The xtreme sports capital of the usa

Downtown Wausau, WI cityscape along the Wisconsin River at sunset.

The City of Wausau is a premier, year-round destination for Midwesterners wanting to enjoy their free time in the great outdoors. Well-deserved, Wausau has earned a reputation as a mecca for thrill-seeking, adrenaline-pumping outdoor sports junkies. The city is on par with the likes of Bend, Durango, and Santa Fe for its downhill skiing and snowboarding, urban whitewater kayaking, off-road biking, hiking, and mountain biking.

Home to the Midwest’s highest downhill ski hill, Rib Mountain State Park is the place to visit. Its roots trace back to the famous 10th Mountain Alpine Division that trained on Granite Peak ski hill and served in the Italian Alps during WWII. Currently, the ski hill services 75 runs and a terrain park system referred to as the “Best in the Midwest” and has beautiful hiking and snowshoe trails throughout the mountain.

In the warmer seasons, Wausau is home to several of the best mountain bike trail systems in Wisconsin. The Sylvan downhill mountain bike course ranges from tough to damn right extreme! The summer season in downtown Wausau provides the only urban whitewater kayaking course in the Great Lake States. Wausau really does have it all!

Wausau is also a city of world-class art museums, Broadway productions, great restaurants, and many hometown brew pubs and breweries. Likewise, our historical 3rd street bistros and restaurants serve up sweet jazz on a nightly basis.

With all that being said, the heart of the bull clearly beats strong in Wausau… beckoning the adventurous, the thrill-seeker, the adrenaline pusher… to the Xtreme Sports Capital of the USA™ — where everything is possible!