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 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.

Beginner information:

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

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 or e-mail Steve,

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 847-291-2351 ext 3.

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!


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Click HERE for some Club trip pictures past and present (note: come back as this will get more pictures added over time).


Upcoming Club Meeting

You are invited to the annual Northwest Nordic Ski Club banquet!  

Come celebrate another great ski season with all of your friends, new and veteran, from the NNSC.

Friday, March 27 at 7:00 P.M.

Jameson's Char House, 1702 W. Algonquin Rd., Mt. Prospect

We will be in the private room and will each order off of the menu.  (We cannot guarantee that separate checks will be an option, so please bring cash.)

Vegan options such as pasta with meatless marinara sauce, pasta primavera, and entree salads are available.   

Bring your favorite stories (and photos?) from the current ski season, as well as your ideas for next year.

In order to save your spot, RSVP no later than March 21 to Marilyn, 847-439-4496

More 2014-2015 CLUB TRIP AND MEETING SCHEDULE can be found HERE!