Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are two of the most popular winter sports in Wisconsin, and are both an extraordinary way to explore the state's exceptionally beautiful winter landscapes. Many of the best places for winter activities like these are Wisconsin's State Parks and forests. These protected lands are beautiful any time of year, but when the snows begin to fall, they take on an extra magical quality that simply must be enjoyed.
Some trails are single-track for traditional cross country skiing, while others are built for skate-style skiers, and still others are wide enough for both. There are also plenty of ungroomed trails fit for creating your own adventure, especially strapped into a pair of snowshoes.
Wherever you end up this winter, make sure one of our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfasts are at the heart of it all. Our member properties are located in all the best destinations around the state, ready to welcome you with the warm hospitality we've become known for. Find your special place this winter, and book a room at a Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast today!
Cross Country Skiing in Wisconsin
With over 700 cross country skiing trails in the state (and even more ungroomed trails), it's impossible to list all of the wonderful places for cross country skiing in Wisconsin. But, we do have a few great recommendations to get you started, including some properties that have trails on their very property. Travel Wisconsin provides a great snow report tool that can help you time your trip to optimal conditions.
- Justin Trails Resort near Sparta has its very own network of groomed cross-country ski trails on their 200-acre property. When you're ready to venture out for more, they are near Wildcat Mountain State Park, the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, and the Black River State Forest, all excellent destinations for cross country skiing.
- Devils Lake State Park and Mirror Lake State Park near Baraboo both offer exceptional trails for cross country skiers.
- Nine Mile Forest and Sylvan Hill Park in Wausau are two of the most popular places for cross country skiing in Wisconsin
- Getaway up north in Sturgeon Bay, and enjoy some wonderful winter recreation on the Ahnapee State Trail, at Whitefish Dunes State Park, where you can cross country ski along the bluffs of Lake Michigan.
- Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay is the perfect place for Beginners to test out their stamina on cross country ski trails.
- The Lapham Peak portion of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is located near Waukesha, and is a great place for cross country skiing. It offers one of the longest downhill portions of trail in the state. There's a warming hut along the trail, and both rentals and lighted night skiing are available.
- Mt. Ashwabay near Bayfield offers more than 40 km of cross country ski trails, and exceptional views of the area, including views of the Apostle Islands.
- Hartman Creek State Park in Waupaca is a beautiful place to spend the day cross country skiing. The nearby Iola Winter Sports Club is also a great place to spend the day (or night!) on the 20+ km of trails. They also host a ski jump, if you feel so inclined.
- Copper Falls State Park near Ashland offers multiple loops of classic and skate-groomed trails suitable for a variety of ability levels. The trails wind their way through a mature hardwood forest with scattered stands of tall pines, along with occasional spruce and balsam fir and several scenic views of the Bad River.
- Blue Mound State Park in Blue Mounds, home to the highest point in southern Wisconsin, features excellent cross country skiing opportunities for all abilities.
Ski the Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski Event in 2020
The American Birkebeiner Cross Country Ski event is North America's largest and most prestigious X-C ski marathon. It's an extraordinary event that will take place from February 22, 2020. In total, 12,000 cross country skiers from around the world will participate in the Birkebeiner (50k Skate/55k Classic), the 29K Kortelopet, Prince Haakon 15K, the children's Barnebirkie, and Junior Birkie.
The 107-kilometer Birkie Trail system, located between Hayward and Cable, Wisconsin, attracts a variety of athletes around the year, but is never more spectacular than it is during the winter.
The Best Lodging in Wisconsin
At the end of a long and active day in the great outdoors this winter, you'll be ready to put your feet up and relax. Make the most of these cold winter months, and enjoy getting out and exploring the beautiful state of Wisconsin! A great getaway isn't complete without exceptional lodging, which is exactly what you'll find at our member Bed and Breakfasts.
Our Innkeepers invest a lot of time and energy into curating the perfect experience for you. The experience starts with their impeccably prepared gourmet breakfasts and ends with clean, comfortable accommodations. In between, you'll find that every detail has been thoughtfully tended to, ensuring that you have an experience that is second to none. Use our search tool to find your next getaway today!