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
TRAILS ARE GROOMED FOR DIAGONAL STRIDING ONLY. NO SKATE SKIING.
Trail Conditions 12/5/14
With the early snow and the cold weather, it seems a lot of people are getting the itch to get out there and start skiing. Depending on the condition of the snow (wet and heavy, cold and fluffy, or anywhere in between), it usually takes around 6" - 8" of new snow on the ground to have sufficient cover before we can groom the first time. That hasn't happenned yet. Thawing reduces the snow cover. Without sufficient base, the track setter will cut through the to bare ground underneath the snow.
Keep watching this website for current trail conditions. They are updated whenever we groom and sometimes in between.
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.