For the City Times
On Sunday, Jan. 10, join Active Portage County and the Portage County Parks Department for a free downhill ski event at Standing Rocks County Park.
The event, open and free to the public, will run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and encourages people of all ages to enjoy a free day of downhill skiing. Beginners and experienced skiers welcome.
There will be no charge for tow tickets and for those without equipment, there will be a limited amount of free equipment rentals available for use, on a first come, first served basis. A warming house, complete with fireplace, will be available. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. A Daily pass for the cross-country ski trails are $8 (adults), $5 (students, 13-21 years old) and $4 (children 9-12 years old).
This day of free winter exercise is being sponsored by the Portage County Parks Department and Active Portage County.
“We are excited to host new and returning skiers to Standing Rocks Park, to feature the new snowmaking equipment this year. We are happy to showcase the park as a wonderful year-round recreational facility available in eastern Portage County,” said Gary Speckman, county parks director.
Winter recreation, including both cross-country and downhill skiing, is available during the winter months when conditions exist. Cross-country skiing is available on three trails within the park. The Green Trail is an easy 1.8-mile groomed trail that is mostly flat and great for beginners. The Red Trail is 4.9-mile groomed trail, with many hills, geared for an intermediate skier. The Blue Trail is an expert 7.9-mile groomed trail with many steep hills. Call (715) 346-1433 for snow conditions.
Standing Rocks County Park is a 524-acre park that features mountain biking trails, three disc golf courses, a field archery course in the summer and early fall, as well as a year-round dog-exercise area. The park is located just seven miles east of Plover.
From Plover, head east on County Highway B, then turn right on Custer Road, then left on Standing Rocks Road for two miles. For more information about Standing Rocks County Park, please visit www.co.portage.wi.us/parks/standingRocksPark.shtm.
Active Portage County is a non-profit organization which seeks to create a healthier Portage County by encouraging citizens to get active and lead healthier lives through programs and planned activities that motivate citizens to get regular exercise, while educating the public on the risks of sedentary lifestyles. For more information, visit www.activeportagecounty.com.