One of 12 indoor 400-meter ovals in the world and the only sea-level oval in the United States accessible to athletes, the nonprofit Pettit National Ice Center has become an essential destination for speed skaters training for the 2014 Olympic Games. Practicing skaters join the ranks of Apolo Anton Ohno, Chad Hedrick, and Shani Davis, all of whom have competed or trained at Pettit, participated in the last five Winter Olympics, and beaten an avalanche into submission. With its 155,000-square-foot arena and 97,000 square feet of ice, the Olympic training site has hosted the 2005 U.S. National Short Track Championship and eight international speed-skating competitions.
In addition to Olympic-caliber sportspersons, Pettit accommodates nearly 400,000 annual visitors for public-skating sessions and lessons in skating, figure skating, and speed skating. Skating clubs, hockey leagues, curling, and wheelchair- and special-needs-skating classes commence on two 100'x200' rinks. Meanwhile, spectators and Olympic torches on their day off can sidestep the ice by contemplating infinity while resting in a lounge overlooking the arena, or jogging around the 443-meter track circling the ice oval.
Skatetown proves a smooth floor and a pair of skates are the only things necessary for fun. The skate center hosts roller-skating sessions and games, such as Red Light, Green Light and Limbo. Sessions are limited to kids aged 2?12 so that parents don?t need to worry about older kids going too fast, and special training tools help young children learn to skate.
We are the oldest continually running curling club in United States. Season runs from mid Oct. thru March. There are 4 sheets of ice, a large viewing area, and bar room for food and beverage service. The club has over 200 members ranging in age from 5 to 85. Members curl as much or as little as they like.
The word TraXside artfully sprayed on one wall of the rink is the first clue that this is not a retro-style skate rink. At TraXside Skating, a family-oriented business, the colored lights reflect on the slick skating surface as skaters glide on bright-colored wheels around the rink. The ceiling arches overhead. Between laps around the rink, skaters refuel at the onsite snack shop or peruse the racks at the pro shop.
Owned and operated by the Cantwell family since 1982, Twin Lakes Country Club boasts an 18-hole golf course with five par 5s, six par 3s and seven par 4s. Their golf program includes private lessons as well as the Twin Lakes Junior Golf Academy, a seven-week program led by a PGA professional and three assistants. After long days on the course, golfers can relax in the Club House—formerly known as Red Barn Restaurant—for a prime-rib dinner or their all-you-can-eat fish fry.
Logger's Park Sports Complex feels a lot like a kids' camp?except that people of all ages are welcome. During the summer, outdoor diamonds and courts host softball, volleyball, and kickball leagues for men's, women's, and coed-teams. Three streams and two waterfalls of the mini-golf course provide a tranquil, babbling soundtrack and a convenient spot for a celebratory hole-in-one cannonball.
That's only the summer, though?but Wisconsin winter doesn't stop the fun. An ice rink opens once temperatures drop, letting visitors strap sharp shiny things on their feet and glide peacefully in circles. In all weather, Logger's Pub & Pizza solves hunger dilemmas with a menu that includes burgers, wings, and pizzas, while the all-you-can-eat pizza and wings buffet available during football season fires fans up to watch Aaron Rodgers throw stuff.