Frosty Winter Events & Activities
on Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Frosty, chilly, frigid, icy and blustery are just a few adjectives that describe our Iowa winters. But, for many, the cold weather doesn’t deter them from heading outside to play in the snow. And, those who want to head outside will find plenty to do!
Frosty Buns Race Series
This is a new racing series that includes the Iowa Games Championship Snowshoe Race and two new races, the Winter Warrior Duathlon and the Sticky Stride.
Snowshoe Race, January 13, 2018
1.12.18 UPDATE: WITH LITTLE SNOW, THIS WILL BE A TRAIL RUN - TRACTION DEVICES OKAY, NO SNOWSHOES. First in the series is the 5k/10k Snowshoe Race at Ingawanis Woodland in Janesville at the Eagle Lodge. Online registration is already open and although preregistration is preferred, you can register the morning of the race at 7:45. The race begins at 9:00am. Following the race, participants can enjoy a winter picnic while warming up next to the campfire and learning more about the Bremer County Nature Alliance. Stick around as winter activities will be held 1:15-2:30pm.
Winter Warrior Duathlon, February 3, 2018
This snowshoe and fat bike duathlon will take place 12:00pm on the soft trails of George Wyth State Park. Meet at the Lodge in the park. Divisions are available for citizens/beginners and open/advanced! Online registration is open.
The Sticky Stride, March 3, 2018
The last in the Frosty Buns Race Series is the Sticky Stride. As the name and date might apply, it coincides with Hartman Reserve Nature Center’s Maple Syrup Festival taking place March 3 and 4. The Sticky Stride will start at 8:15am rain, shine or snow from the River Hills School in Cedar Falls. Online registration is open.
Winterfest 2018, February 11
Impact Outdoors is hosting their annual Winterfest in February from 12:00-3:00pm at South Prairie Lake in Cedar Falls. Winterfest will include ice fishing education and safety, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating and more. Participants can visit the hospitality tent to enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and snacks. All refreshments and activities are free and the event is open to the public.
(Fat Bike Race, February 17, 2018)
Fat Bike Race, February 17, 2018
Whether taking part in this event as a spectator or participant, the Fat Bike Race is fun! Bikers take to the soft trails through the wooded areas of George Wyth Park in this unique and challenging race. Online registration is open and start time will be 1:00pm.
Bundle up the kids and head to the sledding hill next to the Cedar Falls Visitor Center. Need a restroom facility or a little time to warm up? Stop in and see us. The visitor center is open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm, Saturdays from 9:00am-4:00pm and Sundays from noon until 4:00pm.
Bundle up and head to Gateway Park in Cedar Falls for some ice skating. Restrooms are available and heated, there’s a shelter and the rink is lit until late evening.
When the trails are covered in snow it’s time to head out to enjoy the peace that comes from skiing the wooded, Cedar Valley Trails. Please be sure to mind the signs and stick to the proper side of the trail. Need to rent skis? Visit with Europa Cycle & Ski. CrawDaddy Outdoors in Waverly also rents cross-country skis.
Take a leisurely pace on the trails or take part in the January 13 Snowshoe Race in Janesville (see above). Snowshoeing is good for beginners but it can be a workout, burning 600 calories per hour depending on the intensity of your workout. Want to give snowshoeing a try? Europa Cycle & Ski and CrawDaddy Outdoors rents snowshoes.
Pick up your fishing license and pack your bucket, rod and jigs. It’s time to fish and one of the popular spots is on George Wyth Lake in George Wyth State Park. Although it’s been bitterly cold recently, always check the ice. The DNR says, “Know your ice.” They recommend a minimum of 4 inches of clear blue ice. Need a fishing license? Stop in at SCHEELS in Cedar Falls.
Winter weather in Iowa can be unpredictable. Be sure to check links for weather related announcements on the day of the event.
If you need more ideas of Things to Do and Places to Eat & Drink while you’re in Cedar Falls, contact the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 800-845-1955 or stop in and see us at 6510 Hudson Road.
We’d be happy to help!
(Ice Fishing on George Wyth Lake)
- cross-country skiing
- fat bike
- frosty buns race series
- ice fishing
- ice skating
- outdoor rec
- things to do