I have been asked by friends, family and acquaintances from warmer climates "Why do you live in Wisconsin? How can you stand the long winter?". I often tell them that winter sports is what makes the cold season bearable. Skiing, skating, building snowmen and snowshoeing are some of the Swanson family favorites. To be honest, we love winter and get bummed out when our local hill - Mount LaCrosse - closes for the season. For living outside of the "state of hockey", I am also bound and determined to make skaters out of my kids. Because after all, winter sports = winter fun.