Trail Conditions

Skinnyski.com gives trail conditions, race & lodging  information.

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

Destinations

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

XCSkiResorts.com 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.

Glenview

847-729-0550

www.scanskishop.com

Sell both classic & skate skis

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

Ski & Sports Chalet

5039 6th Ave.

Kenosha, WI

262-658-8515

www.skiandsportschalet.com

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

224-735-3133

www.skihausus.com

 

REI

1466 N. Halsted St.

Chicago

312-951-6020

www.rei.com

XC Ski Sales & clothing, classic skis only

Skate skis can be ordered online.

 

REI

17 W. 160 22nd

Oakbrook Terrace

630-574-7700

www.rei.com

XC Ski Sales & clothing, classic skis only

Skate skis can be ordered online.

 

REI

1209 E. Golf Rd.

Schaumburg

847-619-6729

www.rei.com

XC Ski Sales & clothing, classic skis only

Skate skis can be ordered online.

 

REI

888 Willow Rd.

Northbrook

847-480-1938

www.rei.com

XC Ski Sales & clothing, classic skis only

Skate skis can be ordered online.

 

Viking Ski Shop

3422 W. Fullerton Ave.

Chicago

773-276-1222

www.vikingskishop.com

Sales only – Classic Skis, no skate skis

 

Viking Ski Shop

131 W. NW Hwy.

Barrington

847-381-1188

www.vikingskishop.com

Sales only – Classic Skis, no skate skis

Williams Ski & Patio

1672 Old Skokie Valley Rd.

Highland Park

847-831-4300

www.williamsskiandpatio.com

Sale of classic skis, no skate skis

Rental: Downhill only

Advanced Reservations Suggested

Sportsman Country Club,

Northbrook

847-291-2351

XC Skiing if there’s 4+ inches of snow

Rentals

Ski Rentals

 

Arrowhead Golf Course/Herrick Lake Forest Preserve

26 W. 151 Butterfield Rd., Wheaton

www.arrowheadgolfclub.org

630-653-5800

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

630-257-2045

www.fpdcc.com

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

www.backyardbikes.com

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

847-433-6901

www.pdhp.org/heller

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

Lisle

630-968-0074

www.mortonarb.org

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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