Experience Lake Geneva’s annual Winterfest featuring the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition and you’ll never look at snow the same way again! It’s impossible not to be wowed by the workmanship and artistry on display as snow sculpting teams from across the country transform the lakefront with 9-foot-tall sculptures made of snow.
Taking place Feb. 3-16, Winterfest offers a plethora of ways to enjoy some of your favorite cold weather activities. Join in the Cocoa Crawl or sip cocktails at the Baker House ice bar, go skiing, snowboarding or toboggan racing at Grand Geneva’s Winter Carnival, or take a helicopter ride for a different view of the snow sculptures.
Ready for more? Try four-wheeling fun at The Abbey Resort, wine tasting at Hill Country Market, a cooking class with the Lake Geneva School of Cooking, and world-class kite performances at Sky Circus on Ice.
With so much to see and do, here are five tips to help you maximize your time at Winterfest 2016.
1. Plan ahead. Decide on the best dates for you and your family and don’t risk disappointment by going without hotel or restaurant reservations.
2. Review packages. Once you’ve decided which resort, hotel or B&B to stay at, review their specials. Most offer at least one.
3. Try something new. Create new memories — go snowshoeing, take a helicopter ride or try winter ziplining. Snowshoes are available to rent from Clear Water Outdoors.
4. Consider the interests of each member of your group. Do the youngsters want some snowman-building time at Frosty’s Beach Bonfire or time for sledding? Are the teens looking for some snowboarding at the Mountain Top? Do the girls want to spend time boutique shopping downtown? Perhaps your whole group would enjoy the Human Dog Sled Race at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours or Sky Circus on Delavan Lake and Lake Lawn Resort?
5. Keep it balanced with a mix of indoor and outdoor time. Enjoy one of the many cozy fireplaces in the area’s luxury resorts and numerous boutique hotels and B&Bs. Consider other indoor options too, such as the Soup-er Magical Evening at Harbor Shores where children of all ages will enjoy soups from area restaurants, followed by a magic show and dancing.