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Northwoods Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

With such a wide variety of trail options, planning a cross country skiing or snowshoeing vacation in the Minocqua area is both easy and fun.

Cross-Country Skiing

Minocqua Winter Park is recognized as one of the top cross country ski areas in the Mid-West and provides a full range of services for the cross country skier including: 80 km (45 miles) of Piston Bully groomed terrain with 70 km groomed for both skating and striding and 10 km groomed for striding only.  Skijoring is allowed on a 6k loop every day except Saturday.  Open daily from 9am-5pm with lighted skiing in evenings until close and on Thursdays from 6pm-8pm.  There are two separate snowshoeing trails totaling 12k, and a beautiful ice skating pond. In 2011, Snow Tubing (with tow lift up the hill) was added.  Tubing runs are only open on the weekends: Saturday 12p-5p, Sunday 12p-5p! Private tubing parties are available in the evenings by appointments.  Chalet has a cafe, day lodge and heated waxing room, Ski shop - retail, rental and P.S.I.A. certified ski school.  For rates, directions and information call 715-356-3309 or visit our website at   http://www.minocquawinterpark.org

Open daily, Winter Park also features:

-Open telemarking slopes
-A 2 km lit base loop for evening skiing
-Chalet with cafe, day lodge and heated waxing room
-Nordic Kids Youth Ski Program
-Ski shop - retail, rental and a certified ski school
-Tubing hill, with tow rope
-Ice Skating Pond

SnowshoeingThe North Lakeland Discovery Center also maintains a 20-kilometer trail system for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The gentle terrain winds through the woods and along the lake, a bog, and nearby Manitowish River, allowing you to explore a variety of habitats- each with unique plants and animals. The trails are groomed and tracked for classic skiing. The center also offers a full calendar of programs, including guided ski trips, snowshoe outings and interpretive hikes.
More than ten additional cross-country ski trails are available in the area, many of which are in the Northern Highland- American Legion State Forest. These trails range in length, may be groomed or ungroomed and encompass a range of difficulties.

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

For a day of downhill skiing and snowboarding, destinations within an hours drive of Minocqua include Powderhorn and Blackjack in Bessemer, MI; Whitecap in Montreal, WI; Indianhead in Wakefield, MI; and Granite Peak in Wausau, WI.

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