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Guide To: Winter In Lake Geneva

January 27, 2011 7:00 AM

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Skiing Grand Geneva
Planning a weekend getaway? Located 80 miles from Chicagoland, Lake Geneva, WI, provides a perfect escape for Chicagoans trying to avoid expensive plane fare or hours in the car. Though Lake Geneva, is known for it’s waterfront, beaches, festivals and resorts, that doesn’t mean it’s only a warm weather town. Many resorts and city parks feature winter activities, indoor waterparks and winter sporting.

When planning a weekend in Lake Geneva this winter, think of this as your go-to guide for hotels, activities and winter fun.

Skiing / Snowboarding / Snowshoeing

Big Foot Beach
1550 S. Lake Shore Drive
Lake Geneva , WI 53147
(262) 248-2528
www.wiparks.net

When the snow starts to fall, Wisconsin’s state parks, forests and trails begin opening for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and many other winter activities. Make sure to check current condition reports for updated winter conditions at the parks.

Grand Geneva
7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva , WI 53147
www.grandgeneva.com

At The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort, one of Wisconsin’s premier ski and snowboarding destinations, you can:

• Downhill Ski – 18 slopes
• Snowboard downhill or in the terrain park
• Cross-Country Ski – 10 kilometers of scenic winding cross-country trails
• Snow Shoe
• Enjoy skiing and snowboarding all winter long with our snowmaking capabilities
• Take Skiing and snowboarding lessons – professional ski instructors available for kids or adults
• Rent ski, snowboard and snow shoe equipment

Rates vary by date, activity and age. Check the website for the most updated rates. Hotel guests- look out for their ‘Stay and Ski Free Special’.

Sledding

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Sledding

City of Lake Geneva
Wrigley Drive
Lake Geneva , WI 53147
(262) 248-3673

Located at the corner of Sage & Mill Streets, the hill is lighted daily from 4:00PM-10PM for public use.

Big Foot Beach
1550 S. Lake Shore Drive
Lake Geneva , WI 53147
(262) 248-2528
www.wiparks.net

Sledding hill is located within the state park’s maintenance shop. Park entrance fee is required for sledding. Open to the public.

Ice Skating

Grand Geneva
7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva , WI 53147
www.grandgeneva.com

Grand Geneva offers ice skating and sledding during the winter season. Complimentary hot chocolate with each rental. (Rentals dependent on daily weather conditions).
Use of the ice skating rink is complimentary for resort guests. Rental Fees: $8 for the first hour (includes rental and rink fee), $3 each additional hour. Resort Guests: Complimentary access to rink with your own skates. Non Resort Guests: $5 rink fee will be charged.

Library Park
Lake Geneva , WI 53417
(262) 248-3673

Community park located on the shores of Lake Geneva near the public library. Rink is open to the public, park fees apply.

Ice Fishing

www.lakegenevafishing.com

Lake Geneva is a popular location for its variety of species.  Bluegill, perch, crappie, trout, bass, pike, and walleye in great sizes are abound in this 142 feet deep Lake.  Spend some quality time outdoors fishing with your friends and family. The Lake Geneva Fishing Guide Service can give you a guided tour complete with the best fishing holes.

Hotels/Resorts

Abbey Resort & Spa
269 Fontana Blvd., P.O. Box 50
Fontana , WI 53125
www.theabbeyresort.com

Whether you’re looking for a fun family vacation, romantic getaway, girlfriends spa retreat or winter fun, look no further than The Abbey Resort. This full service resort features winter activities including; bonfires with s’mores & cider, ice-skating and seasonal crafts for kids. Their massive renovation includes 334 guest rooms and 13 spacious suites.

Bella Vista Suites
335 Wrigley Drive
Lake Geneva , WI 53147
(800) 773-5119
www.bellavistasuites.com

Whether you want to get out on the ice, or curl up by a cozy fire with a good book, Bella Vista Suites offers the perfect winter getaway. Lake Geneva’s winter activities are right outside their door, including Winterfest in February. Fun fact: Bella Vista Suites is the host hotel for the U.S. Snow Sculpting Competitors.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark
7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva , WI 53147
www.grandgeneva.com

Tucked within historic Lake Geneva, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is one of only five AAA Four-Diamond resorts in Wisconsin. An enchanting landscape of rolling hills and pristine views awaits you. Accommodations include executive hotel suites, deluxe hotel suites, deluxe guest rooms, and junior rooms. In the winter, activities include; indoor pools, Moose Mountain Falls-indoor/outdoor waterpark, indoor tennis, sleigh rides, skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing, indoor fitness center and spa.

The Cove of Lake Geneva
111 Center Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(800) 770-7107
www.cove-lake-geneva.com

In the heart of Lake Geneva, famed for its scenic crystal clear lake and lavish mansions, The Cove of Lake Geneva resort offers all the ingredients for an exceptional stay. Steps from the shimmering lakefront, their beautiful all-suite accommodations are a decadent retreat, complete with fireplaces, whirlpools, flat screen televisions, full kitchens and spacious balconies/patios. In the winter, take advantage of their indoor pool, fitness center, restaurants and suites.

Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago

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