The Machickanee Cross Country Ski Trails were originally planned and developed by local skiers in the Oconto County Forest with the cooperation of the Oconto County Land , Forest , and Parks Committee. The current trail system has resulted from the efforts of many volunteers who have donated their time, money, and energy since 1978. In 1982, the Machickanee Cross Country Ski Club was formed to organize those efforts.
The trails lead through a series of forest types, including red pine plantations, coniferous swamps, oak ridges, and birch and aspen stands. They undulate through topography ranging from creek bottoms to ridge tops. Numerous hills and curves of various slopes and lengths make this course a challenge for the intermediate to advanced skiers.
The Machickanee Cross Country Ski Trails also include a beginner loop that can be enjoyed by skiers of all ability levels.
Current Trail Conditions
Trail Conditions 3/25/14
After a terrific candlelight ski on 3/8 and good skiing on 3/9, the season came to an abrupt end the following week. There is still plenty of snow but it is hard, crusty, and dirty. Hard core skiers may still be able to ski stretches of the trail if they use klister wax or catch it as the temp warms up above freezing and the crust softens just a bit. If you want to try it, Blackberry Ramble and Coral Berry would be the best bets and be super careful on any hills. Grooming is finished for the season.
Counting Christmas and New Years as weekends, we had 14 consecutive weekends of good skiing, probably the most ever!
Waxless skis need to be waxed! Waxless refers to the kick area only. The glide area (tips and tails) are no different than waxable skis and need to be waxed. Unless you do a lot of skiing, waxing the tips and tails once a year should be sufficient. You can also use a silicone or similar spray, but that is very temporary. Contact us if you would like your skis waxed. We can also teach you quickly how to do it yourself. Otherwise, bring your skis to a ski shop to have it done.