The long days and warm weather of summer are nothing more than a memory, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make some new ones this winter in Whitewater.

Here are 5 activities you can try this winter in Whitewater:

Fat_bike

Fat bike

1. Fatbike! Basically it’s a bike with chubby tires that will help you cycle through the snow. Try it out at the John Muir Trailhead Pavillion for race day on February 13th!

-Short & Long Course available for all abilities. Each race has the opportunity to ride solo or in a team with up to 3 riders per team
-$35 Race fee
-Registration starts at 10am
-Race start is at noon
-Must have a 3.8″ minimum tire width.
Races. Raffles. Food. Fun. Bonfire. Music.

If you can’t make it out for race day, lucky for you, the Kettle Moraine State Forest trails are open all year round!

skaterink

Whitewater Skating Rink

2. Skate! The Ice Rink at Big Brick Park is located at 611 West Center Street. The warming shelter at the Big Brick Park ice rink officially opened for the season on Monday, January 4th. The warming shelter will be open according to the following schedule (provided ice is in good condition):

Open Skate:
*no hockey sticks are allowed on the rink during open skate
Monday – Friday 3:30-5:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:00-3:00 pm

Open Hockey:
Monday – Friday 5:30-9:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 3:00-8:00 pm

Ski and Snow Shoe Rental:
La Grange General Store & Backyard Bikes
Quiet Hut Sports

Ice Skate and Snow Shoe Rentals:
BicycleWise and Sports Fitness

3. Snowmobile! Keep an eye on these tip lines to know when you can hit the trails.
Walworth County Snowmobiling
TRAILS ARE : CLOSED
Snow Phone # (262) 742-2664

Jefferson County Snowmobiling
TRAILS ARE: CLOSED
Snow Phone #1-920-699-7669

Whitewater Aquatic Center

Whitewater Aquatic Center

4. Swim! The Whitewater Aquatic & Fitness Center has on-going fitness and swimming challenges throughout the year. Their most current challenge, New Year, New You!, runs now through

February 28th (membership not required).

5. Don’t forget about Freeze Fest! Put on your snow pants and bundle up for another great Freeze Fest Event on Saturday, Feb 13th at Cravath Lakefront Park, 341 S Fremont St. Come enjoy all the activities and support our local Special Olympics.

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Polar Plunge for Freeze Fest

10:30AM-11:30AM: Kids Activities Join us in the Cravath Lakefront Building for hands on learning projects and informational tables.
11:00AM- 1:00PM: Snow Dogs Event Come meet and learn about snow dogs, perhaps even take a sled ride. ** This event will happen at the Irvin L Young Memorial Library, 431 W. Center Street
11:00AM-3:00PM: Horse Drawn Wagon Rides Enjoy Downtown Whitewater by Horse! This is a great way to check out all the store deals happening just for Freeze Fest. Stops will be made at Cravath Lakefront Park and Downtown.
11:00AM- 2:30PM: Chili Cook Off Do you have the best chili recipe? Do you love to eat chili? We can provide both! Create your winning recipe and become a part of the chili cook off for cash prizes or come to the event hungry and vote for your favorite chili and decorated booth. **This event will take place in the warming tent located in the Cravath Lakefront Parking Lot. To register for the chili cook off, please call Deb Weberpal at 262-473-0535 .
NOON- 3:00PM: Polar Plunge Join hundreds of brave Wisconsin Winter Warriors as they plunge into the icy water of our18,000 galloon pool at Cravath Park as a part of Freeze Fest! Every plunger and non plunger (Too Chicken to Plunge) takes the leap to raise funds to benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes. Whether you plunge solo or with your coworkers, friends or families – for the ultimate bonding experience there is something for everyone. Get started today in putting a team together or create a challenge for yourself.
All the tools and information you need to plunge can be found at http://polarplungewi.org Did you know that all pledges raised in Whitewater remain in the region to support the nearly 1,500 athletes residing in Southeastern Wisconsin. Money raised will fund training and competition for athletes, as well as provide support for programs like the Athlete Leadership Program and Athlete Wellness. Children and adults with cognitive disabilities who participate in Special Olympics events continually develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and an overall more positive self-image.
For more information, please visit the Whitewater Parks and Recreation Website at wwparks.org or contact Michelle Dujardin at 262-473-0121, mdujardin@whitewater-wi.gov

Whitewater has plenty to do this winter! All it takes is a little bundling up and an itch for fun.