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Cross-Country Skiing in Chippewa County


Winter months allow us to use our trails in a whole new way. There is something quite serene about traveling through the Northwoods on two skis with only the chirps of the birds and swoosh of your strides within earshot. Check out some of our favorite spots to explore during the snowy months. 

Brunet Island State Park (Cornell): Brunet Island has about 4.3 miles of cross-country ski trails groomed for classical style skiing only. The trails wind through rolling glacial hills and along the Fisher River. Call the park office for the latest trail conditions. During the winter months, the park's hiking trails have become popular routes for visitors to snowshoe. See the map here.

Lake Wissota State Park (Lafayette): About eight miles of cross-country ski trails are groomed for both traditional stride and skate skiing. Hikers, snowshoes, and pets must keep off the trails when they are snow-covered and groomed. See the map here

Hickory Ridge Cross-Country Ski Trail (Bloomer):  This trail winds through quiet and scenic northern hardwood forest. The trail system consists of multiple loops with rolling to steep grades.  All loops are challenging to the skiers and expertly groomed by the Friends of the Hickory Ridge Trail. The total trail length is approximately 27 kilometers. See the map here

Ice Age National Scenic Trail:  A 23-mile section of Wisconsin's Ice Age National Scenic Trail passes through county forestland and state-protected lands from the Interpretive Center in New Auburn to Brunet Island State Park in Cornell. The trail traverses an area that is heavily forested with numerous kettle lakes. This trail is reserved for foot-travel only like snowshoeing, hiking, and cross-country skiing. See the map here

Irvine Park & Zoo (Chippewa Falls) This Chippewa Falls favorite offers 2 miles of gently rolling terrain through a mature forest. The park also offers a free zoo, scenic dam, and other historical displays. See the map here.

Lake Wissota State Park (Lafayette): About eight miles of cross-country ski trails are groomed for both traditional stride and skate skiing. Hikers, snowshoes, and pets must keep off the trails when they are snow-covered and groomed. See the map here. 

Old Abe State Trail (Chippewa Falls, Cornell, Jim Falls, Lafayette, Lake Hallie)  This is a 37-mile state trail that starts in Cornell and then carries on through Chippewa County until it reaches its Eau Claire connection point. Skiers will find the trails lightly groomed as they follow along the bends and curves of the Chippewa River taking in scenic farmland and natural spaces. See the map here.  

River Road Cross Country Ski Trail (Cornell):  This trail is located along the Chippewa River, approximately 2.5 miles north of the City of Cornell. The trail will challenge intermediate and advanced skiers through rolling terrain  Beginning skiers will find the River Road itself to be a good place to practice their strides. Skiers are welcome to ski with their well-behaved dogs on this trail system! The total length is 5.6 kilometers. Please refer to the map for lengths of individual trail segments.