Wednesday is the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest day of the year in La Crosse with just under 9 hours of sunlight.
If you want to celebrate the winter solstice outside in the snow, the Outdoor Recreation Alliance in La Crosse hosts a solstice party in Upper Hixon’s woods on Wednesday afternoons.
“We make a campfire,” says Jed Olson, director of ORA Trails. “If you can make your way to Upper Hixon, everyone just calls it the weatherball trails, we have a lighted trail.”
Olson says the 4 p.m. start of the event “seems early, but then it starts to get dark.” The earliest sunset of the year in La Crosse is at 4:27 PM, which occurred for several days in the first half of December. Ac, and it won’t be back to 5pm until the end of January.
December 21 is the shortest day of 2022 in La Crosse, with 8 hours and 54 minutes of sunlight. On the longest day in June, the sun shines for 15 hours and 27 minutes.
The Solstice event takes place in the Upper Hixon Forest area. According to Jed, the ski and hiking trails are currently in good condition.