Serving Chicagoland Area Cross Country Ski Enthusists

Northwest Nordic Ski Club

Northwest Nordic Ski Club, a non-profit ski club catering to Chicago area cross-country skiing enthusiasts, is dedicated to encouraging participation in cross-country skiing.  The group was founded 30+ years ago by cross country skiers in the northwest Chicago suburbs.  Our activities encourage physical fitness, friendships and increased awareness of the outdoor environment.


Beginner information:


The club may do some informal easy ski outings at a local park or golf course during the season, snow permitting. Contact Cary at carycoh@aol.com


The local River Prairie Group of the Sierra Club does an annual x-c ski clinic weekend in southern Michigan each January.  See their website at illinois.sierraclub.org/rpg or e-mail Steve, sdturner@gmail.com.


Camp Sagawau (on Ill. 83 near Lemont), a part of the Palos area Forest Preserve system, offers x-c ski lessons and rentals and has 6 km of groomed trails.  To reserve a spot for a lesson, call 630-257-2045.


Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road (north of Rte. 22), Highland Park, 847-433-6901, offers rentals, has 3 miles of trails open when there is a 4-inch snow base, and may offer lessons this year.

Arrowhead Golf Course  (26W151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton, 630-653-5800 ext. 4) rents equipment and opens the course for skiing if 6” of snow or more. Lessons on Saturdays starting in January; call Dan Novak, dnovak@wheatonparks.org 630-510-5117.


Sportsman's Country Club, 3535 Dundee Rd., Northbrook, offers groomed trails when there is a 4-6" base. They offer x-c ski lessons and rentals. Lessons begin on Saturdays in January, 10 A.M.-noon, $15 (not including equipment.) To sign up, call 847-292-2351, ext. 3.


Northerly Island, on the Chicago lakefront offers ski rentals and flat terrain for skiing.


GUESS the amount of SNOW for this season...See Club Info for details!

Cross country skiing is great if you live in a small country. ~Steven Wright

From local day trips to week long trips to great x-country destinations in the Midwest and beyond, NNSC offers something for everyone!



Breaking News


SKI SEASON IS COMING!

Check out the updated trip schedule for 2018-2019 on the trip pages.



NEED TO RENT  OR BUY SKIS?  CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF LOCAL PLACES THAT CURRENTLY RENT SKIS.