If you don't own snowshoes or skis, you can rent by the day at REI or Laacke and Joys.
If you don't own snowshoes or skis, you can rent by the day at REI or Laacke and Joys.

Sporting winter wonder

With the holidays and New Year behind us, Saturday and Sunday afternoons have opened up to get out and take advantage of Wisconsin winter sports. Yes, it’s cold and yes, you need strong motivation but once you’re out there, you’ll be happy you went. I was yesterday, after a snowshoeing jaunt at Nashotah Park.

So, here’s a look at a few options for winter snow shoeing and cross country skiing in the area.

Brown Deer Park
7835 N. Green Bay Rd.
http://www.county.milwaukee.gov/CrosscountrySkiing12361.htm

These trails are fully groomed for cross-country skiing and open from dawn to 10 p.m. daily.

Kettle Moraine South
A variety of entry points from Dousman to Whitewater
http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/parks/specific/kms/

Like most parks in the area, snowshoeing is not permitted on groomed trails. In the southern part of the Kettle Moraine State forest, the John Muir trail is your best bet for snow shoeing or winter hiking with five loops that range from .4 to 10 miles. If you’re looking to ski, hit the Nordic, McMiller or Scuppernong trails.

Lapham Peak
w329N846 Hwy. C, Delafield
www.laphampeakfriends.org

Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Lapham Peak has 17 miles of best cross-country ski trails that vary in difficulty from easy to advance. The park’s hilly topography is full of groomed and lit trails available throughout the peak ski-season.

Nashotah Park
Hwy. 16 and Lakeland Drive

Just 30 or 40 minutes west of Milwaukee, this park has something for everyone. There are two large dog parks, a sledding hill, groomed cross-country ski trails and a trail specifically designated for snowshoeing and hiking. Admission to the park is $5 per car.

Whitnall Park
6751 S. 92nd St., (414) 425-1810
http://www.county.milwaukee.gov/CrosscountrySkiing12361.htm

Whitnall has slightly groomed trails open from dawn to 10 p.m. daily.

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