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 20 years ago by cross country skiers in the northwest Chicago
suburbs. Our activities encourage physical fitness, friendships and increased awareness
of the outdoor environment.
For a list of places the ski club typically ski at, click here
The club may do some informal easy ski outings at a local park or golf course during
the season, snow permitting. (Rental equipment is available at Village Cycle Sport,
Elk Grove store (Higgins and A.H. Road) or the Barrington store on Northwest Highway
only, at a special club discount or at the REI store in Schaumburg.)
Contact Cary Cohen at email@example.com
The local River Prairie Group of the Sierra Club does an annual x-c ski clinic weekend
in southern Wisconsin each January. See their website at illinois.sierraclub.org/rpg
or e-mail Steve, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Jen Saylor, 630-510-5136.
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,