Trail Details

Northwest Wisconsin Nordic Trails

Rib Lake Ski & Snowshoe Trails

Rib Lake, Wis.

Trail Options:   Two-mile beginner's loop. 30 km of diverse trails.

Trail Description: The Rib Lake Ski & Snowshoe Trails consists of 30 km of trails that are groomed at a minimum weekly, and after each snowfall as necessary, to ensure a quality experience for diagonal skiing, skate skiing, and snowshoeing.  The trail system is open for free, public use during the ski and snowshoe season, but donations are always appreciated.  The season typically begins December 15 and ends in late March. Snowshoeing and well behaved dogs are welcome.

Management: Rib Lake Ski & Snowshoe Club

Facilities: Parking at multiple trailheads. Food, lodging nearby in Rib Lake.

Info: 715/ 427-5676


Snowshoeing Permitted
Snowshoeing Permitted

Dogs Permitted
Dogs Permitted

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Snowshoeing Permitted

Dogs Permitted

Trail Location


Located north of the Village of Rib Lake. Trailhead and parking on Hwy D, on Harper Drive just north of Hwy D, and at the Rusch Preserve on Hwy C.

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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.