Northwest Nordic Ski Club, a non-profit ski club catering to Chicago area cross-country skiing enthusiasts, is dedicated to encouraging participation in cross-country skiing. The group was founded 30+ years ago by cross country skiers in the northwest Chicago suburbs. Our activities encourage physical fitness, friendships and increased awareness of the outdoor environment.
The club may do some informal easy ski outings at a local park or golf course during the season, snow permitting. Contact Cary at firstname.lastname@example.org
The local River Prairie Group of the Sierra Club does an annual x-c ski clinic weekend in southern Michigan each January. See their website at illinois.sierraclub.org/rpg or e-mail Steve, email@example.com.
Camp Sagawau (on Ill. 83 near Lemont), a part of the Palos area Forest Preserve system, offers x-c ski lessons and rentals and has 6 km of groomed trails. To reserve a spot for a lesson, call 630-257-2045.
Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road (north of Rte. 22), Highland Park, 847-433-6901, offers rentals, has 3 miles of trails open when there is a 4-inch snow base, and may offer lessons this year.
Arrowhead Golf Course (26W151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton, 630-653-5800 ext. 4) rents equipment and opens the course for skiing if 6” of snow or more. Lessons on Saturdays starting in January; call Dan Novak, firstname.lastname@example.org 630-510-5117.
Sportsman's Country Club, 3535 Dundee Rd., Northbrook, offers groomed trails when there is a 4-6" base. They offer x-c ski lessons and rentals. Lessons begin on Saturdays in January, 10 A.M.-noon, $15 (not including equipment.) To sign up, call 847-292-2351, ext. 3.
Northerly Island, on the Chicago lakefront offers ski rentals and flat terrain for skiing.