If you work during the day it does not mean you have to wait for the weekend to cross-country ski. Thanks to lighted trails in several Wisconsin State Parks, you can ski on the weekday too. Even if you live in the Chicago, it is possible for a cross-country ski adventure in Wisconsin.
I left Chicago at 4 p.m. last Thursday on my way up to the Upper Peninsula for a cross-country ski weekend in the land of enormous snow drifts. I wanted to ski a little bit on the way up, so I stopped for a stretch and a couple miles of skiing at the Greenbush ski trails in the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.
The Brown Trail in the Greenbush trails is lit up with beautiful lights in the morning between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m. and at night until 9:30 p.m. It took me about two hours to navigate Milwaukee traffic, and I reached the parking lot around 6:30 p.m.
The lighted trail is only a mile long, but it was a great little ski as I did the trail six times before packing it in for the evening. The lighted trail in Lapham Peak is close to 3 miles, so it is a little less monotonous to ski this trail.
It is a lot of driving to come up north two hours, ski for an hour or two, and drive back, but how often is there ski on the ground in the Chicago area. Sure you will be tired if you have to work the next day, but it is great to know you experienced a great adventure the night before.
Wisconsin is home to many ski areas with lighted trails, so it is great to know even if you arrive late, you can get a jump on the skiing. Besides North Kettle Moraine and Lapham Peak, Nine Mile Recreation Area in Wausau, Pahlmquist Farm near Tomahawk, and the Birkie Trail are also notable systems with lighted trails.
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