New to skiing? Discover your ski legs in Vilas County. Don’t have equipment? You can rent skis here, and there are lots of short and gentle trail loops that are good places to practice your technique. Most people start out classic skiing, the more traditional type of skiing where one skis in parallel tracks. Others prefer skate skiing, a type of skiing where the skier glides in a V pattern. Vilas County features both types of trails. Just remember to dress in layers – one can get very warm skiing – and practice your glide, shifting your weight onto the ski that’s going forward. When you go up hills, use a herringbone pattern and point your skis inward when you’re going downhill. Take your time, and take in the scenery. The woods are beautiful in the winter, and you’re learning a fun new way to experience Vilas County. Some good trails for beginners include those in Boulder Junction Winter Park, the Nordmarka Trails in Eagle River and the North Lakeland School Nature/Cross-Country Ski Trail System in Manitowish Waters.