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Time for winter sports in La Crosse region

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FILE - Children ice skating at Pettibone Lagoon

La Crosse could get its coldest weather of the season this weekend, but some like it cold, outdoors. 

The Outdoor Recreation Alliance is scheduling some of its winter activities for the next few weeks, especially to take advantage of the snow that has fallen recently. 

Director Jed Olson of O-R-A hopes to get people on snowshoes for the Wolf Moon Snowshoe Walk, happening in January.

“When you’re just clompin’ around in one inch of snow, it’s not really that cool,” says Olson. “But when you’ve got 4, 5, 6 inches of snow and you can actually float on top and you can get great grip with…the crampons on the bottom, it’s a truly magical thing to get out and do.”    

The ORA website says trails in the Lower Hixon Forest have been groomed for cross-country skiing and hiking.    

Olson says ORA also is working on corridors for outdoor activity to connect existing trails in the La Crosse-Onalaska area.

In La Crosse, it’s finally cold enough to skate outdoors.

The ice rink at the Copeland Park shelter is open, most days from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., with shorter hours on Thursdays, when the La Crosse broomball league has the rink reserved. 

No skating yet at Riverside or Poage Parks.  Flooding of all the rinks will resume on Tuesday.  

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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