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 as of 12/09/13
We usually need around 6+ inches of snow on the ground and temps in the mid 20s or below before we can groom for the first time. The actual amount is dependent upon the consistency/moisture content of the snow, i.e., the 2" + of snow last night (12/8) was very light and fluffy. Snow like that may take 10-12" before grooming would be possible and then it would have to be substantially packed before we could set tracks. Higher moisture snow works best for getting the base set up the first time. Keep an eye on this website. It will be updated as soon as we are to groom and regularly thereafter, at least as often as everytime we groom.
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.
When skiing down bigger hills, take one ski out of the track. This does a couple of things for you. First, it widens your base and makes you more stable going down the hill. Second, it gives you the ability to snowplow to control your speed and to turn. If you see a left hand turn coming up, take the right ski out of the track and vice-versa for a right hand turn.