Embrace the enchanting winter wonderland of the La Crosse Region, where frost-kissed landscapes and charming communities come together to create a magical seasonal escape. This picturesque area transforms into a haven for winter enthusiasts seeking adventure and tranquility alike. Join us on a journey through the heartwarming experiences awaiting you in this hidden gem of the Midwest.
1. Outdoor Play!
Time to hit the slopes! Whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned pro, 1 of 18 Mt. La Crosse‘s slopes is sure to be your speed. If you prefer cross-country skiing, explore the scenic trails at Justin Trails Resort and Goose Island. Fort McCoy’s Whitetail Ridge Ski Area has fantastic winter fun December through March! Ski and snowboard on their variety of slopes or slide down the tubing hill! They even offer tactics paintball and laser tag!
2. Celebrate the Fine Arts!
There’s no better time to warm up inside and appreciate the arts. Pump House Regional Arts Center is home to a variety of visual and performing arts. Looking to discover fine art pieces? Stop into Gallery 1802 and check out their featured artists. And when it comes to experiencing the heartfelt joy of theater, the La Crosse Community Theater is the place to be. Treat yourself to a memorable evening of live performances that are sure to warm your heart.
3. Grab a bite to eat!
Had enough of the cold? Delicious bites and brews are the best remedy. Get toasty and enjoy live music, weekly specials and Bloody Mary’s at the Alpine Inn. Looking for something unqiue to do? Try your hand at axe-throwing at the Driftless Axe or checkout their arcade bar! Sports Hub in La Crescent is the ultimate spot to grab a bite on game days! Holmen’s Features has breakfast, lunch, and dinner covered.
4. Hike the snow-dusted trails!
Embrace the winter one step at a time. Head out on foot and explore regional snowshoeing trails. Sink your feet into Goose Island’s groomed snowshoeing trails, or trek through the paths of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge. Justin Trails Resort and Norskedalen also offers snowshoe rental and variety of trails and breathtaking vistas.
5. Skating Fun!
6. Shop Winter Favorites!
Tis’ the season to bundle up! Duluth Trading Co. has all of your winter wardrobe needs. Stocking up on ice fishing gear? Island Outdoors has everything you need to reel in your best catch. Find everything you need to make your home feel extra cozy this season at Treehouse Gift and home. Or, check out Practically Posh for locally made artisan jewelry, gifts and repurposed furniture.