Beat the winter blues with a trip to Bayfield County

Bayfield County and surrounding areas offer an abundance of winter activities for all ages

BAYFIELD, Wisconsin – If you don’t embrace it, winter in the upper Midwest can be a terrible time of year.

The people of Bayfield County have an extreme passion for the season and are eager to share it with others.

“It’s kind of like a Hallmark movie,” said Kati Anderson, director of marketing for Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau.

“We are very inclusive. Everyone is welcome,” said Doug Olson, executive director of the Ashwabay Outdoor Education Foundation.

“It’s great if you want to go snowshoeing by breaking the trail,” said Krishna Paterson, Bayfield manager of Howl.

When the winter blues kick in, it’s advisable to get in the car and take a trip to Bayfield.

“All the places you like to go hiking in the summer, you can come and do in the winter,” Anderson said.

With the right clothes, the cold won’t deter even the weakest winter warriors.

“For a fun, cozy experience, Bayfield is definitely the place to come,” said Anderson.

From shopping or indoor dining to shredding the slopes or sliding through the woods, the checklist of adventure runs for miles in Bayfield County.

“The crowds were fantastic. The parking lot fills up every Saturday. There are kids, adults, downhill skiing, cross country skiing — this is the place to be on weekends and also during the week,” said Olson.

At the Mt Ashwabay Ski and Recreation Area, the number of visitors checking in continues to rise.

“We’re finding people from Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis and Green Bay,” Olson said.

Whether it’s your first time on the slopes or you’re a seasoned professional, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

“Kids come and get dropped off by their parents, they ski with their friends all day,” Olson says.

Nearby Howl in Bayfield has seen sales rise more than 40 percent from last winter.

“Fortunately, we’ve been able to have inventory to get people in and try out options — skis, bikes, snowshoes,” Paterson said.

The store offers customers a demo trial to try out the different possibilities of winter recreation.

“Gear has gotten a lot better, so it makes it more fun when you’re outside,” Paterson said.

For a city known for its Apple Festival and strong fishing heritage, they also pride themselves on creating lasting memories, be it winter, spring, summer or fall.

“It’s a great place to be all year round. It’s a winter wonderland,” says Olson.

Bayfield will host Summit Ski Races on February 5e on Mount Ashwabay.

They also encourage everyone to attend the Bayfield Winter Fest from March 4-6.

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