Minocqua Winter Park officials have announced that a Skijor and Ski Shop Demo Day will be held Sunday, Dec. 15.
Visitors to Winter Park can learn about and try skijoring, test out the latest in Nordic skiing equipment, and ski and snowshoe Winter Park’s 100-plus kilometer trail system, all for the price of a cross country day pass.
Skijoring is cross country skiing while harnessed to one or two dogs. Pups run in front of their owners and “pull” them down the trail. Representatives of the Wisconsin Trailblazers Sled Dog Club will be available from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to share their experiences, tales, equipment, and animals. All are welcome any time, and everyone is invited to attend a full presentation at noon or 2 p.m.
Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., skiers may also meet with representatives of major Nordic equipment manufacturers such as Atomic, Fischer, and Salomon. Guests can also learn tips and tricks of the pros for waxing and maintaining skis for optimal use.
Demo day ski trail passes may be purchased in advance through the Minocqua Winter Park website and at the Winter Park chalet. Skiers who buy their tickets by Friday, Dec. 13, will receive up to an $8 discount.
Winter Park will be open for skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Inside the chalet, Rick’s Hardwax Café and the Winter Park Ski Shop will be open all day. There is no charge for use of Chip Wulff Memorial Pond, and more than 30 pairs of ice skates are provided for free rental.
For more information, call 715-356-3309, or visit minocquawinterpark.org.
To get to Minocqua Winter Park from U.S. Highway 51, turn onto Wisconsin Highway 70 West and travel 6.8 miles. Then turn left onto Squirrel Lake Road and go 4.5 miles to Scotchman Lake Road and follow the signs into the park via Squirrel Hill Road.
9 a.m. – Chalet and trails open, presenters start setting up;
10 a.m. – Atomic, Salomon, and Fischer representatives will offer equipment demos;
• Try on new ski boots inside the chalet;
• Test new skis outside the chalet in the large, PistenBully-groomed practice area;
10:30 a.m – Rick’s Hardwax Café opens;
11 a.m. –Wisconsin Trailblazers Sled Dog Club will introduce you to skijoring;
• Learn about the sport by watching a video inside the chalet;
• Just outside the chalet, members of the club will share their equipment and experience;
• Come any time, 11a.m.-3 p.m.;
Noon, 2 p.m. – formal skijoring class, outside the chalet;
3 p.m. – Wisconsin Trailblazers begin to pack-up and depart;
4:30 p.m. – equipment presenters and Rick’s Hardwax Café start to pack-up; and
5 p.m. – chalet and trails close.