February 5, 2014

Wisconsin’s Top Late-Winter Cross-country Ski Trails

Cross Country Skiing

For cross-country skiers, this winter has been one of the best in decades. With good snowfall throughout the winter and consistently cold temperatures, skiers have been on the trails all winter long. Don’t miss out on the great skiing. Here are eight of Wisconsin’s finest late-winter cross-country ski trails.

Rusk County – Blue Hills Trail System

If you’ve never skied the Blue Hills, you’re missing out on one of the best cross-country skiing experiences in the Midwest. Explore 35 kilometers of groomed trails running through the remnants of an ancient mountain range. The nearby Sisters’ Farm Trail is also an excellent cross-country ski trail.

Stevens Point area – Standing Rocks County Park

Ski 15 kilometers of trails at this scenic park located seven miles east of the Stevens Point area. About three-quarters of the trails are rated intermediate. Downhill skiing is also available in the park on weekends. If there’s snow on the ground, Standing Rocks County Park is the place to be.

Black River Falls – Black River State Forest

The Black River Falls area is quite unique, full of rock outcroppings, babbling brooks and forests of yellow pines. The cross-country ski trails of the Black River State Forest wind their way through this beautiful landscape.

West Bend – Northern Unit Kettle Moraine State Forest

The Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest protects the land formations left behind by the last ice age. The rolling landscape is ideal for cross-country skiing. The forest includes several excellent trails.

Vilas CountyRazorback Ridges

This 12-mile trail system has a number of different trail loops ranging from beginner to expert. It’s an ideal place to test your skills and enjoy some wonderful scenery.

Oneida County  – Cassian County Two-way Trail

The Cassian County Two-way Trail is one of the best trails in the Northwoods. The 15-mile trail is groomed for classic-style skiing. The terrain is flat with some moderately rolling sections. Don’t miss this trail.

Rhinelander  –  Nose Lake County Trail

A fifteen minute drive west from Rhinelander will take you to an outstanding cross-country ski trail. The Nose Lake Trail is great for beginners. Choose from a 5-mile loop and a 9-mile loop running over a level terrain.

MiddletonPleasant View Golf Course

Don’t be fooled by the fact that this trail is on a golf course:  this is one of the best cross-country ski trails in southern Wisconsin. The trails here are groomed for both skating and diagonal striding.

Late winter can be the best time of the year to go skiing in Wisconsin. Some winters, the cross-country skiing season can run well into March. Get out there and take advantage of the snow and the scenery – you’ll be glad you did.

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