Christmas Greetings with Winter Events at Kickapoo Valley Reserve

Christmas is the time of year we reflect on the who,what and where.  Everyone has a Christmas story from years gone by like Ralphie in A Christmas Story.  Some of the things Ralphie reflected on when telling is story brought laughter to every face. Famous lines like “My little brother had not eaten voluntarily in over three years”. “I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!”  Don’t  forget, “Oh my god, I shot my eye out!” 
So what’s your Christmas story? Is it family, the gift giving, volunteering at a charity event, awaiting Santa or sharing the true meaning of Christmas.  Whatever it is, celebrate the wonder of it all, the every joy of it, the fun of it all. Wishing all a wonderful Christmas worth telling!  Marie & Mike,                                                    A Christmas Story of 16 years of innkeeping at the Westby House Inn.

Check out these winter events at the  Kickapoo Valley Reserve during the winter.  

Cross-Country Skiing
The
Kickapoo Valley Reserve maintains approximately ten miles of groomed
cross-country ski trails, for both classic and skate skiing. The five
miles of the Old Highway 131 Trail provide an excellent opportunity to
experience the solitude and beauty of the Reserve.  Other groomed trails
include the Dam Trail, Old Harris Road Trail and Star Valley Road.
Additional trails may be groomed as time permits. The more adventurous
are welcomed to make their own tracks into the wild.  NOTE:  Skiers may not ski on the snowmobile trail.  Call the Reserve Visitor Center for a winter trail map and directions to ski trails, (608) 625-2960. Ski Trails are also available at Wildcat Mountain State Park.
Snowmobiling
A segment of Wisconsin’s
self-funded snowmobile trail system winds its way through the Reserve.
A local snowmobile club grooms and maintains the trail from December 15
through March 31, snow cover permitting.  Enjoy the Reserve’s scenic
ridges and valleys by snowmobile, the only motorized vehicle allowed to
operate on Reserve lands.  Snowmobile enthusiasts are required to stay
on the designated snowmobile trail. Map of Winter Trails in KVR (pdf)
Snowshoeing
Snowshoe
enthusiasts are welcome to explore the hidden wonders of the
Reserve. There are not designated nor groomed snowshoe trails. NOTE: Please avoid
walking on the snowmobile trail or on the cross-country ski
tracks.  Enjoy the unbeatable scenery – visit the ice caves, and get the
work-out of a lifetime!
For
all winter sports enthusiasts, a reminder that the Reserve does not
provide any water or toilet facilities except at the Visitor
Center. Trails are not maintained during the winter months, with the
exception of the snowmobile trail and cross country ski trails. The Reserve Visitor Center
is open Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for
information and assistance. Visitors are asked to pay attention to
changing weather conditions while enjoying the Reserve’s wintry
landscape.
All
winter sports enthusiasts are required to purchase a trail use permit
before venturing out. Snowmobile trail users are only required to
purchase a $4/day vehicle parking permit or display of annual pass, if
parking in the Reserve’s signed ‘parking permit required’ areas.
Snowmobiles simply passing through the Reserve are exempt from fees.