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Outdoor fun possible this winter

WAUSAU (WAOW) - With more snow coming, it's time to ask, "Where's the positive this winter?"

Central Wisconsin has a lot to offer if you know where to look. 

"If you can't find something to do in the winter and you want winter sports, we have it all," said Richard Barrett, the executive director of the Wausau Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

It's his job to pitch the benefits of north central Wisconsin.

"Granite Peak for skiing and snowboarding, Sylvan Hill for tubing, Sunnyvale Lake, Eau Claire Dells, and Willow Springs. You can't forget that," Barrett said.

He and other tourism leaders say winter activities have been popular this season.

"These temperatures that we have, whether it's above or below zero, help us. People are getting out there and doing things," said Sarah Pischer, the regional tourism specialist for northeast Wisconsin.

One such activity is snowboarding at Granite Peak.

"I've been trying to get out and snowboard 3 to 4 times a week," said Niki Soderberg of Wausau.

"Last year wasn't that cold. This year we got the cold weather and the snow. We get to be out here all the time," said Travis Valenti. Valenti and his friends made the trip to Granite Peak from Germantown.

Hunting in the winter also has its advantages. According to Valenti, the snow, squirrels and deer make for a beautiful scene in the forest.  

Of course, it's possible for it to be too cold. But for the dedicated, where there's a will, there's a way.
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