Sunday, February 1, 2015

Snowshoes and Fat Tire Bikes

Bring a sled for the younger snowshoers just in case they tire out.  Schlitz Audubon has nice views!
It's going to be a great week for snowshoeing due to the new snow we received over the weekend.  Most of the great places to snowshoe are the same places I mentioned in the last blog about cross country skiing, though you can NOT snow shoe on groomed ski trails.  You can use your snowshoes in any of the county parks and nature centers, as well as the state forest land.  Lots of options!

If you need to borrow snow shoes, there are several places:

Havenwoods State Forest has free rentals for both children and adults.  Get them inside the nature center building during any day they are open.  

The Urban Ecology Center(s) has an equipment closet that is available to members.  As I continue to say- this is a great deal.  Buy an annual membership and use all the great gear they have.

Whitnall Park Concession has snowshoes for $15 per session.

Wehr Nature Center also has snowshoes.

There's a fun race/event for snowshoers that requires registration, called the Yeti Dash.  It's being sponsored by the School District of Cudahy and held in Warnimont Park on February 7 at 9 am.  Let them know if you need snowshoes and they can be provided.  You can "race" alone or in a team of 4.  This is the 2nd year for this event.  Should be entertaining.  You can do a 3K or 5K course.  On the same day, you'll find the South Shore Frosty Hog, sponsored by South Shore Cyclery.  This is also at Warnimont Park.  You can register for $20 which includes food and drink.  It's preferred that you preregister, but you can also do it on the day of the event.  Even if you don't plan to participate, you can go to watch.

Dress in layers and enjoy!
 You can bring your snowshoes to another FREE event on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Brown Deer Park.  They are hosting a Winterfest which includes all sorts of winter fun activities.  I've posted the flier here for more information.  This may be the only time you get to see the Door County Sled dogs outdoors, as we haven't really had much snow this winter.  Go for the activities but enjoy all the great Sprecher food and drinks too.  You'll notice they include fat bike demos.  This is a fun way to extend the cycling season.  If you haven't seen these bikes, you're in for a surprise.  They are quite different than the usual summer tires.  If you have a chance to try it, do so.

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