Winter Break in the Northwoods


As the holiday season approaches, we are getting excited for the week between Christmas and New Years when kids don’t have school, emails rarely get answered, and we have an excuse to get outside to play in the snow. We suggest that you use your last vacation days of 2017 to venture to the Northwoods for Winter Break (Friday, December 22nd - Monday, January 1st). Here's a list of our favorite winter activities as well as a calendar of events so you can plan ahead and love every second of your time in the Northwoods. We hope that you have the best week - maybe we will see you out there!  

Adventure Suggestions

For the Cross Country Skiers

Significant amounts of snow are piling up in the Northwoods this week, which means we have officially reached winter wonderland status! What could be better than gliding through snowy forests on two skis? Most cross country ski trail systems in the North have been busy grooming and are opening within the week. Here's a list of our favorites so you can ski a different trail every day over break:

North Lakeland Trails in Manitowish Waters
Razorback Ridges in Sayner
Raven Trail in Woodruff
WinMan Trails in Winchester
Schlect Lake Trails in Minocqua
Minocqua Winter Park in Minocqua
Wolverine Ski Trails in Ironwood, MI
ABR Trails in Ironwood, M


For the Downhill Skiers/Snowboarders

What the Northwoods lacks in elevation, we make up for in soul (and shorter chairlift lines). Take a short drive to Big Snow Country in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for great snow, fun trails, and excellent apres ski food + entertainment. Check out these favorite spots to hit the slopes:

Blackjack Mountain: Bessemer, MI*
Indianhead Mountain: Wakefield, MI*
Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort: Bessemer, MI

Big Snow Bonus: Blackjack & Indianhead have merged into Big Snow Resort - ski two different mountains on one pass!


For the Snowshoers

Strap on your snowshoes for a relaxing walk through snow-covered tall pines, around frozen lakes, and across boardwalks over the bog. Follow a trail or forge your own right outside of your front door. We highly recommend venturing to some of our favorite groomed and ungroomed snowshoe trails:

Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area: Presque Isle
Fallison Lake Nature Trail: Boulder Junction
Lumberjack Trails: Boulder Junction
North Lakeland Discovery Center Trails
Raven Trail: Woodruff
WinMan Trails: Winchester


For the Bikers

Biking on snow? Yes please! Fat tire bikes give you the opportunity to fly through wooded trails even when they are snow-covered. The Northwoods has embraced this growing sport by grooming summer mountain biking trails for winter riding and hosting events for you to try a fat tire bike out for the first time.

For fat tire biking events, trail reports, + insider tips: 
WinMan Trails in Winchester
Northwoods Zip Line n Minocqua.
Chequamegon Adventure Company in Minocqua


For the slower pace

If winter sports are not your thing, there is still plenty to do in the Northwoods for Winter Break. Take the week to relax, recharge, and enjoy time with friends + family with these fun activities:

Take a sleigh ride in Eagle River (for private rides - call ahead!)
Read a book around the fire as the snow falls at Dixie’s Coffee House in Manitowish Waters
Wander the shops in downtown Manitowish Waters, Boulder Junction, or Minocqua
Pamper yourself at The Spa at Manitowish Waters
Paint your own Pottery at Earth Goods in Minocqua


For the family 

Go snow tubing at Minocqua Winter Park or Mt. Zion in Ironwood
Fly through the pines at Northwoods Zip Line (yep, a new Northwoods winter activity!)
Go ice skating at North Lakeland School! Rink is open daily, Dec. 26th - 31st, 10am to 6pm
Make a snowman in Koller Park in downtown Manitowish Waters


Need Gear?

We have great outfitters in the Northwoods to make sure that you can do all of the winter activities on your list without having to purchase the gear. Here is a list of shops to find everything you need:

BJ’s Sportshop: fat tire bikes, cross country skis, snowshoes, winter clothing
Chequamegon Adventure Company: fat tire bikes, snowshoes, cross country skis
Coontail Sports: winter clothing and rentals: fat tire bikes, snowshoes, + cross country skis,
Hobby Wheel: snowshoes, cross country skis, downhill skis, snowboards
Big Snow Outfitters: winter clothing and rentals: downhill skis and snowboards


Area Happenings

Get out of the house and join in on the Winter Break fun across the Northwoods with these great events. We pulled together events from the surrounding area so that you can find everything in one place:


Friday, December 22nd

Hugh Masterson: Lost + Found Tour, 7:30pm - 10pm, Minocqua Brewing Company, $8


Saturday, December 23rd

Solstice Party, all day, Minocqua Winter Park
Holiday Packers Party, 6pm - 11pm, Minocqua Brewing Company, Free


Sunday, December 24th

Boat Patrol: Funked Up X-mas, 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Minocqua Brewing Company


Monday, December 25th

Christmas: time for family, friends, and food!
Post morning mimosas + opening presents, explore with Northerly Collective's Adventure Guide


Tuesday, December 26th

Snowshoe/Ski Scavenger Hunt, all day Dec. 26 - Dec. 30, Minocqua Winter Park


Wednesday, December 27th

Interpretive Snowshoe, 1pm - 3pm, North Lakeland Discovery Center, $7 ($5 members)
Fatbikes by Candlelight, 6pm-9pm, Northwoods Zip Line


Thursday, December 28th

Play Day: sleigh rides, crafts, and snow activities, 11am - 2pm, North Lakeland Discovery Center
Chili Cook-off Lunch, 11am-1pm, North Lakeland Discovery Center, $5 to eat, enter your famous chili recipe here
Our event! - Northerly Collective's Hygge Yoga + Hot Chocolate Bar, 5pm to 8pm, pre-register
Black & White Party, 5pm, White Oak Grill, $95 per person


Friday, December 29th

Candlelit Snowshoe, 5pm - 7:30pm, North Lakeland Discovery Center, $6
Cold Iron Festivus, 7pm - 10pm, Cold Iron Brewery
"The Dance" Paint & Social, 6pm, Fern & Folk Spa, $40


Saturday, December 30th

Fat Tire Bike Demo, 10am - 3pm, WinMan Trails
Chill Out Fundraiser Jump in Lake Minocqua!, 1pm, Thirsty Whale
Candlelight Snowshoe + Ski, Miners Park in Ironwood, MI


Sunday, December 31st

Candlelight Ski, Minocqua Winter Park
New Years Eve Party + Midnight Keg Drop, 9pm - 1am, Cold Iron Brewery
New Years Eve Party , 9pm - 1am, Minocqua Brewing Company
New Years Eve (Dance!) Party, 10am - 2am, Little Bohemia Lodge


Monday, January 1st

Brunch at Minocqua Brewing Company, 10am - 3pm


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