Cross-country Skiing & Snowshoeing
Escape into peaceful powder
The loudest sound you’ll hear on the trails around Land O’ Lakes is your boots clipping into your bindings. The forests of Land O’ Lakes are a silent wonderland in the winter, a dramatic white landscape of snow-covered, rolling glacial terrain. Trails will take you into the heart of the world. You’ll find miles of well-maintained trails groomed for skate and classic-style cross-country skiing. Land O’ Lakes receives large amounts of snow each winter – some places in the area get as much as 200 inches. All this snow makes Land O’ Lakes the perfect place for a winter trails getaway.
Just north of Land O’ Lakes, you’ll find the Land O’ Lakes Cross-Country Ski Trails. Located in the Ottawa National Forest, the trails include seven miles of groomed routes and loops that can accommodate all levels of skiers.
A bit further north, you’ll find the Sylvania Outfitters Ski Trails. These trails are also located in the Ottawa National Forest. You’ll find a 25-kilometer network of groomed trails that winds through scenic hardwood forests. The trails are maintained by Sylvania Outfitters, which rents and sells ski gear. About 12 miles south of Land O’ Lakes, Afterglow Lake Resort offers trails groomed for classic and skate cross-country skiing in 240 acres of mixed forest. Afterglow also maintains fat tire biking and snowshoeing trails.
Snowshoeing routes around Land O’ Lakes are as endless as the forests. The Ottawa National Forest, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and the Sylvania Wilderness Area all have miles of on-trail and unlimited off-trail snowshoeing options. In numerous places, boat landings provide good places to start a hike on a frozen lake – just be sure to check the ice conditions with locals before starting your trek. Additionally, you can check the latest snow conditions here.
Whatever route you choose is likely to be spectacular in Land O’ Lakes, and you can be assured it will be beautifully quiet.