We never know which of our awesome things are really going to hit the sweet spot. This week, Wausau sure loves these:
For 70 years Shepherd & Schaller has been extremely lucky to enjoy the bounty with which Mother Nature has blessed the Wausau area. By offering gear and resources to best enjoy the rivers, lakes, hills, Mountain and trails in all their natural (and occasionally improved) glory, we help make it even more exhilarating to partake by kayak, bike, ski or on foot. Wausau’s Favorite Outdoor Store is where locals and visitors come for premium gear and expert, authentic advice and to find out what’s new.
Spring 2019 – We’re super psyched about an exciting new local organization. It’s set to host year-round competitions and events that take advantage of our local natural resources and celebrate the blood, sweat and tears of every athlete. It will put the heart of Wisconsin on the map as the Extreme Sports Capital of the USA. We welcome IRONBULL.ORG!
Visit their website to learn about the history of the name, their goals and scheduled events. Follow IronBull on social media, join the clubs it supports, volunteer, donate and cheer the athletes on.
Active, healthy living is an integral part of the lives of many who call Wausau and Marathon County home. To those who are just visiting, Shep’s is happy to support you while you’re here and we invite you to live the IronBull lifestyle with us.
One of the most beautiful sights in winter is trees with freshly fallen snow. The Pine. The Spruce. The Maple. The Birch. All decorated with the intricacies of the snowflake. The silence echoes the beauty of nature’s call to us.
Our forests have been an integral part of Wisconsin history reminding us that time passes around us as quickly as the winter wind. Sometimes we forget how lucky we are in Central Wisconsin to enjoy the many types of trees that we have. We take for granted what trees have done for our lives – from logging to conservancy, from building to planting. Trees continue to reign over our lives.
When we travel through the winter forests, we are passing not just through the trees but through a wonderland of beauty and communities – from the trees themselves to the animals they shelter. Skiing or snowboarding through the trees provides an opportunity to enjoy their majesty. Snowshoeing on a winter’s eve with a full moon is breath taking. Having the opportunity to enjoy such a playground is a blessing, one to enjoy and one to protect.
We here at Shepherd & Schaller salute the trees. We embrace the winter wonderland they provide. We encourage everyone to go out and smell the crisp air, listen to the song playing in their wind-blown branches, whisper back to them all of your secrets and wishes. They will guard your secrets well.
The forests beckon to us. They call our names. They are part of us. They are one of the many reasons we do what we do. We are here to encourage everyone to enjoy the outdoors and the trees as we do. We are here to assist in your journeys. We are here at Sheps to gear you up and send you on your journey. We are here because of the trees.
Here’s to the trees…
Wisconsin. The land of beer, brats and the Packers. The place where everyone can find something to love.
And in the winter, Wisconsin is full of….well, snow!
Wausau has the unique advantage of being almost dead center of an entire state of fun (and we love the state of fun). Within a few hour’s drive from here you can enjoy a plethora of winter activities:
Cross country skiing and snowshoeing – what a great way to enjoy the beautiful scenes created by the snow fall. Each hill you top, each corner you make, opens up an entirely new scenery for you to not only enjoy but to share with others. Marathon County Nine Mile Forest has gorgeous trails through the woods geared for a every level of skiing and offers many beautiful spots for winter photos.
Dog sledding – we all love our furry friends. And they love to play with us. How better to enjoy them and winter than to go dog sledding. A mere hour’s drive from Wausau gets you to Crocker Hills Horse and Dog Sled Trail System in Elton, WI.
Downhill skiing and snowboarding – if you need a bit more speed and an adrenaline rush, strap on your helmet and chase your rush down Granite Peak Ski Area.
You can also go ice fishing, Skijoring (yes that’s a thing), snow tubing, ice skating, snowmobiling and of course fat tire biking. Central Wisconsin has an abundance of wintery things to do and Shepherd & Schaller encourages you to get out there and enjoy them. (We can help with gear too!)
Of course, when the day is done and everyone is tired, happy and hungry Wausau has numerous places to eat, drink and sleep so you can start all over the next day.
That’s what we do here at Shepherd & Schaller. We live. We play. (We have thrown a few snowballs!). We eat. We drink. We sleep. And then we do it all again. Winter outdoor life Sheps way!
We’ve been playing and working outside in Central Wisconsin since 1949. We’re not only experts on the gear we sell and service, but where to use it , how to care for and store it, and how to dress for success.
Shop us in Downtown Wausau and online at shepssports.com
Buy or hold items to pick-up. Our web store features live salesfloor inventory for out most popular items. But know our full range of in-stock products is available only in store.
So how do we make it better outside? By preparing you for fun in all kinds of weather.
Our favorite warm weather outings take place on the lakes, rivers, trails, parks, beaches and festivals where we use premium gear from top brands. Summers are beautiful in the Northwoods. There’s no excuse to stay indoors. Let’s get you set up with:
- Kayaks, Paddles Boards, Life Vests and Waterproof Storage
- Wake Surf, Water Ski, Wake Board, Knee Boars, Tow Tubes
- Tow Ropes, Snorkels, Life Jackets, Sun Screen and Swim Gear
- Sleeping Bags, Tents, Frame Packs, Day Packs & Travel Gear
- Bikes, Helmets, cycling clothing and accessories
- Outerwear, Rain Gear, Sportswear, Activewear and Footwear
Get 20% off necessary accessories when you by bikes or water sports gear. Always. Ask us for details!
Let’s go cycling! Fat tire, mountain, commuter. What’s your style? We recommend and repair bikes for all riders. While the “pros” seek us out to fine tune their adventure, helping beginners is our specialty. Come ask your dummest question. We promise, no one is born knowing how to make biking a favorite activity in all kinds of weather. And whether you plan to ride a few blocks or a hundreds of miles we know the secrets and want to share. Let’s talk and test. Pre-shop our bikes here. Every new bike purchase includes a FREE 30-day check-up and FREE one-year tune-up!
What about cold weather? That’s when Shepherd & Schaller really shines!
There’s simply no excuse to stay indoors during a Northwoods winter when you could prepare with our experts to go:
Is it your first time? Shep’s rents, sells used ski and snowboard gear and of course offers the largest selection in Wisconsin of the latest new model downhill skis, boots, poles, bindings, helmets and goggles. Plus, with all the clothing and accessories we offer and the high energy folks shopping alongside, you’ll feel like you’re in the mountains. A first-time skier will love Granite Peak Ski Area and Nine Mile Forest, both less than 10 miles from our door!
Still not convinced? Anyone can snow shoe, Cross Country skiing is a really inexpensive way to get great exercise and enjoy the quiet snowy trails and snowboarding is as fun as you think it is. Honestly. Visit us to rent Ice Skates for Wausau’s 400 Block rink and let’s chat about snow camping or a visit to Michigans ice caves. Dressing for snow sports isn’t as complicated as you might think, and doing it right makes a big difference in your comfort for a full day on the slopes and trails. Get our dressing for success tips here.
What about clothes, shoes and home goods from awesome outdoor brands who lead the way?
Dress for success outdoors. Or for work, school or even the tavern. The outdoor lifestyle is easy to live in. You’ll find comfort and performance in the clothes, shoes and home goods we offer. Not lookalikes. Here are a few of the trend-setting brands we offer:
- Patagonia, Fjallraven, Outdoor Research, The North Face
- O’neill, Roxy, Quiksilver, Picture, Descent
- Toad & Co, KAVU, Kuhl, Mountain Khakis, Sherpa
- Pendleton, Woolwich, Kari Traa
- Hestra, Swany, Dakine, Gardini
- Smartwool, Darn Tough, Bridgedale
- Chacos, Teva, Salomon
- Sorel, Emu, Minnetonka
- Stormy Kormer, Pistil, Buff, Blackstrap