Afterglow Lake Resort creates a spinning ice castle on a frozen lake


There’s nothing quite like the winter doldrums at Afterglow Lake Resort in far north Wisconsin, which plots trails for cross-country skiing, tire biking, and snowshoeing, and sits on the private Afterglow Lake. for ice fishing.

This winter this lake offered another form of entertainment when Mitchell Moline, son of Afterglow owners Pete and Gail Moline, created a spinning ice carousel.

Gail, who has owned the Phelps Resort with her husband Pete for nearly 30 years, said last Thursday that Mitch returned from Utah, where he is a rock guide and working on his EMT certification, to help prepare for the complex for summer guests.

The next thing she knew, he grabbed a chainsaw and walked over to the lake.

“I’m telling you, these boys will be boys,” she laughed. “They just worked and played and had fun.”

She said it took Mitch, 25, and a few others, including two 15-year-old boys who were staying at the resort, six hours to create the spinning circle of ice, which is about 18 inches thick. .

“(The teens) would normally just be on their iPads, and they would just go into town for that,” Gail said.

That night, the Molins lit a fire in the middle of the giant ice circle and pulled out Adirondack chairs to sit and gaze at the stars.

A fire burns on a rotating ice carousel at Afterglow Lake Resort in Phelps, Wisconsin on February 28, 2020.

Over the weekend, their other son, Scott, took out his drone to take aerial photos of the carousel. The video shows a few people standing on a circle of snow-covered ice about 20 feet in diameter slowly rotating clockwise, surrounded by a thin sliver of black water. A clip shows the creators of the carousel with their shovels propped up on solid ice and their feet stepping on the circle to spin it.

Mitch came up with the idea for the online ice cream carousel, where there are a lot of videos from other carousels. This includes last year in Little Falls, Minnesota, which broke the world record for the largest ice carousel. According to Minneapolis-based KARE TV station, Chuck Zwilling broke the record with one that measured 508 feet in diameter and spun for several hours.

While the Afterglow carousel wasn’t that big, Gail said her guests loved it.

Afterglow Lake Resort in Phelps, Wisconsin created a spinning ice carousel on its lake in late February 2020.

Winter guests are used to having fun at Afterglow, especially when Mitch is in town. Last year he built an igloo on the ice.

“He always does fun things. He’s a great boy, ”she said.

“We all love to be outside – we are passionate about the outdoors,” she said of her family. “We play with our guests. You don’t just come and sit there. We keep saying to ourselves, let’s go snowshoeing!

The resort sits on 251 acres surrounded by the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest near the Wisconsin-Michigan border in Vilas County. It has 11 miles of trails Pete plots for classic skiing and roller skating, five miles of groomed trails for fat biking, and eight miles of snowshoeing trails. The trail system is also connected to the Phelps Ski Trail in the National Forest. All trails are open to the general public; day passes are $ 10 for ski trails and $ 5 for snowshoe or fat bike trails, which are open from 9 a.m. to dusk when the resort is open.

The resort also has a tubing track and ice rink which are only available to resort guests.

Afterglow has 15 cabins which are rented well in advance. Gail said they were already full for this summer and there were only a handful of cabins available on weekends next winter.

The resort is located at 5050 Sugar Maple Road, Phelps, and is closed March 1 through mid-May. For more information, call (715) 545-2560 or consult

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