Where to Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Around Milwaukee

There are plenty of local spots for a day on the skis.

Lapham Park

W329 N846, County Rd. C, Delafield

Located in Kettle Moraine State Forest, this park boasts a whopping 17 miles of wintery, wooded trails for cross-country skiing. Groomed for both skate and classic cross-country skiing, the lighted park trails are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. year-round. A vehicle admission sticker is required to visit and a state trail pass is required to ski.

Minooka Park 

1927 E. Sunset Dr., Waukesha

Just west of Milwaukee lies Minooka park, the largest park in the Waukesha County Park System, spanning 579 acres. With tranquil trails for both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, there’s endless opportunity for fun amid the frost. The park is open from sunrise until 10 p.m., and parking is $6 per car.

Menomonee Park

W220 N7884 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls

At Menomonee Park, cross-country skiers can glide on tracks that wind around the 464-acre property. Although they don’t make their own snow, the trails have groomers to keep up with the natural snow conditions. The park is open from sunrise to 10 p.m.

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Brown Deer Park Ski Trails

7835 N. Green Bay Ave.

While the golf course is hidden under snow, you can cross-country ski across the Brown Deer Park ski trails. A fun 5k of frosted-over fairways, the course requires six inches of snow to be groomed for gliding and is open from dawn until 10 p.m.

Nashotah Park 

W330 N5113 County Rd. C, Nashotah

Available to cross-country skiers and snowshoers alike, Nashotah Park’s nature trails are nestled within the woods and chilly, snow-covered hills. The park offers and grooms 6 miles of ski trails over four loops for both skate and classic cross-country skiing. And if skis aren’t so much your speed, Nashotah Park also has ungroomed hiking trails for trekking in snowshoes. Like the other Waukesha County Parks, Nashotah opens at sunrise and closes at 10 p.m.

Before hitting any of these trails, check out grooming conditions and snow coverage at Travel Wisconsin’s Snow Report

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