Cross-country skiing

Trek the Trails

Welcome to some of the best cross-country skiing in the Midwest. Vilas County has all the ingredients of a fantastic ski destination. We’re located in the heart of the Lake Superior snowbelt, so we gets lots of lake effect snow– on average, about 76 inches of snowfall each year. We have hundreds of miles of trails, including miles of trails groomed for skate skiing and endless backcountry options. Wherever you are in Vilas County, you’re within minutes of a cross-country ski trail.

Our trails are easy to find. Order a copy of our free Vilas County Silent Sports Trail Map or download the Map It Vilas County trails app to see trail info for the entire county. These resources will help you explore every beautiful trail and give you a little peace of mind as you’re enjoying the far reaches of our wilderness areas.

Vilas County also has everything to support your winter adventures. Need a ski rental? Vilas County has you covered. You can get your skis waxed here and you’ll also find retailers offering the latest apparel and gear. You’ll find everything from beginner ski packages to high-end racing skis.

Competitive skiers, or those just seeking a good workout, should consider racing one of Vilas County’s ski events. They draw some strong competition but are also welcoming to new participants.

Vilas County has all the trailside amenities you need, including cozy restaurants and pubs that are great places to refuel between ski adventures. Lodging is plentiful and close to the trails so you can take full advantage of your time here.

Plan your Vilas County cross-country skiing adventure today!

See cross-country skiing itinerary.