Cross-Country Skiing/Snow Shoeing/Tubbing

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 03/09/2017: Closed

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 03/09/2017: 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 03/09/2017: All ski trails are closed for the season.
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 03/09/2017:  The trails are in “spring like condition” at this time!
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 and are in very spring-like condition.

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. Spring-like.

Mt Ashwabay: website www.mtashwabay.org
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 03/09/2017:   Co​nditions: The Cross Country Trails are not accessible due to a lot of debris that has fallen on the trails at this time. Tubing and downhill trails will be open this coming Friday night and Saturday all day.
Comments: For the most up-to-date report, check their Facebook page for status updates, https://www.facebook.com/mtashwabay, 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 and skating. Teuton loops are classic and more difficult.
Directions: Take U.S. Hwy. 2 west. Turn left on Hwy. 13 north. Follow Hwy. 13 for 6.7 miles to County Hwy. C in Washburn. Turn left on Hwy. C and drive 8.5 miles to the trail head.
Conditions on the Teuton and Valkyrie trails  3/09/2017:  Spring Like! 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.

For a cross-country ski trail report, check out these websites:
Norwiski.com
Travelashlandcounty.com
Mount Ashwabay

Snowshoe 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 two loops designated as snowshoe/walking trails totaling 5.5 km. All of the park’s trails are generally well-groomed and maintained.
Directions: From Ashland, drive south on State Hwy. 13 to Mellen. Turn left on Hwy. 169. Follow the signs to the park, approximately 2.5 miles
Conditions on 3/09/2017:  Trails are in very Spring Like Condition.  Please call 715/274-5123 for the most up-to-date conditions.
NOTE: Hikers and snowshoers are not allowed on designated cross-country ski trails when the trails are snow-covered.

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center allows guests to check out snowshoes and use them on the trails behind the center. Both youth and adult sizes are available.
As of  3/9/2017: Spring like condition and walk-able.

St. Peter’s Dome – Sorry to report but St. Peter’s Dome is CLOSED due to the storms that took place this past summer.  For safety reasons, please adhere to this closure.  We hope to have them open for the 2017-2018 season.

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:
 OPEN to snowshoeing as conditions allow.

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 Road and travel approximately 4 blocks to Middle Road.  Take a left on Middle Road (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: Spring like conditions. The trails at Big Bay are all-use and will be packed during the winter but not groomed. 

Houghton Falls: To get to Houghton Falls, take U.S. Hwy. 2 to State Hwy. 13 north of Ashland and travel 3.5 miles north of Washburn on Hwy. 13. Turn right on Houghton Falls Road and go 1/2 mile to Houghton Falls Nature Preserve parking lot on your right. There is currently no fee for hiking or parking and pets are allowed if leashed and cleaned up after!

Mt Ashwabay: website www.mtashwabay.org
Mt. Ashwabay offers both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in a magnificent setting featuring stunning views of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Chequamegon National Forest. The XC 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.
Click here for a PDF version of Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoe trails.

Downhill Skiing

Mt Ashwabay: 
Co​nditions: 03/09/2017  Co​nditions: -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!

Freestyle terrain: 03/03/2017   Co​nditions: Good.  Plan on being open through March 11th!

RENTALS  * Don’t have skis or snowshoes?

Tubbing:

Mt. Ashwabay:   There’s more to our ski hill than just skiing and snowboarding. Kick up your feet and enjoy a ride on our new lighted tubing lanes.  Our new tubing lift makes it easy to ride again and again! Conditions: 03/09/2017:  Co​nditions: Good. Plan on being open through March 11th!

Fat Bike Trails

Mt. Ashwabay: website
Fat bike trails have not been groomed yet, but we will post updates here as we get them.

Dog Trail:

Mt. Ashwabay:  New this year is the Sugar Bush Dog Trail.  For more information click the link.