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Tear up the track
If the silent majesty of a winter's morn strikes you as a little too quiet, try a January weekend in Eagle River, Wisconsin, home of the World Championship Snowmobile Derby (derbytrack.com) for more than 40 years. Roughly 30,000 fans show up to see 600 racers compete in the Indy 500 of snowmobile racing.
Many fans stand around the half-mile banked track, but if you want out of the cold, enjoy one of 500 heated, private viewing areas known as "hot seats." Even in frigid temps, the action gets heated as riders reach up to 90 mph along the straightaway. Want to try out the track? Trailer in your own sled and take a spin around the oval before the races begin.
A version of this story was originally published in Midwest Living® January/February 2006.