In a state blessed with great cross-country ski trails, these are the very best
Cross-country skiing is an obsession for many across the Badger State. There are thousands of miles of cross-country ski trails and trail systems in Wisconsin.
Whether you’re a diehard cross-country skier or just someone who likes go on an outing or two each year, these four trails are not going to disappoint.
Sisters’ Farm Trail – Rusk County
Located along a wide bend in the Flambeau River, this trail is among Wisconsin’s finest. Sisters’ Farm Trail provides 12 kilometers of groomed trails and wonderful scenery along one of Wisconsin’s most famous riverways. The trails here are maintained for both classical and skate skiing. The trail ratings range from beginner level to expert.
Find more Rusk County trail information at www.ruskcountywi.com.
Black River State Forest Ski Trails – Black River Country
The Black River State Forest cross-country ski trails are among the Midwest’s finest. Seven loops and trail links total 24 miles of incredible cross-country skiing. The ski trails are groomed for both diagonal and skate skiing. For expert skiers, the Ridge, Norway Pine and Wildcat trails offer steep climbs, but the reward for your effort is incredible views.
Get complete trip planning information for Black River Country at www.blackrivercountry.net.
Madeline Trail – Oneida County
This 16.5-mile Oneida County trail is a gem. The trail loops traverse some of northern Wisconsin’s most beautiful forests. Best of all, the terrain is gentle, with just a few rolling hills, making it accessible to skiers of all ability levels. This trail is located in a region that gets outstanding snowfall during the winter, making it a dependable ski destination. This groomed trail requires a trail pass, which can be purchased at the trailhead.
Find more Oneida County cross-country skiing options at www.oneidacountywi.com.
Blue Hills Trail System – Rice Lake
Just a few miles north of Rice Lake, you’ll find the famous Birkebeiner race course, famous among cross-country skiers the world over. Less famous, however, is the Blue Hills area east of Rice Lake. But when it comes to cross-country skiing, the Blue Hills are second to none. This rolling landscape of forests offers 35 kilometers of the best cross-country ski trails in Wisconsin. Both skating and classical style skiing are accommodated, with trails available for every ability level.
For more information on ski trails in the Rice Lake area, visit www.ricelaketourism.com.