Nordic Ski Club OF Milwaukee

Cross-country Ski, Bike, Hike and More!

The Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee is a year-round recreation and social club.

Members arrange cross-country ski and snowshoe trips to northern Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and throughout the southeastern Wisconsin area. When the snow disappears, members enjoy • biking • camping • hiking • canoeing/ kayaking. Social events include • winter and summer picnics • monthly meetings • dining • board games • hiking and more. Cross-country ski lessons - both classic and skate - are offered during most outings.


About The Nordics

The Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee was founded in 1971 to promote cross-country skiing in Wisconsin. Club founders helped design many ski trails in the Kettle Moraine State Forest including the McMiller and Nordic Trails.

The Nordics welcome members of all ages. Members come from southeast Wisconsin, Madison and Chicago areas.

Monthly Meetings run fro
m September to April; usually on the third Friday of the month. Check the Upcoming Events schedule for meeting dates, locations and topics.
  • October Meeting – Ski Trip Sign-up
  • December Meeting – Holiday Party
  • January - Winter Picnic and Ski Lessons
  • March Meeting – Annual Elections and Pot Luck Dinner
  • April Meeting – Fundraising for XC-related activities, organizations and trails.

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Ski Trails

Lapham Peak State Forest: 17.5 miles including 2.5 miles of lighted trail. Groomed for skate/freestyle and classical/diagonal; beginner, intermediate and expert skier. Mix of gentle and hilly terrain with steep climbs and descents.

Nordic Trail: Named for the Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee. 18.2 miles of trails; 7 ski loops. Groomed for skate/free style and classical/diagonal; beginner, intermediate and expert skier. Gentle, rolling and steep terrain.

Brown Deer Park: 4.5 miles of trails. Groomed for skate/freestyle and classical/diagonal; beginner and intermediate skier. Flat, gentle terrain; wooded and open.

Too energetic to stay cooped
up all winter?
Do you like to Cross-Country Ski?
Or would you like to learn?
Looking for a year-round club
to meet new friends?

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Volunteer Activities

Active volunteer members arrange ski and snowshoe trips to northern Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and in the Milwaukee area.

Our club is involved with the Wisconsin Nordic Network and are a sponsor of the Kortelopet Scholarship program. We voice our concerns to the State about conservation of ski/hiking trails in State forests and we help maintain trails.


Winter Ski Trips

Mark your calendar for the Nordic Ski Club of Milwaukee’s 2019 winter ski trips! Signup for these trips will begin on October 19, 2018.

Keweenaw Peninsula, MI Ski Trip
Dec. 29, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019

Marquette, MI Ski Trip
January 19 – 21, 2019

Minocqua Winter Park Ski Trip
February 8 – 10, 2019

Valley Spur Ski Trip
March 1 – 3, 2019

Snow Mountain Ranch, CO Ski Trip
March 16 – 23, 2019

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Etiquette for Cross-Country Skiers

  • Don’t ski on closed trails or foot trails.
  • When stopped, step to the side, out of tracks.
  • Yield the trail to skiers that overtake you from behind.
  • If you fall, move off the track as quickly as possible.
  • Skate skiers should stay off classic tracks.
  • Know the trail difficulty symbols and ski within your abilities.

Etiquette for Snowshoers

  • Snowshoe in designated areas and keep off groomed ski trails.
  • Give skiers the right of way.
  • Step across groomed tracks to avoid  crushing them and tripping a skier.

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