Favorite things about Winter in Milwaukee (informal poll results)

I had a good time once again at the Urban Ecology Center’s Candlelight Walk! Since that event was a gathering place for winter-lovers, I thought it would be a good opportunity to survey people about their favorite things about winter. Here are the results I got (and please add your own suggestions in the comments)!

Top vote-getters:

Snow (good I picked this for title!)


The way the lake looks different every day / every day is different

Icebergs and ice volcanoes on the lakefront (Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Shorewood Nature Preserve, and Lake park received nominations as places to view this)

Other nominations:

First heavy snowfall

Snow on the trunks of trees

Walking around at night

Sliding on patches of ice (note: the Ambassador of Snow warns that this may be dangerous, so be careful!)

Having a ‘snow day’ off

Snow covers up all the litter (yea, a mixed blessing, but there’s something to be said for it…)

Having the hair in your nose freeze

Milwaukee has a lot of events with both indoor and outdoor components (for instance, Gallery Night)

Forces (this person) to walk instead of bike, allowing them to observe things differently

Cross-country skiing

Whitnall toboggan run (when the course is available)

‘Hibernating,’ being sheltered, hunkering down for comfort.

How big snows can give neighbors the chance to see and talk with each other, and leads people to help others out (shoveling out car, for instance).

Icicles hanging down

Nordic Ski Club

Thanks to those who attended and offered their suggestions, and I hope many Milwaukeeans get the chance to enjoy these activities soon!

Crowd inside at Candlelight Walk

About MilwaukeeSnow

Dr. Jeffrey Filipiak, Milwaukee's Ambassador of Snow, loves winter, Milwaukee, and environmental history! He has taught college courses on topics including history, writing, environmental ethics, food studies, the Great Lakes, and sustainability. You can contact him at ambassadorofsnow@gmail.com.
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3 Responses to Favorite things about Winter in Milwaukee (informal poll results)

  1. Dave Reid says:

    I’ll just add one. There is no reason people can’t bicycle during the winter in Milwaukee. In fact it can be very enjoyable to really experience the weather.

    • Matt Filipiak says:

      I agree with the fact that experiencing winter weather while biking is very enjoyable indeed. When I was living in Madison I commuted on bicycle year-round, with some of my favorite memories being the treks I made through early morning snow packed streets breathing in the cool winter wind.

  2. Thanks, Dave! Yep, some people bike all winter – some shift to other options. As long as we get outside, travel, and appreciate the view, its good! (As with any winter activity, just be prepared.) Weather has been especially bike-friendly recently, too.

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