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Northwest Nordic Ski Club Facebook Page

GoogleGroups - Northwest Nordic Ski Club

Club list serve for time-sensitive news, updates, and messaging

Cross Country Ski Lessons conducts cross-country ski lesses from mid-January through February. For more information, go to

Nationwide Destinations and Gear

Trail Conditions gives trail conditions, race & lodging  information.

Friends of Lapham Peak provides a trail report of this popular, nearby skiing destination.


Stokely Creek Lodge, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, is a world-class destination for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (closed in 2020-2012 due to covid).

Maplelag Resort, MN, has proven popular with NNSC.

Minocqua Winter Park is an evergreen favorite and the closest natural setting to Chicago (about 5 hours drive).

ABR and Wolverine, two of the excellent ski areas near Ironwood, MI, are well known for abundant snow and expert train grooming.

South Kettle Moraine State Forest is probably the nearest significant trail system near Chicago (1.5 hours).

Directories is a useful site for planning longer trips in the U.S. It lists all of the major sites including Maplelag, MN; Minocqua Winter Park, WI; and other U.S. locations.

Ski Gear

XC Ski Headquarters in Roscommon, MI is the best! Call Bob and he'll give you advice and options.

(Good options also exist at Minocqua Winter Park and ABR if you join one of those trips.)

Local ski shops

Scandinavian Ski Shop

1621 Waukegan Rd.



Sell both classic & skate skis

Rental of classic only: $29/day, @$10/ each add’l day

Ski & Sports Chalet

5039 6th Ave.

Kenosha, WI


Sells new xc skis, mostly classic, some skate,

Fischer & Rossignol

They also have an inventory of used skis

No rentals


Ski Haus, Inc.

1975 E. Rand Rd.

Arlington Heights




1466 N. Halsted St.



XC Ski Sales & clothing, classic skis only

Skate skis can be ordered online.



17 W. 160 22nd

Oakbrook Terrace


XC Ski Sales & clothing, classic skis only

Skate skis can be ordered online.



1209 E. Golf Rd.



XC Ski Sales & clothing, classic skis only

Skate skis can be ordered online.



888 Willow Rd.



XC Ski Sales & clothing, classic skis only

Skate skis can be ordered online.


Viking Ski Shop

3422 W. Fullerton Ave.



Sales only – Classic Skis, no skate skis


Viking Ski Shop

131 W. NW Hwy.



Sales only – Classic Skis, no skate skis

Williams Ski & Patio

1672 Old Skokie Valley Rd.

Highland Park


Sale of classic skis, no skate skis

Rental: Downhill only

Advanced Reservations Suggested

Sportsman Country Club,



XC Skiing if there’s 4+ inches of snow


Ski Rentals


Arrowhead Golf Course/Herrick Lake Forest Preserve

26 W. 151 Butterfield Rd., Wheaton


Groomed Trails – both classic & skate

Rental Pkg. - $15/adults/ 2 hrs.

                        $10/child (under 12)

Lessons usually on weekends, but call ahead



Camp Sagawau/(close to Palos Trail System)

12545 W. 111th St., Lemont


3 miles of Groomed Trails

Trail pass required, but it’s free

Rental: $15/pp, Senior: $10, Family: $40

Group (10 or more): $5/pp

Lesson/Rental Combo: $30/pp or $20 for lesson only. 

Sat. & Sundays, 9:30am (Jan.-1st wkend in March)

First come, first served; no reservations.

PSAI Instructors

Trail Map on website

Open 9-4 daily, conditions permitting


LaGrange General Store & Backyard Bikes

W6098 Highway 12 (Hwy. 12 & County H)

Whitewater, WI

262-495-8600 Open Daily; call for hrs.

262-594-6202 DNR for trail conditions

Rentals: Both classic & skate

$18 Classic w/ online reservation; $20 walk-in

$28 Skate w/online res., $30 walk-in

Snow Shoes - $15 online, $17 walk-in

Nature Center

2821 Ridge Rd.

Highland Park, IL


Rentals (classic)- $14/day/adults, $9/children

(Deposit of keys, credit card, $ required)

3-4” snow required

Daily 9-4


Morton Arboretum

4100 Illinois Route 53



Rentals: 10-3 weekdays/9-4 weekends

3.5 miles of groomed classic or blaze your own

Rentals: $18/2 hrs., $21/all day

+ Admission fee (nonmembers): $14/adults ($9/Wed.)

 $12/seniors (65+) ($8/Wed.)

Snowshoe Rentals: (nonmembers)

$13/2 hrs., $17/ all day                        


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