Trail Details

Northwest Wisconsin Nordic Trails

Mt. Ashwabay/Jerry Jolly Trail System

Bayfield, Wis.

Trail Options:   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.

Trail Description: Located three miles south of Bayfield, Mt. Ashwabay offers both cross country skiing and alpine skiing in a magnificent setting featuring stunning views of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Chequamegon National Forest. Cross Country trails cover 30 km with ratings from beginner to expert. All trails are groomed and tracked weekly or more frequently as necessary. The 13 alpine runs range from beginner to expert and are accessed from a T-bar and four tow ropes which are open to cross country skiers and Telemarkers. New this year - 6km dog-friendly trail along Sugar Bush Road.

Ownership: Ashwabay Outdoor Educational Foundation

Management: Mt. Ashwabay

Key Partnerships: CHASTA (Chequamegon Area Ski Trails Association), and Friends of Lake Superior Nordic Trails.

Facilities: Rentals, Restrooms, Ski School, Restaurant, Bar. Food and lodging nearby in Bayfield and Washburn.

Fees: $8.00 on weekends and $6.00 on weekdays

Info: 715/ 779-3227


Snowshoeing Permitted
Snowshoeing Permitted

Dogs Permitted
Dogs Permitted

Fat bikes Permitted
Fat bikes Permitted

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Snowshoeing Permitted

Dogs Permitted

Fat bikes Permitted

Trail Location


USH 2 to Hwy 13. North on 13 approx. 17 miles. Follow signs for Mt. Ashwabay and Big Top Chatauqua.

Turn-by-Turn Directions Driving Directions to Mt.  Ashwabay/Jerry Jolly Trail System

Most Recent trail report

Landmark dates in the history of Nordic Trails 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.

After an auspicious beginning, it wasn’t long before the landscape was dotted with Nordic Trails of all sizes and descriptions, most of which continue to offer pleasant and challenging cross country skiing opportunities today.