Cross Country Ski Trails

Northwest Wisconsin Cross Country Ski Trails

Northwest Wisconsin is a region rich in Nordic skiing tradition and history and blessed with some of the best cross country ski trails in the country. Not only are there literally hundreds of kilometers of groomed trails, but they represent a wide range of family-oriented to athletically challenging experiences in a setting of incredible natural beauty.

With the region’s strong Scandinavian heritage, it was only natural that Nordic skiing took root in northwest Wisconsin. Farmers, loggers and settlers of Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish extraction used cross country skis for work and recreation dating back to the early part of the twentieth century.

Cross Country Ski Trails
Tony Wise

Much of the area’s “modern” Nordic skiing heritage can be attributed to the late Tony Wise and the development of Telemark Resort in Cable. Wise was one of those larger than life characters whose accomplishments helped elevate cross country skiing to a much higher level of awareness in the Midwest and perhaps the country. He was the former owner of Telemark Resort which became one of the first downhill ski areas in the Midwest in 1947. As such, it quickly became a hot spot for winter sports in the area. Wise recognized the potential for cross country skiing at Telemark; a system of trails was laid out and Telemark began to make its mark in the world of cross country skiing.

To further promote Telemark Resort and its cross country ski trails, Wise also went on to create the American Birkebeiner cross country ski marathon. Starting with only 54 skiers in 1973, it has grown to enormous proportions and now attracts nearly 10,000 skiers. The American Birkebeiner Ski Trail, originally created specifically for this event, has become the most significant cross country ski trail in the United States.

Landmark dates in the history of cross country skiing in northwest Wisconsin include 1975 when the United States Cross Country Ski Team including Bill Koch — who would later go on to win a silver medal in the 1976 Olympics – came to Telemark to train, 1978 when the first World Cup cross country ski races were held on the Telemark Trails, and also that year the Worldloppet League, an affiliation of international cross country ski marathons, was formed by Tony Wise at Telemark.

Not long after Wise undertook his efforts to develop the Telemark Trails, cross country ski trails began springing up all across northwest Wisconsin with many developed by the U.S. Forest Service in the surrounding Chequamegon National Forest. After an auspicious beginning, it wasn’t long before the landscape was dotted with numerous trails of all sizes and descriptions, most of which continue to offer pleasant and challenging cross country skiing opportunities today.



 

ABR Ski Trails Ironwood, Mich.

70 km of numerous loops; easy to most difficult; skate/classic and classic only. ... read more..

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Afterhours/Brule River State Forest Ski Trails Brule, Wis.

Entry Loop-1.5km - Easy; Oak Trail; 3.5km - Easy; River Trail-2.3 km - Intermediate; Spruce Trail-1 km - Intermediate; White Pine Trail - 4.2 - Intermediate. Snowshoeing permitted on snowshoe trail and backcountry.... read more..

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American Birkebeiner Trail Cable, Seeley, & Hayward, Wis.

Point to point Birkie trail from Cable to Hayward, 42km. Point to point Birkie Classic Trail from Cable to Cty. OO, 27km. Numerous loop options between Cty. OO and the North End Cabin Trail Head.... read more..

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Ashland Ski Trail Ashland, Wis.

Four loops with connecting trails. 5km total trail. Groomed for skating and classical.... read more..

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Balsam Branch Cross Country Ski Trails Amery, Wis.

11km of trails groomed for classical and skating. Trails can be skied in either direction.... read more..

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Bear Crossing Trails Medford, Wis.

12 km trails groomed for classical and snowshoeing.... read more..

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Beaver Brook Ski Trail Spooner, Wis.

10 km of classic groomed trails, plus ungroomed snowshoe & backcountry trails.... read more..

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Blue Hills Trail Bruce, Wis.

20 + miles of trails groomed for classical and skating. Many intersecting loops allow for tours of various configurations. Dogs permitted on the Westside Trails only (west side of Firelane Road).... read more..

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Brandt Pines Ski Trail Grantsburg, Wis.

Gentle to moderately rolling trails through woodlands.... read more..

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Camp Forest Springs Trails Rib Lake, Wis.

18 km of trails groomed for skating and striding. Great terrain and regular trail grooming... read more..

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Coon Lake Trail Frederic, Wis.

5.3km groomed for skating and classical with segments of easy and intermediate difficulty and one series of steep, more difficult loops.... read more..

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Copper Falls State Park Mellen, Wis.

Four loops, beginner-intermediate. Total of 8.3 km.... read more..

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Douglas County Ski Trails Solon Springs, Wis.

Green Trail - 2.6km, Orange Trail - 2.9 km, Red Trail - 2.2km, Yellow Trail - 2.6km. Classic only... read more..

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Drummond Ski Trails Drummond, Wis.

Antler - 3.2 km, Easy; Antler Chute - 2.6 km, Easy; Boulevard - 9 km out and back, Easy; North Country Return - 9 km round trip, More difficult; Jack Rabbit - 6 km, Easy; Race Track - 4.5km, More difficult... read more..

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Flambeau Hills Trail Winter, Wis.

27 km - This hilly, wide twin track trail system has no major climbs, winds through a mixture of hardwoods and conifers, crosses three bridges, and provides glimpses of the Flambeau River; groomed for skating and classic.... read more..

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Grantsburg Nordic Ski Trail Grantsburg, Wis.

7 km of trails along the shores of Memory Lake, Wood River and Hay Creek. A variety of skill levels groomed for classic and skating through forest and wetland areas.... read more..

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Hatchery Creek Park Hayward, Wis.

1.15 km, 1.9 km, and 4 km loops groomed for skating or classical. All trails are lighted from dusk to 10:00PM. Trails connect to American Birkebeiner Trail... read more..

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Hayward Hospital Ski Trails Hayward, Wis.

2km loop, 3km loop, Lake loop.... read more..

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Heartwood Conference Center and Resort Trails Trego, Wis.

A wide range of trails with a good variety of degree of difficulty and distance.... read more..

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Hickory Ridge Ski Trail Bloomer, Wis.

14.2 km of trails in 3 loops. Challenging with rolling to steep terrain around numerous lakes. 2 warming shelters on trail.... read more..

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High Point Trails Ogema, Wis.

14km - Nine miles of trails traverse some of the most hilly terrain in the state; groomed for skating and classic.... read more..

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Holy Cross Trail Phillips, Wis.

9.6km scenic, wide twin track trail is moderately hilly and passes through a vartey of timber types. The trailhead features a picnic area including a shelter, picnic tables, grill, and fire ring. Groomed for classic only... read more..

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Interstate Park Trails St. Croix Falls, Wis.

Skyline Trail - 4.5km, Intermediate; Quarry Trail - 3.2km, Beginner; Point Trail - 3.5km, Beginner; Bluff Trail - 1.6km, Advanced; Silverbrook Trail - 4.5km, Beginner.... read more..

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Lake Superior View Ski Washburn, WI

4 Connected Loops, Silo loop 1k, 9 Iron Loop 2k, Fairway Loop 2.5k, Driver Loop 3k... read more..

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MECCA Ski Trails Mercer, Wis.

Numerous loops from 2k to 8k.Total of 21k of trails, all trails groomed for classical, with skating available on 16k. Easy to moderate difficulty. Groomed 6 to 12 feet wide. 1 mile snowshoe available and working on extending another 1/2 mile.... read more..

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Montreal Trail Montreal, Wis.

12 km, singletrack classic trail, easy to more difficult.... read more..

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Mt. Ashwabay/Jerry Jolly Trail System Bayfield, Wis.

Beginner: Sugarbush, Cabin; Intermediate to advanced : Anchor - 4 km, Seagull - 8 km, Raven (Classic only) - 3.5 km, Jerry Jolly Trails - 12 km, Deer Path (Classic only) - 12km.... read more..

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Mt. Valhalla - Valkyrie and Teuton Ski Trails Washburn, Wis.

Two sets of trails: Teuton - three loops 3.5 to 6.6 km, more/most difficult, skate/classic; Valkyrie - three loops 1.7 to 10 km, easy to more difficult, classic only.... read more..

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Mukwonago Ski Trail Hayward, Wis.

Loops of 2.2, 4.4, 7.5, 13.6 km. Groomed for Skating and Classical... read more..

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Namekagon Ski Trail Cable, Wis.

Loops of 1.7, 2, and 3.3 km. Easy-Intermediate. Groomed Classical only... read more..

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Newman Springs Trail Park Falls, Wis.

11.2 km of trails. Portions of the trail have rolling terrain which provides scenic views of the area; groomed for classic only. Loop B is a snowshoe/fat bike route and is not groomed for skiing.... read more..

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Nordic Woods Ski Trail Stone Lake, Wis.

23km of trail. Generally intermediate groomed for skating and classical. There is also short beginners loop.... read more..

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North End Ski Trails Cable, Wis.

13 km, skate/classic. Intermediate North End Classic - 12 km classic only. Intermediate Tony Wise/World Cup - 6 km - skate. Most Difficult. Trails connect to American Birkebeiner Trail and Birkie Classic Trail. Three snowshoe trails 2 km - 6 km.... read more..

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Palmquist Farm Trails Brantwood, Wis.

37.6 km Easy to moderate trails in a quiet, farm country setting; groomed for skating and classic.... read more..

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Pattison State Park Trail Superior, Wis.

Red- 2.1 km, Orange - 3.7 km, Blue - 5.2 km, Red + Orange + Blue - 6.6 km Trails are classic only.... read more..

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Penokee Mountain Ski Trails Mellen, Wis.

8.6 km-most difficult, 5.1 km-more difficult, 3.2-more difficult. Classical only... read more..

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Perkinstown Ski & Snowshoe Trails Perkinstown, Wis.

West loops: Grouse Loop - 4.1km, Hemlock Loop - 5.1km, Beaver Loop -12.5km - all More Difficult; East Loops - Beginner Loop - .8km - Easy, Tower Loop - 3.3km - More Difficult. Groomed for Skating and classic.... read more..

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Phillips School Forest Trail Phillips, Wis.

5.6 km - Five loops through a diverse forest and an open meadow offer a variety of terrain from gently rolling to steep hills; groomed for skating and classic.... read more..

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Rib Lake Ski & Snowshoe Trails Rib Lake, Wis.

Two-mile beginner's loop. 30 km of diverse trails.... read more..

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Rock Lake Trail Cable, Wis.

Loops of 2, 4, 7, 11.5, 16, and 1.8 km. Single track. Classical only.... read more..

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Rockmans Wood's Barron, Wis.

3.4km of trails through a mature oak-maple forest and 1.9km of open field skiing for a total of 5.3km groomed to 12 feet wide with a classic track as conditions allow. Two miles of snowshoe trails behind the high school in Barron. ... read more..

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Round Lake Trail Fifield, Wis.

A hike of up to 15 km/9.3 miles is possible.... read more..

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Seeley Ski Trail Seeley, Wis.

7.5 and 5 km loops/Skating and Classic... read more..

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Sisters Farm Trails Ladysmith, Wis

Connecting loops of about 7 K on each side of Sisters Farm Road. Classical and snow bikes on the West side; classical and skate skiing on the East side. Snowshoeing allowed on all trails, including the six and a half mile groomed Fat bike loop. A... read more..

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Spooner City Trail Spooner, Wis.

6 km. of beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails.... read more..

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Superior Municipal Forest Superior, Wis.

Red Trail - 3km, 2km outer, 1 km inner - Beginner. Green Trail - 5km, 4km outer, 1km inner - More advanced. Purple Trail - 6km, Blue Trail - 2km, Yellow Trail - 10km Advanced.... read more..

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Telemark Ski Trails Cable, Wis.

7.5 km of groomed trails. 2.5 manmade loop now open.... read more..

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Timberland Hills Cumberland, Wis.

24 km. of trails. Rolling to hilly. Groomed for skating and classical. 2.5 km of lighted trail.... read more..

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Timms Hill Trail Ogema, Wis.

12km of trail groomed for skate and classic skiing that connects the Rib Lake Ski & Snowshoe Trails near Rib Lake, WI to the Highpoint Ski Trails at Timm's Hill near Ogema, WI. From the south end, the first 3 miles of the trail start out fair... read more..

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Tomahawk Lake Ski Trail Barnes, Wis.

Blue Loop - 2.7 km - Easy; Yellow Loop - 7 km, More difficult (with a shortcut 4 km). Classic skiing only.... read more..

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Totogatic Trail Minong, Wis.

Three loops: 3.6km, 6.9km, and 9.8 km. Easy to advanced. Groomed single track classical.... read more..

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Town of Hayward Recreational Forest Hayward, Wis.

Approximately four miles of winding trails, mixed with rolling terrain and hills although the hilly loop is a bit technical... Scenic mixed woods, a lake, abundant wildlife. Snowshoe trails/ fat bikes welcome/ sliding hill/ warming shelter with wood ... read more..

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Trade River Trail Frederic, Wis.

8km of trail groomed for classical and skating. Easy rolling trails. ... read more..

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Uller Trail Iron Belt, Wis.

Very remote skiing, approximately 18 km point to point, or out & back through heavily wooded county forest. Groomed singletrack classic or backcountry. Hilly and in places technical terrain. Two rustic warming shelters. Intermediate-Expert... read more..

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Veikko Trail Marengo, Wis.

Point to point trail, approx. 5 km. Backcountry/ungroomed.... read more..

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Voyager Village Trail Danbury, Wis.

Groomed for skating and classic. Snowshoeing. Golf course terrain... read more..

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Webb Lake Ski Trail Webb Lake, Wis.

Three trails of 2, 2.5 and 4.2km through aspen, oak and pine forests.... read more..

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Wintergreen Trail Fifield, Wis.

7.6km - Gentle enough for the intermediate skill level, yet challenges the experienced. All loops groomed for classic. B loop groomed for skating and classic.... read more..

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Wolverine Nordic Trails Ironwood, Mich.

27 km of skate and classic trails from easy to most difficult.... read more..

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