché about Wisconsin weather – wait a few minutes, and it will change – often rings true, even in winter. Sure, it’s usually cold, but warm spells, snow, sleet, and other types of precipitation keep ...

Frigid Fun After Dark: Winter After Hours starts in Boyd Park in January

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Timothy Mather

Winter can be an isolating time, and sometimes even we hearty Wisconsinites need a nudge to break our routines and actually get outside and enjoy the season’s snowy splendor instead of complaining about it. We need motivation to pull on our stocking caps and dig our ice skates out of the closet or even strap on some snowshoes ...

BACK ON THE ICE: Winter Fest and Games returns for more icy excitement

Brendon Paucek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Put on your snowshoes and rev up your snowmobiles: The third annual Winter Fest and Games presented by CCF Bank is coming up! From Jan. 27-29 Lake Altoona will be the coolest spot around with a flurry of events and festivities for winter enthusiasts ...

Up, Up, and Away!

international cup competition adds new layer to Silver Mine Ski Jump tourney

Tom Giffey, photos by Zach Oliphant

Getting outdoors this winter and watching high quality athletic competitions doesn’t have to be an either/or proposition in the Chippewa Valley: Eau Claire has hosted the Silver Mine Invitational, which welcomes top ski jumpers from around the world, for 130 straight winters. Introducing your family to the thrilling sport of ski jumping ...

Seasonal Ice

rip-roarin’ winter festival puts ATVs, cars, on frozen Lake Wissota in the spirit of chilly fun

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Second Annual Winter Fest and Games on January 29 through 31 on Lake Wissota will be a chilly and unforgettable event – complete with a snowmobile parade organized to break the current record in the Guinness Book of World Records, auto and ATV racing on the ice, snowmobile drag racing, fat bike racing ...

What to Do at the New Pinehurst Park

Tom Giffey

If you want to ski, sled, snowboard, skate, or snowshoe in the Chippewa Valley, look no further than Pinehurst Park on Eau Claire’s north side. Over the past year a dedicated group of volunteers has put in countless hours transforming ...

Catchin’ the Red Eye

Thom Fountain

IT’S A PRETTY UNIQUE THRILL to be skiing down a mountain, poles up bouncing off the fresh powder as you guide yourself through the pristine winter scene. For the last 40 years, the Red Eye Ski Club has pursued that exact feeling, taking trips ...

Broomball Fever

a different take on hockey, without the skates

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

I know your dilemma. You love watching hockey and may like to try it, but you aren’t very comfortable skating around on a razor thin blade of metal ...

The EC Curling Club: Sweep-Sweeping Away Since 1876

Briana Bryant

If you’re looking for something unique to do in the winter that is inside yet also on ice, check out curling. Curling is a very social winter sport that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities. The Eau Claire Curling Club is nothing new ...

A Powder Keg Giving Off Sparks

David Smuhl, photos by Nick Meyer

With January comes the doldrums of winter. The temperature plummets, the days are short, and even the idea of getting out of bed seems like the most arduous task imaginable. But ...

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