Northern Wisconsin – 17 Best Places to Visit Up North

As trends change and vacation plans become all the more extravagant, many have forgotten about the secret gem that is northern Wisconsin. Referred to as “Up North” by Wisconsinites, this area is blanketed in forests, bursting with lakes, and dotted with quaint towns. If you’re looking for a family and budget-friendly adventure, look no further than northern Wisconsin.

And the best part? Northern Wisconsin’s a year-round vacation destination. The summer is filled with boat rides, hiking, stargazing, and bonfires. Autumn boasts changing leaves, cool temperatures, and dead mosquitoes. Winter warms the soul with a cup of hot cocoa, pillows of snow, and abundant opportunities to strap on a pair of skis. Spring brings about sprouts of green, the return of animals and their young, and cuddling up on a rainy day with a good book.

We make our way Up North at least a few times every year and always manage to hit up our favorite places, which we’re going to share with you. If you’re feeling extra generous, please shoot this post a like and a share and, as always, enjoy! One last thing before you get too far, remember to…

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Tremblay’s Sweet Shop

Started in 1963, this “Olde Tyme Candies” shop has been a family-favorite for years. In fact, no trip to Hayward is complete without a stop at this Main Street store. At just $6/lb you’ll find yourself filling your wicker basket to the brim with individually wrapped Salt Water Taffy. Mixed amongst the old-fashioned candy (Slo Poke’s, Mary Jane’s, and Coconut Long Boys) you’ll find an array of more recent favorites too—Laffy Taffy, Blow Pops, and Gummy Worms. Did I mention there’s an entire wall devoted to all the different flavors of Jelly Bellies? Yeah, this place caters to kids and adults alike.

Is candy not really your thing? That’s fine, they have a huge display of homemade specialties. Fudge, truffles, brittle, almond bark, nut rolls, clusters, caramel, hand-dipped chocolate… this list goes on and on! My favorite is the chocolate-peanut butter fudge, but if you’re ever unsure about a flavor, pop a sample in your mouth beforehand!

One of the most notable things about Tremblay’s is that you get to watch them make all the homemade specialties, whether window-shopping or standing in the store yourself. Watching them pour out chocolate onto the table, slice it up, and throw it through the air like putty is seriously jaw-dropping. And if you’re not planning on making a stop in Hayward, there are also stores located in Eagle River, Wisconsin and Stillwater, Minnesota.

Website: Tremblay’s Sweet Shop

Scheers Lumberjack Shows/Lumberjack World Championships

By the late 1800’s, northern Wisconsin was one of the nation’s leading lumber producers, thanks heavily in part to the northern part of the state. Since then, much of the industry has vanished, but the memory of logging has been kept alive in the hearts of Wisconsinites. In its place, they created lumberjack sports. These include: log rolling, boom running, pole climbing, cross-cut sawing, axe throwing, springboard chop, and underhand chop, amongst others.

Log Rolling: two competitors stand on either end of a long and try to get the other to fall off… without pushing them or crossing onto the other side of the log! This is the most popular sport, and kids as young as four and five can begin competing.

Boom Running: a race from one dock to another and back, across nine logs, without falling in!

Pole Climbing: If you get nervous easily, cover your eyes for this event. Competitors speed climb up either a 60- or 90-foot pole and back down.

For a complete description of the events and times, head to the website below.

Scheers Lumberjack Shows are a mix of sport, history, and comedy. They’re good an audience of all ages, and even have a special “Yo-Ho!” event for the kids. Shows take place almost every day in the summer, but make sure to book in advance! Shows take place in both Hayward, WI and Minocqua, WI—so take your pick!

The Lumberjack World Championships are taking place from August 1-3, 2019 in Hayward, Wisconsin. Spectators and competitors alike flock from countries across the world to watch the best of the best compete for a “World Champion” title.

Website: Scheers Lumberjack Show

Website: Lumberjack World Championships

Namekagon River Tubing

Nearly 100 miles long, this river snakes through some of northern Wisconsin’s most pristine forestland. The relatively calm water and rocky bottom makes it ideal for a plethora of outdoor activities. The river begins at Namekagon Lake as a small trout stream, perfect for fishing. As it meanders around its dozens of islands, through lakes and wetlands, it picks up in size as it eventually merges with the St. Croix River, a tributary of the Mississippi River.

Canoeing and kayaking are popular pastimes, many of which are several day-long trips, with campsites dotting the shores (and probably some of the islands too—I mean, how cool!?) South of Hayward, the river has the potential to speed up into Class II rapids in a few areas, but generally the water is too shallow. Instead of rafting, many people choose to go tubing down the river. This is my personal favorite river activity, as it’s a good bled between relaxation, swimming, and fun!

I’m sure there are many tour agencies that offer this service, but I’m going to recommend two I know and trust.

The first is through the Hayward KOA, located in Hayward. You don’t have to be camping here to punch your ticket to an afternoon of fun. You can choose to canoe, kayak, or tube down the river. The KOA will then shuttle you to the drop-off point, and pick you up later at a designated spot down-river. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride! 😉

Website: Hayward KOA

The second is Jack’s Canoe Rental, located in Trego. Again, you can rent tubes, canoes, and kayaks. For tubing, shuttle service is free with the rental of a tube, and you can go as many times as you’d like during the day (between 9 AM and 3 PM and weather dependent, of course). If you bring along a cooler, they’ll even pitch in a free tube for it and rope to tie it to your own tube… making it a whole day adventure!

Canoe and Kayak rentals pay an additional shuttle fee, but patrons can choose from a variety of different rental options and trips (just a few hours to a few days), giving options to beginners and experts alike.

Website: Jacks Canoe Rental

Apostle Islands

Apostle Islands Wisconsin

This is, hands down, my favorite place in the entire state—if not the entire world (which is saying a lot!) Just off of Wisconsin’s northern shore in Lake Superior, 21 islands surround the state’s uppermost peninsula. These rugged, sandstone cliff islands jut out of the water with spectacular magnitude.

Several different options exist for island cruises, but most are out of Bayfield. Nine historic lighthouses are present on six different islands, which are a photographer’s dream. You’ll be amazed with the picturesque coastline of these islands and the light blue water that surrounds them (You thought bright blue water was only in the Bahamas??? Think again!)

Camping is available on 19 of the islands, but the most popular is Madeline Island. A ferry runs directly from Bayfield to La Pointe (the island’s only city). You can walk aboard, bring your bike, car, or entire camper. Campsites on this island fill up extremely fast, so make sure to book almost a year in advance if you want a site (I’m not joking). There are a few first-come-first-serve sites, but they’re always immediately filled, so don’t bank on it.

Madeline Island boasts a quarter-moon beach cay with white sand and calm, shallow water. Lounge around, sign up for the sand castle building contest, go snorkeling, cliff jumping, biking, hiking, or take a walk on shore’s rocks during sunset. Lake Superior’s water is notoriously cold, but once you’re numb you can’t feel it anyways. 😉

If you’re just there for a day-trip, check out the Madeline Island Museum, grab a bite to eat at The Beach Club, a drink at Tom’s Burned Down Cafe, and ice cream at Grampa Tony’s (just a few of our favorite places 😊).

The fun doesn’t stop when summer ends. When Lake Superior freezes, take the Madeline Island ice road (via a wind sled to be safe) to the only year-round occupied island. Take a winter hike, watch the aurora borealis, or explore one of the ice caves!

Website: Superior Trails – Madeline Island

Copper Falls State Park

Copper Falls Wisconsin

Another year-round attraction, Copper Falls State Park is a 3,068-acre park near Mellen. Famous for its deep gorges and thundering waterfalls, the golden-brown color of the park’s Bad River derives its name from the copper mineral found in the nearby rocks.

Well-groomed trails and amenities, plenty of campsite options, and its pet-friendly atmosphere earned its spot on our list. Some of the waterfalls need to be enjoyed from afar, but there are several smaller ones for the little ones to splash around near. It truly is one of our favorite spots in northern Wisconsin!

Plus, when you go in the winter, nothing is cooler than half-frozen waterfalls. You can either take my word for it or book your own trip to see it yourself, and I suggest the latter! Are you a huge waterfall fan? Check out our post: Best Waterfalls in Costa Rica!

Website: Copper Falls State Park

American Birkebeiner Ski Race

The Birkie (literally burr-key😉) is North America’s largest cross-country ski race. The race starts in Cable and ends 50-55 kilometers later on Hayward’s beautiful Main Street. Skiers from all around the world come to northern Wisconsin to compete in this monumental event, and crowds pack tightly together with hot cocoa in-hand at the finish line to ring their cowbells and cheer on the exhausted athletes.

Does skiing more than 50 kilometers not sound like your idea of fun? That’s fine! You can choose to ski the shorter Kortelopet (29 kilometers) or participate in the un-timed Birke Tour (for 15, 26, or 46 kilometers) on the nation’s best cross-country ski trail, just for fun!

Still not interested? What about the Prince Haakon 15k (ages 13+), the 3.7km race for adaptive skiers, the 1.2-5k Junior Birke for ages 6-18, or the infamous Barnebirkie, a non-competitive 500m-3k race for youth aged 3-13.

Or maybe you hate winter, who knows? The well-maintained trail is open year-round for hiking, running, or biking!

Website: American Birkebeiner

Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame

Fishing in Wisconsin

More commonly known as “The Giant Muskie”, the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame is just that—a giant Muskie. Located in Hayward (the spot of one of the world’s largest caught muskies), guests enter the giant fish at the tail, and make their way through the museum to the fish’s mouth, which provides views of the surrounding area. It’s a great way to spend a few hours learning more about wildlife and fishing in northern Wisconsin!

Website: Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame

CABIN TIME!!!

Lake Cabin Wisconsin

Locals live in them, visitors rent them. Cabins are woven into northern Wisconsin so tightly that the area, quite frankly, would look strange without them. Some are tucked away behind thickets of trees, some line the pristine lakes, others form a city block. A quick Google search will provide you hundreds and hundreds of options, which can be overwhelming.

So, we’re going to give you our favorite one, and a discount to use should you decide to book a few nights here (which you should 😉). It’s located 20 minutes outside of Hayward on 80 acres of land. There’s a small, 20-acre lake that only you have access to for the duration of your stay. I could keep rambling about how awesome this place is, but pictures do it a better justice than words.

When you book, send the promo code AGAPE2019 in your message to the host to receive 20% off. That’s right folks, that’s $50 off each night!

*Promo code is subject to availability. Discount is only available on bookings in May-June and September-November. The host reserves the right to deny any bookings.

Website: Airbnb Cabin Rental

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Honestly, you can find a place to go horseback riding almost anywhere in northern Wisconsin. It’s a relaxing way to meander through the beautiful forest and check horseback riding off your bucket list (we know it’s on there). Here are a few local favorites for you to choose from.

Spider Lake Ranch

Located in Spider Lake, just 14 miles east of Hayward. $32/person for a one-hour ride, $24 for a half-hour, $8 for a pony ride. Discounts available for groups of 8+, boys & girls club members, active duty military, and college students.

Hoofbeat Ridge

Located in between Stone Lake and Spooner. Several different rides are available: ½ hour ($25), 1 hour ($35), 1 ½ hours ($65), All-day (5hrs- $175), or pony rides ($10). Discount on all-day ride for groups 3+ or if customers pay in cash.

Ranch of Rescued Hope

“Connecting with God by Connecting with Horses” is the tagline for this ranch. Located in Phillips, this ranch offers riding lessons, family packages, and birthday packages, amongst more! Riding lessons are for kids or adults, $25 for a one-hour private lesson or $25 for a 1 ½ hour semi-private lesson. The Family package is a 1- 1 ½ hour lesson and can accommodate group sizes 3-4 ($20/rider) or 5-8 ($18/rider).

On Twin Lakes

Did someone say sleigh ride???

Located in Birchwood, On Twin Lakes focuses on taking time to slow down and reflect. “We have been blessed with an amazing piece of God’s green earth, and we want to share that with everyone we can.” The farm hosts weddings and events, provides camping, rides, and trails, and even farms produce and meat.

Sleigh/wagon rides are available year-round. Prices start at $75/person (for up to 4 people, $10 for each additional person).

Boating

Boating and Wake boarding in Wisconsin

Minnesota may be “The Land of 10,000 Lakes”, but Wisconsin has over 15,000, making boating a very popular summer activity. Go tubing, water skiing, wakeboarding, and knee boarding, try your hand at the jet ski, wave runner, paddleboard, or paddleboat. Or maybe you’d rather take a cruise in a pontoon up to a sandbar and spend the afternoon watching the waves roll slowly in.

Don’t have a boat? It’s likely that you can find several marinas within the vicinity of any body of water… so basically, everywhere. The two hottest tourist destinations in northern Wisconsin are Hayward and Minocqua, so we’ll recommend two great marinas, where you can rent any type of boat for the afternoon or for the entire week. And the best part? Add on a few tubes, skis, and other water toys for an additional price.

Round Lake Marina – Hayward

This marina strategically sits between at the meeting point between two of Hayward’s most popular lakes: Big Round Lake and Little Round Lake, but is a short drive away from the Chippewa Flowage (and about a dozen other lakes of your choosing 😉).

Wave Rentals – Minocqua

Located on Minocqua Lake, Wave Rentals offers a variety of different watercraft—from pontoons and fishing boats to kayaks and paddleboards.

Minocqua, Wisconsin

Speaking of Minocqua… this quaint little town has an official population of less than 500. However, when the summer months start creeping around, that number grows exponentially. It’s a Northwoods hub for vacation, adventure, fun, and relaxation.

The year-round opportunities are endless. From the bustling, picturesque Main Street, live entertainment, art, history, water activities, trail hiking, hunting, fishing, ATV rides, and snowmobile trips, this area is stuffed to the brim with things to do, see, and eat. All these activities make Minocqua one of our favorite spots in northern Wisconsin!

Website: Minocqua, WI

Mini Golf

Mini golf, a vacation classic. If you’re anything like us, you scout the area for the best courses and the loser buys ice cream. What can I say? We’re competitive people who love ice cream—and winning. (Jacob likes winning more, but let’s be honest, I’m mostly in it for the ice cream). Any vacation town in northern Wisconsin is going to have at least one course, so we’ve gone ahead and pulled the top ones off our list for you.

Big Bear Mini Golf – Tomahawk

This course definitely isn’t jaw dropping, but it’s family-friendly, has a well-maintained green, and an attached ice cream/shaved ice shop. What more could you ask for?

Settlers Mill – Minocqua

A 19th century settlers themed mini golf, this course merges history with the present. It’s topped off with a covered wagon (AKA prairie schooner), water wheel, and of course—frozen custard.

Eagle Falls Adventure Golf – Eagle Falls

This 1950’s fishing camp-themed course is complete with a fishing cabin, bait shop, and dock. But why let the fun stop there? Try out their new northern lights-themed laser tag!

Pirate’s Cove – Sister’s Bay

With locations all over the country, this Door County mini golf is, you guessed it, pirate themed! Pirates, ships, and waterfalls await you at this award-winning course.

Moose Mulligan’s – Siren

With newly-carpeted green, this is your average family-friendly course. The holes aren’t too complicated, making it perfect for the little ones.

Scheers Lumberjack Village Mini Golf – Hayward

Remember this unique Wisconsin sport? After the show, head across the street to the neighboring mini golf course. Sloped holes make for an interesting game as you (probably) compete for post-game ice cream! If you love mini golf be sure to check out our favorite courses in Florida here: Family Friendly Adventures in Tampa!

Apple Picking

Bayfield Wisconsin

I may be biased, but some of the best apples in the world are picked in Bayfield. With its unique location on the shores of Lake Superior, the micro-climate helped it earn its name as the Berry Capital of Wisconsin. That’s right, it’s not just apples. There are several pick-it-yourself orchards filled with cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, as well.

The first Friday in October kicks off the annual Applefest, a three-day celebration that’s consistently rated as one of the nations top fall harvest festivals. Head on up to northern Wisconsin to check it out yourself!

Website: Bayfield, WI

The Whitecap Mountains

Skiing in Wisconsin

Although it’s a four-season resort, we suggest checking out these Upson, Wisconsin slopes in the winter. With four separate peaks, this mountain is Wisconsin’s snowiest ski resort! There are 43 downhill runs ranging from beginner (green runs) to expert (double black diamonds). It’s no Vail, Colorado with gondolas and 5-star restaurants, but for midwestern ski bums—this northern Wisconsin resort is the place to be. (Plus, if your K-12 child gets all A’s, they get a free season pass… talk about motivation!!) Want to hear more about Colorado’s resorts? Check out our post: Skiing in Colorado!

Website: Whitecap Resort

Bear River Pow Wow

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians are a federally recognized Ojibwa Native American tribe located in northern Wisconsin. Each summer, Lac de Flambeau puts on an annual Bear River Pow Wow bringing together tribes from across the nation. Everyone is welcome to share in the celebration and this year’s Pow Wow is July 12-14, 2019.

Website: Bear River Pow Wow

Amnicon Falls State Park

Amnicon Falls Wisconsin

This 825-acre state park is located in South Range (just south of Superior). Similar to Copper Falls State Park, the Amnicon River runs through this park, filling it with waterfalls and rapids. Picturesque in all four seasons (especially fall!) this park is perfect for hiking, camping, or picnicking with your family and friends.

Website: Amnicon State Park

Door County

Door County Wisconsin

Arguably northern Wisconsin’s most famous county, Door County is located on the tip of Wisconsin’s “thumb”—the peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan. Just like the Apostle Islands, Door County is filled with 300 miles of rugged coastline, long stretches of sandy beaches, and inviting blue water. Picturesque towns fill the space in between with cherry pie, art galleries, wine tasting, and local restaurants.

Website: Door County

Northern Wisconsin is more than just a summertime weekend getaway. Vast trails, quaint towns, and incredible scenery are the norm year-round. If you’re looking for a place to explore and reconnect, look no further than Up North. It’s more than affordable and will surprise even the most seasoned travelers with its beauty.

Thanks for tagging along on our tour of northern Wisconsin. Is any place calling to you? Think we forgot to mention somewhere? Do you plan to visit northern Wisconsin? Let us know in the comments below! Please remember to like and share😊 Until next time, K+J!

Skiing in Colorado – What You NEED to Know Before You Go

Looking to go skiing in Colorado? We compiled a list of everything you need to know before you hit the slopes. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or it’s your first time on the snow, this is a great place to start before planning your next ski trip to Colorado!

With towering mountains, deep snow, and endless ski resorts, skiing in Colorado is an incredible adventure for thrill seekers of all levels. We’ve been making the trip out west every winter just for the chance to catch some fresh powder. While certainly not for the faint of heart, if you’re looking for the adventure of a lifetime, we’d encourage you to try skiing in Colorado! Enjoy!

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Ski Resorts in Colorado

Many resorts are cut and dry. You go, you ski, you fall, you get back up, repeat, and then you leave. Ski resorts in Colorado are nothing like that (minus the falling)! The villages that line the Rocky Mountains buzz with activity. Ski bums show for the snow conditions and epic terrain. Families come for a quick break from school and work. Locals flock to enjoy the shops and local restaurants. The resorts out west are much more vibrant than the bland ski villages of old. Even if you’re not skiing in Colorado, there’s plenty to do at the resort!

Most resorts host other outdoor activities (ice skating, tubing, snowmobiling, etc.) for anyone to try. Granted, you can expect to pay for the experience. Local towns are a great way to find more budget friendly adventures and eateries during your stay. Most resorts are ‘partnered’ with local towns and it isn’t uncommon to find discounted Ski and Stay packages. Wherever you end up choosing, be sure to check online for deals on lodging, dining, and lift tickets.

We break down how to go about choosing the correct resort later, but in the meantime we’ve attached a list of all 26 ski resorts in Colorado below. Off to the right side you’ll see a breakdown of each resort’s vertical drop, ski-able acres, and average annual snowfall. Reports on these stats vary but you can feel confident they’re close. Feel free to check out any resorts sites that intrigue you to learn more about them!

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What You Need to Know Before You Go Skiing in Colorado

Quickly, we’ll cover five things you absolutely need to know before going skiing in Colorado. Then, we’ll break down our favorite and least favorite parts about the slopes. Then the decision is up to you. You evaluate the information and decide if you want to give it a try!

Choosing the Resort

Assessing Your Ability

Just above we’ve attached our handy list of resorts. If you’re a beginner don’t worry so much about the ‘Big Mountain’ stats. Vertical and acreage won’t matter near as much this early in your skiing career! 😉 Instead do a quick search of any resorts that interest you and see what they offer for lessons, ticket prices, and beginner skiing. All of these matter much more at this point.

If you’re a more advanced skier, or even a competent one looking to push your limits, start comparing those stats we discussed. Check out the sites and look into who offers cat-skiing and hike-up terrain. Compare the different resorts amount of ‘Advanced’ and ‘Expert’ labeled terrain. You’d be surprised, most ski resorts in Colorado offer some form of advanced terrain.

Proximity, Cost, and Community

Overall, there are a few things to consider: proximity, cost, and community. Try choosing a resort that’s close to where you’re staying. A one hour drive won’t feel terrible on the morning of day one, but by day four you’ll be spent. Again, with a little foresight you can save a ton on your ski trip. Try searching for ‘Ski and Stay (insert resort name)’ and seeing what pops up. Also look on the resorts sites to see if the offer any discounted passes or group rates.

Have any friends that ski? Ask them where they go! Locals often know the best spots and may even be interested in showing you around their home mountain. If you don’t know anyone who does that’s fine too. Instead, look to see if the resort offers free guided tours, it’s a great way to make friends and learn how to get around the mountain!

Getting to the Resort

Many local ski towns offer shuttle services to the resort. After you get ready in the morning you can slip over to the closest stop and pop out at the resort minutes later. A quick search online will help you identify if you’re resort offers a shuttle. Alternatively, many hotels also offer the same service so you can book accordingly. If you made the drive out to Colorado you can always take your car and park at the resort. Some charge for parking and some don’t so that’s a hit or miss. Always remember to take your boots out at night… just trust us!

Renting Equipment

There are plenty of rental options in every ski town. If you’d rather leave your equipment at the resort overnight, you can try renting from the resort themselves and seeing if storage is included. Be sure no matter who you rent from, you allow them to help size your gear. It’ll be tempting to say the boots are too tight, or skis are too short, but these are well trained individuals. They know what they’re doing and want you to be safe.

Gear you should always rent if you don’t own equipment includes: helmet and goggles, boots, and skis. If you’re a competent skier you should also grab a set of poles. As a beginner, poles are more of a hindrance so leave them at home. Some companies offer a ‘Full Kit Rental’ that also includes nice gloves, snow pants, a ski jacket, etc. This can be a great way to save some money if you don’t own any other gear!

What to Wear

We won’t break down the science of layering here but if you’d like to read about it check out our Definitive Winter Hiking Guide. It breaks down the ins and outs of dressing for cold weather properly. Briefly, we recommend well insulated socks, a base and mid-layer shirt, comfy and warm pants, and your outerwear. Outerwear should include your gloves, face-mask, jacket, snow pants, helmet and goggles, and boots. If it’s extra chilly add layers accordingly. Most of the time you’ll be surprised how warm skiing makes you. Always remember sunscreen on your exposed skin, while it may be chilly the sun isn’t taking any breaks.

Staying Safe on the Slopes

Most of these rules are common sense but they’re important to iterate nonetheless. Choose slopes and trails that are in line with your ability. The general scale follows a green (easiest), blue, black (hardest) color scheme, stay within your ability. Never ski alone, there are many unmarked and hidden obstacles and you always need a buddy. Stay within the boundary. Again, this is common sense but so many neglect these rules and endanger themselves and others by doing so.

Obey signage. If it says ‘Caution’ it means it so slow down. Look uphill before merging, this is a lot like checking your blind spots while driving. Call out before passing on narrow or slick conditions. Everyone appreciates a heads up, especially when things are dicey. Lastly, never stop in the middle of the trail or where you can’t be spotted from above. Just having a general awareness to your surroundings will be more than enough to keep you safe when you’re skiing.

The Best Parts About Skiing in Colorado

The Location

Most of the resorts are only a few hours from Denver or another regional airport. The Denver Airport is also a Southwest hub, so you can usually find inexpensive flights anytime of the year. After arriving there are tons of local ride share and resort shuttle options. Some even offer resort to resort service so you can hop between your favorites.

The Scenery

Colorado has some of the tallest peaks in the Lower-48. When you go skiing in Colorado you are literally riding down those giants, or sliding down depending on your ability level! 😉 Regardless of how you get down, the views from the mountains are unparalleled. Cascading peaks scrape the blue skies as far as the eye can see. After you’ve seen them once you’re hooked.

The Snow

Most resorts get between 300-400 inches a year. That’s around 30 feet of fluffy, white powder! All this snow makes the ride down a thing of beauty (and the falling down more tolerable). It also means that learning on Colorado’s slopes are much more forgiving. Picture landing in a big pile of cold cotton candy. During the winter months you’re almost guaranteed a ‘powder day’ if you stay for more than 3 days. All this snow makes for near perfect conditions day after day, enjoy!

The Weather

Yeah you heard right! Don’t be surprised to see temperatures in the 30’s even in the coldest months. The mountains help to trap moisture in valleys smoothing out the sharp temperature contrasts people imagine. Most days in the mountains are actually warmer than what we get here in the Midwest. To combat the early morning chill, try wearing layers you can easily shed as the day goes on.

The Worst Parts About Skiing in Colorado

The Altitude

Mountains galore everywhere! The downside to the elevation is a major lack of oxygen and the possibility of altitude sickness. There is about a third less oxygen at 12,000 feet compared to that at sea level. Skiing is fairly strenuous so your body is working much harder to carry and use oxygen. This extra work can lead to some nasty headaches and nausea if you fail to account for it. Good news, the remedy is simple: drink water! Lots of it!

The Crowds

Colorado ski resorts report around 7.1 million visits annually, unfortunately, this sometimes means long lines and large crowds. To help avoid this, shoot to ski Mondays-Thursdays as most locals are working or are in school. You might be wondering why not Friday? Most kids in the area have Fridays off for ski practice. Man does that sound awesome or what? Alternatively, studying the route map just a little before your arrival will help a ton. Knowing your way around the mountain (and the crowds) will make your trip so much more enjoyable.

The Cost

Colorado has some of the best skiing in the world, and they certainly charge for it. Most resorts you visit charge upwards of $125 per person per day. As you can imagine, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly adventure skiing is not the answer. You also need to consider the cost of renting gear when you go, most of the time that’ll be around $40 per person per day. Try booking passes online beforehand, they often have deals and promotions running to cut the prices. You can also look into a season pass. At some resorts if you ski 4 or more days your season pass is already paid off!

Having to Leave

I won’t lie to you… this is definitely sounds like a cop-out, but I promise you it isn’t. With perfect snow, amazing food, and hundreds of shops to explore, it’s a miracle anyone ever leaves. If you’re looking for a fun family adventure then look no further, skiing in Colorado is a blast and the resort has something for everyone!

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Skiing in Colorado is way better than we ever imagined! Incredible snow, beautiful views, and cute alpine villages made us wish we could stay forever. If you're looking for a family-friendly adventure we encourage you to try skiing in Colorado. Our post details everything you need to know: the best ski resorts in Colorado, how to stay safe skiing, and even what to wear when you go skiing. Check it out! www.theagapecompany.com #skiing #skitrip #Colorado #skiingincolorado #skiresorts #coloradoskiing

So please let us know in the comments below… Have you ever been or would you ever go to skiing in Colorado? Which resort would you like to visit? Still have questions or comments, let us know in the comments! Where’s your next vacation taking you? Please remember to like and share😊 God Bless, K+J!

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Verse of the Week: Ephesians 3:20-21

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

How incredible is it to have a creator so powerful we can’t comprehend all that he is capable of? The line, “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…” tells us this is true. He called the stones to rise and build the mountains, settled raging seas, and calmed prevailing winds. Yet somehow we feel as if we have to suffer this world on our own. We don’t! The Lord answers prayers everyday. There is nothing you can ask him that he can’t accomplish. This week, try praying intently. Don’t put things past God, instead ask him directly for his guidance and help.

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