How often do skiers and snowshoers find great conditions in southern Minnesota and Wisconsin? Hardly ever. But this year, the blizzards have veered south, making such non-hot spots as Winona and Baraboo great places to ski and snowshoe.
Where to go: Why not somewhere beautiful, like Devil's Lake State Park near Baraboo, Wis.? There's skiing on groomed trails and snowshoeing on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, which cuts through the park. There's more than a foot of snow on the ground there and at nearby Mirror Lake State Park, just south of Wisconsin Dells.
In southern Minnesota, try the beautifully groomed trails at St. Mary's University, tucked into the bluffs on the north edge of Winona, or the trails at Frontenac and Great River Bluffs State Park.
What to do: "A Prairie Home Companion'' is coming to Winona Feb. 23, with special guests Beausoleil and the Marcia Ball Band, www.alumni.winona.edu. Also on Feb. 23, the Al. Ringling Theatre in Baraboo presents "The Bachelor,'' part of the "Guys on Ice'' comic trilogy, www.alringling.com.
Snow conditions: www.travelwisconsin.com; www.mnparks.info; www.skinnyski.com.