No ski lessons. No beginners allowed. All ungroomed terrain. Averaging 273 inches per year, Mount Bohemia is a snow-covered haven for seasoned skiers, eschewing bunny slopes for 500-plus acres with two chair lifts filled with 90 runs?most of which are rated for experts. The mountain's 900-foot vertical drop, noted for being the tallest in the midwest, has won it many fans, including MSN Travel, which named it on its list of 10 Undiscovered Ski Spots in 2006. They were also rated number one for best powder skiing east of the rockies by Powder Magazine.
For the past 29 years, John and Loie Laimon have proudly contributed to the tight-knit fishing community that surrounds them by running their own fishing-and-bait business. Whether they are selling U.S.-made, handcrafted baits or other handpicked products, renting pontoons for small groups, or winterizing boat motors by fastening Santa hats to them, the Laimons approach each service personably and attentively. This approach has helped them grow to two locations on Pewaukee Lake.
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.
Stationed on the shores of Lake Mendota, SkipperBud?s staff pairs clients with their choice of vessel before launching them into the lake?s placid waters. Up to 12 passengers can lounge on the Sylvan pontoon?s wraparound couches as the vessel cruises past the university campus and circles Governor?s Island. The more compact Sea Ray, meanwhile, kicks up waves as it races to the dock.
Blue Ribbon Outdoors' expert anglers brave the elements to lead groups on fun, unforgettable ice fishing trips on the Madison Chain of Lakes. You and a group of up to five friends tote included poles and equipment to a shack that, like a speed dating table, is arranged depending on what kind of species you’re trying to catch. One-day trips include transportation to and from the shack, and general instruction on ice fishing techniques. Guides also lead groups of up to eight on full-day ice angling adventures within the toasty confines of a portable heated shack. Lines attached to baited hooks or wads of chewing gum lower into holes in the ice to snag popular species such as panfish, walleye, and pike. Guided trips include all equipment and bait, as well as fish cleaning at the end of the day.
The sudden roar of gunfire rolls over Richmond Hunting Club's facilities, which sprawl across 850 untamed acres. The club's location nearly adjacent to Chain O' Lakes State Park draws sportspeople of all levels who can spend time shooting skeet, boarding a loyal hunting dog at the onsite kennel, paintballing, or stocking up on ammo at the pro shop. Outdoorsy folks who frequent the club often tie up their mountain goat outside and congregate inside the Bar & Grill, refueling weary trigger fingers with buffalo burgers and pheasant pot pies in a classic hunting-lodge setting.