Serving Chicagoland Area Cross Country Ski Enthusists

Northwest Nordic Ski Club

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 20 years ago by cross country skiers in the northwest Chicago suburbs.  Our activities encourage physical fitness, friendships and increased awareness of the outdoor environment.

Beginner information:

For a list of places to buy ski and/or rent xcountry ski equipment click here

For a list of places the ski club typically ski at click here

The club may do some informal easy ski outings at a local park or golf course

during the season, snow permitting. Contact Cary at

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.

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 or e-mail Steve,

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; contact Dan Novak at,


Northerly Island on the Chicago lakefront offers ski rentals and flat terrain for skiing.

GUESS the amount of SNOW for this season...See Club Info for details!

   Cross country skiing is great if you live in a small country. ~Steven Wright

From local day trips to week long trips to great x-country destinations in the Midwest and beyond, NNSC offers something for everyone!


Breaking News

Click HERE for some Club trip pictures past and present (note: come back as this will get more pictures added over time).


Upcoming Club Meeting

You are invited to Northwest Nordic Start Of Season Meeting!

Tues., Nov. 29 7:30 P.M.

NNSC cross country skiing presentation at Mount Prospect Library, register at or 847-253-5675.

More 2016-2017 CLUB TRIP AND MEETING SCHEDULE can be found HERE!