Where to go - ski

 

Where To Go
Here are some places to go for excellent skiing... both near and far from the Green Bay Area! Where do you want to ski today?

Area Skiing
For skiers in the Green Bay Area looking for trails close to home.

Site Location Description
Barkhausen Nature Area Green Bay, WI
  • Family skiing and snowshoeing.
  • Completely flat area near the bay's west shore.
  • Well known in the Green Bay area as the destination of various school trips and scouting outings.
  • Trail system spans over 9 miles.
  • Warming shelter and various activities year round
Neshota County Park Green Bay, WI
  • Short but challenging trails with the area's largest hills.
  • Though there is only 5K of combined skating and classic skiing, there is a 2.5K loop that has some serious climbs, one steep downhill and one gradual downhill, with a number of turns that make it pretty fun!
  • The rest of the trails are flat - easy trails anybody can handle.
  • Home of candlelight skis in the winter.
  • Has a nice wood heated warming shelter and a sledding hill.
Brown County Reforestation Camp Just North of Green Bay, WI
  • Beginner to intermediate classical and skate skiing.
  • Home of the Stump Farm Classic ski race the weekend before the Birkie.
  • Beautiful warming shelter and a variety of skate and classic trails.
  • For more information and trail fees visit: Brown County Parks Department.
 
Day Trip Skiing
Skied all the Green Bay trails? Want to try something new without having to book a hotel room? These areas offer great ski trails within day-trip distance of Green Bay.
Greenbush Recreation Area Greenbush, WI

Kettle Moraine State Park Northern Unit - Located 45 minutes north of Milwaukee

  • One of SE Wisconsin's primary destinations.
  • Known for its "micro climate" that seems to get and hold snow more than the surrounding areas, its trails offer a range from beginner to advanced skiing on very well-maintained trails.
  • Trail pass required for all people 16 or older. State trail passes available at businesses near state trails or at the Department of Natural Resources offices.
  • State trail pass fees: Annual = $15 / Daily = $4
  • For more information visit: Department of Natural Resources - State of Wisconsin.
Lakewood Cross Country Ski Trail Lakewood, WI

Approximately 2 hours north of Green Bay.

  • A hidden jewel of well-maintained, beautiful trails.
  • Pisten Bully groomed trails offer both scenic beauty and some challenging and exciting hills.
  • 22K out and back (44K total) system that can be done in a variety of ways depending on where you park.
  • For more information, check out their club web site: http://www.lakewoodxcskiclub.com
Nine Mile Ski Area Wausau, WI
  • Well groomed, challenging trails in the middle of the state.
  • Home of the cross country events of the Winter Badger State Games, these are probably the best mid-state trails.
  • Offers 30 km of groomed trails for skating and diagonal skiing.
  • Large, heated ski chalet with changing area, restrooms, a spacious lounging area, hot and cold drinks, and snacks.
Minocqua Winter Park Minocqua, WI
  • One of the midwest's best trail systems.
  • 75 km of groomed trails for all ability levels. 65 km groomed for both skating and striding. 10 km groomed for striding only. There are even 2 specially groomed children's loops.
  • Day lodge offers a cozy place to gather with other skiers. Also offers food service, indoor bathrooms, indoor waxing room, babysitting service on weekends.
  • Ski shop offers XC ski equipment, current rental equipment, and PSIA certified instruction. One of the top XC schools in the U.S.
  • For trail fees and more information: http://www.skimwp.org/
Potawatomi State Park Sturgeon Bay, WI

At the entrance to Door County, WI

  • Small park with an easy, flat trail starting at a rustic trailhead shelter. Shelter has wood available to start a fire and kids can slide down a nearby hill within sight of the shelter. Family fun!
  • Trail pass required for all people 16 or older. State trail passes available at businesses near state trails or at the Department of Natural Resources offices.
  • Fees: Annual = $15 / Daily =$4
  • For more information visit: Department of Natural Resources - State of Wisconsin.
Standing Rock Park Stevens Point, WI
  • Known for its hills.
  • Cross country ski trails are open on a daily basis throughout the snow season.
  • Approximately 15 km (10 miles) of trails. About 75% of the trails are rated as intermediate or expert because of its many hills and distances. Trails groomed for both diagonal stride and skate skiing.
  • For fees and more information visit: Portage Country Parks Department
 
Pack-Your-Bags Ski Trips
Pack your bags, pack up the family, and head out for some great skiing. But you won't be able to make it a day trip. These trails offer great skiing conditions for those skiers looking to enjoy cross country trails and won't mind an overnight stay.
ABR Ironwood, MI
  • Lake effect snow saves the Midwest!
  • One of the few places that has at least some snow and good grooming in the Midwest during those horrible no-snow years.
  • Trails are relatively short, but a great ski.
  • ABR Trails are located on over 600 acres of private land of varied terrain. Groomed for skating and diagonal striding.
  • Trailhead warming cabin available.
  • For fees and other information: http://www.michiweb.com/abrski
Afterglow Lake Resort Phelps, WI

17 miles north of Eagle River, WI

  • 11 miles of trails groomed for striding and skate skiing.
  • Shopping, attractions, and restaurants just minutes away.
  • For cabin rates, fees, and other information: http://www.afterglowresort.com
American Birkebeiner Trails Cable, WI
  • Home of the Birkie!
  • America's most famous ski trail. Check out their web site for much more info! http://www.birkie.com
Giants Ridge Biwabik, MN

60 minutes from Duluth, NE Minnesota

  • Rated as Minnesota's #1 Ski Resort (SKI Magazine).
  • More than 60 km of cross country ski trails.
  • Grab the kids and call your friends - because you'll want to spend a few days here.
  • For fees and more information: http://www.giantsridge.com
Rainbow Resort Waubun, MN
  • Trails are relatively flat, perfect for beginners. Other trails offer an abundance of hills to challenge the advanced skier.
  • 20 km of private ski trails for resort guests - for rates and other information: http://www.rainbowresort.com
Stokely Creek Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Just over Michigan border on I-75

  • 21 miles north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Just over the Michigan border (and through customs).
  • Estimated drive time from Green Bay: 6 hours (approx. 285 miles).
  • For more information: http://www.stokelycreek.com
Swedetown Trails Calumet, MI
  • 30 km of beginner to expert trails groomed daily for skating and classic skiing.
  • 4.5 km of trails lighted until 10:00 PM.
  • Chalet with snack bar and groomed sledding hill.
  • Host of Great Bear Chase ski race.
  • For fees and more information: http://www.lauriummanorinn.com/swedetown/
Marquette Country Trails

Marquette, MI

Michigan's Upper Peninsula

  • Home of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon, Marquette Country has nearly a dozen marked cross-country ski trails and several Nordic skiing events.
  • Take the entire family on beginner-level trails or spend an entire day on challenging courses for advanced skiers.
  • Most popular trails include:
    - Blueberry Ridge Trail (Beginner to Advanced)
    - Al Quaal Recreation Area Trails (Beginner to Advanced)
    - Marquette City Fit Strip (Beginner to Intermediate
  • For trail maps and trail conditions, click here: http://www.marquettecountry.org/skiing/index2.html