Winter Fun in 2021

Winter is officially upon us in Walworth County! The low temperatures and sparkling snow have arrived and are here to stay. Get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of winter while Ice Skating, Sledding, Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Snowmobiling:

Ice Skating

Lace up your skates and hit the ice for a day of Ice Skating. These skating rinks are perfect for beginners and seasoned skaters alike.

Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort

Reservations: Advance reservations required due to limited capacity. Purchase your ticket online on the day you plan to skate at The Mountain Top. Tickets will not be available for sale prior to the day of due to weather dependency

Cost: $5 ticket for a 1.5-hour time slot / $10 ticket with skate rental for 1.5 hour time slot

Hours: Weekend: 9-10:30am, 11am-12:30pm, 1-2:30pm, 3-4:30pm, 5-6:30pm and 8-8:30pm
Weekday: Noon-1:30pm, 2-3:30pm, 4-5:30pm, 6-7:30pm

Harbor Patio Ice Rink at The Abbey Resort

Reservations: Not required. Weather dependent.

Cost: Complimentary for Resort Guests / $2 Rental Fee for Non-Guests

Hours: 10am-7pm

Lions Park Ice Rink in Williams Bay

The ice rink will be located at the Lions Park tennis courts.

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free. Supply your own skates

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-Sundown, Friday-Sunday 10am-8pm.

Veterans Park on the Elkhorn Square

Skate on the square in Downtown Elkhorn.

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free. Supply your own skates.

Hours: 10am-8pm

Geneva National Ice Rink

The fully lighted outdoor rink at Geneva National brings back-to-basic joy to this classic winter pastime. Hot chocolate and other seasonal concessions available. 

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Rental Fees:
Overnight Hotel Guests: Complimentary
Public $25
GN Community Residents $20
GN Members $15
*Rentals to public not available Friday and Saturday

Hours: Monday-Thursday 4-9pm, Friday 3-10:30pm, Saturday 11am-10:30pm, Sunday 11am-8pm

Sledding

Sledding is practically an official Winter Sport here in Walworth County. Grab your sleds and we’ll race yah to the bottom!

Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort

Reservations: Limited capacity will be available on the sledding hill. Purchase your ticket online in advance. 

Cost: $5 ticket for a 1.5-hour time slot / $10 rental fee for 1.5 hours

Hours: Weekend: 9-10:30am, 11am-12:30pm, 1-2:30pm, 3-4:30pm, 5-6:30pm and 8-8:30pm
Weekday: Noon-1:30pm, 2-3:30pm, 4-5:30pm, 6-7:30pm

City of Lake Geneva Sledding Hill – Sage St & Mill St, Lake Geneva

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free

Hours: Posted 4-10pm daily.

Rudy Lange Sledding Hill –  Washington St & Terrace St, Delavan

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free

Hours: Posted 8am-10pm daily.

Beverly Jo Park – 367 Dunford Dr., Burlington

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free

Hours: 8am-7pm daily.

Geneva National Sledding Hill

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Overnight Hotel Guests Complimentary, Public $15, GN Community Residents $10, GN Members Complimentary
*Rentals not available to public Friday and Saturday

Hours: Monday-Thursday 4-9pm, Friday 3-10:30pm, Saturday 11am-10:30pm, Sunday 11am-8pm

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Calling all skiers and snowboarders! Hit the slopes this season at your favorite ski hills and resorts.

The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort

The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa boasts 20 downhill ski runs and terrain designed for all ages, groups and abilities. Learn more by visiting GrandGeneva.com

Reservations: Lift tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Hours: Monday-Thursday (non-holiday): 12-9pm
Friday-Sunday (non-holiday): 9am-10pm
Holidays: 9am-10pm

Cost: Friday-Sunday (non-holiday): $55 Adult / $39 Child
Monday-Thursday (non-holiday): $40 Adult / $23 Child
Holidays: $60 Adult / $42 Child

Rental Equipment Available for Fee. Lessons open for booking.


Alpine Valley Resort

Alpine Valley Resort offers some of the most diverse skiing and snowboarding terrain in the Midwest. Featuring over 90 acres of skiable terrain and a vertical drop of 388 feet spread out over 20 runs, the terrain is filled with mature trees and a rolling landscape providing diverse skiing opportunities for all ages and abilities.

Reservations: Guests must purchase lift tickets upon arrival at front gate.

Cost: Full Day Weekends and Holidays: $79 All Areas / $60 Beginner Areas
Full Day Weekdays: $65 All Areas / $50

Rates may fluctuate. Check pricing online prior to visit.

Hours: Weekends and Holidays: 9am-10pm
Weekdays: 10am-10pm

Rental Equipment available for fee. Lessons open for booking.

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

For those who like to take in the beauty of winter at a more relaxed pace, Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing might be for you.

The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort

Take on more than 5 miles of beautiful trails while Cross Country Skiing or Snowshoeing. Trail Passes are required.

Reservations: Trail Pass Required. Purchase pass day of.

Cost: Trail Pass $10 / Equipment Rental $15

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 12-9pm
Friday-Sunday: 9am-10pm

Cross Country Skiing Trails at Big Foot Beach State Park

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Vehicle Admission Sticker Required. Must provide own equipment. Weather dependent.

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free

Hours: Sun up – Sundown

Cross Country Skiing Trails at Duck Pond Recreation Area

Must provide own equipment. Weather dependent.

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free

Hours: Sun up – Sundown

Cross Country Skiing Trails at White River State Trail

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free

Hours: Sun up – Sundown

Snowshoeing at Geneva National

Snowshoe by daylight or candlelight on the iconic Player and Palmer courses with views of Lake Como!

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Overnight Hotel Guests Complimentary, Public $35, GN Community Residents $30, GN Members $25
*Rentals not available to public Friday and Saturday

Hours: Monday-Thursday 4-9pm, Friday 3-10:30pm, Saturday 11am-10:30pm, Sunday 11am-8pm

Snowmobiling

For information regarding Walworth County Snowmobile Trails, visit WalworthCountySnow.com.

Whether you’re skating, snowshoeing, or skiing, explore more of Walworth County’s great outdoors this winter. For more winter activities and events visit our Event Calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com.

10 Ways to Have Snow Much Fun in the Lake Geneva Area

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Who says winter means you have to stay indoors?

Winter is officially upon us in Walworth County! The snow and chilly temperatures may have been slow coming, but they are here now, and we have the dish on TEN ways to live it up this winter in the Lake Geneva area.

ice skating

1. Ice Skating
With 11 skating rinks right here in Walworth County, you’re sure to find a rink close enough to home. The hard part will be choosing which one to go to first! If you have your own skates, one of the many local park rinks will be a great option. Park rinks in the area include: Devor Park and Echo Veteran’s Memorial Park in Burlington, Wildwood Park in Darien, Veteran’s Memorial Park in Delavan, Library Park in Lake Geneva, Rotary Park in Walworth, and the Skating Rink at Pier 290 in Williams Bay.

If you are in need of skate rentals, we recommend skating at one of the local resorts. Local resorts with skating rinks and rentals include Lake Lawn Resort, The Abbey Resort, The Ridge Hotel, and Grand Geneva Resort.

sledding

2. Sledding
The Lake Geneva area hosts 12 local sledding hills that are perfect for that downhill slide after a good snow. Many of the sledding hills are located at local parks and trails. To view a full list of each hill in Walworth County, check out the Places to Play: Sledding section of our website.

Snowshoe

3. Snowshoeing
With so much stunning scenery in Walworth County, snowshoeing is a favorite winter activity in the area! If you have your own snowshoes, there are a variety of parks and trails that have scenic paths for snowshoeing. Should you need a rental, there are plenty of options throughout the county to rent a pair before you hit the trails. Rental facilities include Backyard Bike & Ski Shop, Clear Water Outdoor, Fontana Paddle Company, Grand Geneva Resort, and Lake Lawn Resort (please note that resort rentals are for on-property use only).

If you like to be social when you snowshoe, then you might want to sign up for one of Clear Water Outdoor’s Snowshoe Socials, hosted every second and fourth Saturday of the month at Big Foot Beach State Park.

snowmobile

4. Snowmobiling
The White River Bike Trail in Elkhorn is a 12.6 mile railway corridor that was transformed into a bike trail. In the winter months, it is a favorite local snowmobiling trail. The Elkhorn trail head is located off of Highway H, and runs from Elkhorn to Burlington. Trail passes are available at the County Highway Department, the Walworth County Visitors Bureau’s Visitors Center (in Delavan), and the Elkhorn Chamber office.

Need a trail update before you go? Call the “Snow Phone” at the Walworth County Snowmobile Alliance for trail conditions and more. (262) 742-2664

For information on more trails throughout Walworth County stop by the Visitors Bureau to pick up a Trail Map, or visit our website or call (262) 728-6000 to have one mailed to you.

zipline

5. Ziplining
Lake Geneva Canopy Tours has an Eco Adventure for everyone!  Explore their expansive 100 acres at whatever pace you want to set. If you really want to get the blood pumping, traverse 8 different zip lines, 5 sky bridges, 3 spiral stairways and climb a one-of-a-kind “floating” double helix stairway while on their world class Canopy Tour. Bring the family, grab a group of friends, or go solo. It is a different kind of winter fun that will leave you wanting to come back for more.

downhill skiing

6. Downhill Skiing
Get your adrenaline pumping with some fast slopes in Walworth County. Alpine Valley Resort has over 90 skiable acres with 20 Runs, a vertical drop of 388 feet, and the longest run being 3,000 feet! The steepest run is Big Thunder and the longest slope is Alpine. PLUS, they are the only resort in Southeastern Wisconsin that features on-site ski-in/ski-out rooms with a full service Bistro for dining and free weekend family movie nights.

The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort is also one of Wisconsin’s premier ski destinations. Whether you’re a first-timer or an avid enthusiast, you will find a great skiing experience! Their 18 exciting runs go up to a quarter mile in length, and are suitable for skiers of every ability level. Rentals are available if you need them, AND they have fantastic weekday ski specials that include $20 Tuesdays, 1/2 price rental Wednesdays, and 2 for 1 Thursdays.

cross country

7. Cross Country Skiing
Experience the back country of the Lake Geneva area. There are many trails and parks throughout the county ready for cross country skiers.

Local trails and parks that are groomed for cross country skiing include the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest in Eagle, the Duck Pond Recreation Area in Fontana, Big Foot Beach State Park in Lake Geneva, and White River County Park, also in Lake Geneva.

A few local resorts also have scenic acres to accommodate cross country skiers. Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Geneva National in Lake Geneva, and Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva each have beautiful properties to cross country ski on, and offer rentals for on-property use.

Need to rent equipment before skiing some of the local trails and parks? Clear Water Outdoor and Backyard Bikes can both hook you up with everything you need before you hit the trails.

sky circus

8. Sky Circus
February 12 – 14 Delavan will come alive with FREE winter fun during the 3rd Annual Sky Circus on Ice. Hosted at Lake Lawn Resort, the weekend spectacle will feature exciting airborne performances by professional kite teams from across North America, plus snow sculpting and ice carving by top regional artists. Additionally, there will be kite making workshops and bunches of other super fun activities for all ages.

Winterfest

9. Winterfest – U.S. Snow Sculpting Competition
The ONLY National Snow Sculpting Competition in the country will be in Lake Geneva February 3rd – February 7th. This event has been hosted in Lake Geneva for over 20 years, showcasing the best snow sculpting teams from across the country from Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Alaska to the surrounding states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

As if the phenomenal snow sculpting wasn’t enough, this event also has a huge array of crazy fun activities over the week that include an ice bar, human dog sled races, cocoa crawls, chili cook-offs and more!

snow angel

10. Snow Angels, Snowmen & Snow Forts
Last but not least, one of the most entertaining ways to have Snow Much Fun is to be a kid again and just play in the snow! Bundle up, grab the kids and head to the backyard, or a favorite park and just play in the snow. Build a snow fort, lay in the snow and flap your arms and legs to make a snow angel, or start rolling snow balls to create the best snowman ever. No kids? Who cares! Just get out there and play!

Did you do it?! If you did, take some pics of your snow angels, snowmen or snow forts and share them with the Walworth County Visitors Bureau! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Sledding in the Lake Geneva Area

Whether it’s a little slope in your backyard or a gigantic water tower hill, it’s safe to say that almost all Wisconsinites experienced sledding at one point in your life.  Here in Walworth County, we have many great places for sledding!  Feel like a kid again at these local hills open to the public:

Rudy Lange Sledding Hill
Washington St & Terrance St, Delavan
Open 8:00am-10:00pm.
Free to the public; bring your own sled!

City of Lake Geneva Sledding Hill
Sage St & Mill St, Lake Geneva
Located near the old railroad bridge, near the parking lot at the intersection of Sage & Mill Streets.
Lighted 4:00pm-10:00pm daily.
Free to the public; bring your own sled!

Sledding Hill @ Grand Geneva Resort
7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva
Open 9:00am-dusk, Monday-Thursday for general public.  Open daily for resort guests.
FREE for resort guests. Non-resort guests pay $8/first hour and $3/additional hour; fee includes sled rental.

sledding

Do you have a sledding hill to add to this list?  Let us know!  Comment below with the hill name & location.
For a full list of winter activities, year-round fun, and our Events Calendar, visit our website.

If you are coming to the Lake Geneva area this winter, make sure you get your Snow Much Fun Coupon book – request yours HERE!