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Skiing – Cross Country and Downhill

Cross Country Skiing:

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Ashland Ski Trails: Most trails provide a combination of skating and classical skiing with two trails for classical only. The trails are gently rolling to flat terrain meandering through pine forest comprising several loops totaling 5 kilometers. The trails are maintained by volunteers. ASTA (Ashland Ski Trail Association) receives no funding from city, state, or federal governments. They ask for a nominal $3.00 donation when using the trail to help continue the operation and maintenance of the trails.
Directions: From U.S. Hwy. 2 turn south on Beaser Avenue. Travel approximately 1 mile to Maple Lane. Turn right on Maple Lane and travel west to the third driveway on the right. Turn right into the parking area.
Conditions on 3/03/2017:  Rolled.  Rock skis suggested.

Chequamegon Bay Golf Club Cross-Country Ski Trail, 3000 Golf Course Road. You can catch the trail just west of the 19th hole (clubhouse). Nestled among the trees and rolling terrain overlooking the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior, Chequamegon Bay Golf Club is one of northern Wisconsin’s finest golf challenges. Enjoy some of the area’s most awe-inspiring scenery as you ski this trail.
Conditions on 3/03/2017: CLOSED
Please help to keep the golf course in good shape.  Do not ski on the course until their is enough snow.
One important reminder: No dogs or snowshoes are allowed on these trails.

Copper Falls State Park: Trails come complete with spectacular river scenery, including copper-colored water and numerous frozen rapids and waterfalls. The park has four classic-only loops, beginner-intermediate, totaling 11.4 km. Copper Falls also boasts two skate/classic combination loops totaling 10.5 km. All of the park’s trails are generally well-groomed and maintained.
Directions: From Ashland, drive south on Hwy. 13 to Mellen. Turn left on Hwy. 169. Follow the signs to the park, approximately 2.5 miles
Conditions on 3/03/2017:  The trails are in “spring like condition” at this time!  Groomed but patchy.  Skate better than Classic.  Rock Skis suggested.
Please call 715/274-5123 for the most up-to-date trail conditions. You will need a current parking pass to ski or hike these trails.
Please remember: Pets are not allowed on the winter trails aside from the 2.5-mile Red Granite Falls trail, where they are welcome as long as they are on a leash and under control.

Penokee Mountain Trail: One-way interconnecting loops in the Chequamegon National Forest. More Difficult/Classical.
Directions: From Ashland, drive south on State Hwy. 13 for 24 miles to Mellen. Turn right (west) on Hwy GG and drive 3 miles to trail.
Conditions on 3/03/2017:  The trails are in springlike conditions.No grooming at this time..  Rock-skis suggested. 
Please remember to pay your fee if you use the trail. Parking on Quarry Road and skiing or hiking the trail requires an annual pass or proof of payment.
For the most up-to-date trail report, please call 715/264-2511.

The Capser Trail on Madeline Island:
The main trail runs from Big Bay Road to Middle Road – and the Nucy Meech Trail runs off the main trail.  With towering snow covered pines around, it’s a perfect spot for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at an easy pace.
Directions: The Capser Trail is located about 1/2 mile from the ice road approach – across from the La Pointe Fire Hall on Big Bay Road.
Conditions: Trails are not groomed.

Big Bay State Park:
State Park vehicle stickers or a daily fee is required.
Directions:  To get to Big Bay State Park from the ice road approach in La Pointe:  Once off the ice road, take a right on Sunny Slope Road and travel approximately .5 miles to Big Bay Road.  Take a right on Big Bay Rd. and travel approximately 4 blocks to Middle Road.  Take a left on Middle Rd. (will eventually turn into Hagen Road) and follow the State Park signs for approximately 7 miles to the entrance of Big Bay State Park.
Conditions: The trails at Big Bay are all-use and will be packed during the winter but not groomed. 

Mt Ashwabay: website
Mt. Ashwabay offers cross-country skiing in a magnificent setting featuring stunning views of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Chequamegon National Forest. Cross-country trails cover 30km with ratings from beginner to expert. All trails are groomed and tracked weekly or more frequently as necessary. The cross-country trails are open for snowshoeing, and the same trail fee is good for either XC or snowshoes.
Directions: From Ashland, take U.S. Hwy. 2 west to State Hwy. 13 north. Continue on Hwy. 13 through Washburn, then drive about 10 miles toward Bayfield. Turn left on Ski Hill Road.
Nordic conditions on 03/01/2017:   Co​nditions: Conditions looked very good everywhere we groomed, probably a bit soft yet.  SkateAnchor, Seagull, Roller Coaster, Telford, Jolly Long, and the Sugarbush Dog Trail.  Classic: tracked: Anchor, Seagull, Roller Coaster, Telford, Jolly Long, Sugarbush Dog Trail, Sugarbush, Oppedahl’s, Birch Hill, Black Bear, and Deerpath – from Sugarbush to Black Bear.
Comments: For the most up-to-date report, check their Facebook page for status updates,, or call 715/779-3227.

FAT BIKE TRAILS: Fat bike trails have not been groomed yet, but we will post updates here as we get them.

Mt. Valhalla -Teuton and Valkyrie Ski Trails: Valhalla Winter Sports Area is nestled in the Chequamegon National Forest. It offers two systems of cross-country ski trails developed by the U.S. Forest Service and groomed by local volunteers. The three Valkyrie loops run through red and Jack pine forests, with magnificent views of the area on the Sun Bowl Loop. The Teton Ski Trail also features three loops in a mixed birch and maple forest with a roller coaster near the end of Loop B. C Loop is groomed for skating. Valkyrie loops are easy and
good for classic & skating. Teuton loops are classic and more difficult.
Directions: Take U.S. Hwy. 2 west. Turn left on State Highway 13 north. Follow Hwy. 13 for 6.7 miles to County Hwy. C in Washburn. Turn left on C and drive 8.5 miles to the trailhead.
Conditions on the Teuton and Valkyrie trails 03/03/2017:  Spring Like. Trails were rolled.  Parking not the best.  
Please note that fat tire bikes are not an authorized use on any of the trails. Many roads across the forest are packed down by snowmobile use and maybe utilized for fat tire bike use. Pick up your Motorized Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) to see what roads maybe available to ride.  The warming room and chalet are open for the season and also have maps and information.

Report any new down trees that need to be cut off the trails at (715) 373-2667 and select 1 from the menu. The parking lots, paths, and around facilities are icy- please use care when walking or driving.  A big storm with lots of snow is needed now!!

Please note that fat tire bikes are not an authorized use on any of the trails. Many roads across the forest are packed down by snowmobile use and maybe utilized for fat tire bike use. Pick up your Motorized Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) to see what roads maybe available to ride.
Please remember: Snowshoeing and dogs are prohibited on the groomed trails. See the posted instructions at the trail entrances, chalet, warming room, and fee stations.

Downhill Skiing

Mt. Ashwabay: website

Co​nditions: 03/01/2017  -Base: 12-18 inches variable, machine groomed.
 -Chairlift and Handle-tow both open  -100% open, but ski with caution. Portway, Little Joe, D-4, Swiss Miss, Hemlock, the Drop, Skein Glades, and Jodi’s are all open.  There may be some thin spots, please ski carefully! plan on being open through March 11th!

Freestyle terrain:  

Conditions 03/03/2017: Plan on being open through March 11th!

Click here for information on tubing and snowshoeing.