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

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 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 Dan Novak, 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!


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Join us for the NNSC club end of season banquet.

March 23rd at 6:30 PM social/cocktails, 7:00 PM dinner.  Yanni’s Greek Restaurant at The Glen in Glenview.  We will order off of the menu.  CASH ONLY.  Election of next year’s Board members, snow pool results, door prizes and more!  RSVP by March 20th to Paula at or 847-394-4920.