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Where to go skiing & tubing in West Bend

Published: November 11, 2021 | Article Views: 870

Outdoor fun isn’t hard to find in West Bend, whether you want to strap on a pair of skis or zoom down a hill on an innertube. Here’s a look at some of your best options for what to do outside in West Bend this winter.

Cross-country skiing: Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit

This scenic state forest north of West Bend covers 30,000 acres and offers abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation year-round, including more than 30 miles of groomed and ungroomed cross-country ski trails. Groomed skiing options include the New Fane Loop System in the southern section of the forest, the Zillmer Loop System in the central section and the Greenbush Recreation Area trails to the north. Learn more here.

Other cross-country skiing options: Lac Lawrann Conservancy, Fox Hill Nature Preserve

Downhill skiing: Little Switzerland

This popular ski park—one of the oldest in the Midwest—is 10 miles southwest of West Bend and boasts nearly 20 downhill runs, as well as three terrain parks for snowboarders. Little Switzerland makes its own snow, so there’s always plenty of the white stuff to play around in during your visit. Lessons and rentals are available on-site, and The Chalet Restaurant is the perfect place to stop for a bite or a drink after a day on the hills.

Other downhill skiing options: Sunburst Winter Sports Park

Tubing: Sunburst Winter Sports Park

Head to Kewaskum (just 5 miles north of West Bend) and you’ll find the largest tubing facility in the world. It’s true—with 45 downhill runs and a 90-foot drop in elevation, tubers can reach up to 30 miles an hour as they zoom down the hills at this family-friendly spot for winter recreation. Sunburst is also open to skiers and snowboarders, with 11 downhill runs and two terrain parks.


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