Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

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Rusk County has an extensive and growing selection of silent sports trails and endless opportunities for backcountry cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The Blue Hills Trail System offers 26 miles of groomed routes. The Sisters' Farm Trail System, located southwest of Ladysmith, runs along the Flambeau River. And, the Ladysmith High School Trail lighted loop is a popular skiing opportunity. Snowshoers can trek along the Greenwood Park Trail in Ladysmith or at the Reclaimed Flambeau Mine Nature Trails. Snowshoes are available free of charge for day use at the Rusk County Visitor Center.

Latest Information


Snow & Trail Condition Update - March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019 1:51 pm Published by

Snowmobile Trails

Effective immediately all Rusk County Snowmobile Trails are closed.  Please respect clubs and landowners and stay off of the trails.

Want more detailed condition updates, check out a new Facebook page that is being maintained with up-to-date trail and groomer reports.  https://www.facebook.com/RideRusk/

Cross-Country Ski Trails 
Even with warmer temps trails are in good condition in most spots, and some grooming is still occurring.  The forecast is calling for subfreezing overnight conditions so that will help maintain trails.

Today's Report from the Blue Hills Trails -
The base is generous. March freeze/thaw cycles have arrived. Since the grooming frequency will be decreasing now, try to time your visit to coincide with each morning's 'magic window' when rising temps and sunshine create a softening skiable trail surface.

Wide flat skate deck, very good conditions today. Nearly effortless skating Sunday morning thanks to grooming creating a fresh sugar snow corduroy that provided good edge control on the rocket fast trails. Unfortunately the base is so hard that it can't be dented to set a classic track.

WE'VE GONE TO THE DOGS! For the rest of the winter, we'll limit our grooming to the East Side trails. DOGS ARE WELCOME ON THE EAST SIDE TRAILS THE REMAINDER OF THE SNOW SEASON. Dogs are always welcome on the West Side trails.

NOTE: the West Side trails remain very skiable, they just won't receive grooming.
Be sure to visit the website for more info regarding trail conditions: bluehillstrail.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Hills-Trail/200414469916

Ladysmith Area Trails
Today's Report from the Sisters Farm Trails -

The west side fat bike trails were groomed last night and they should set up well. With some moisture the next couple of days the riding should be excellent this weekend. With the warm temps and rain in the forecast please stay off the trails if they are soft.

Ski. Jim tolled the east side trails and they also are in pretty good shape. He will maybe do a run over on Friday after the rain to set them up for the weekend.

Fat tire bike trail is groomed

Blue Hills Trails
http://www.bluehillstrail.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Hills-Trail/200414469916

Ladysmith Area Trails
https://www.facebook.com/LadysmithAreaTrailAssociation/
Don't forget the Blue Hills Trails and Flambeau Mine Trails (Ladysmith) have snowshoe paths, and the Sisters Farm Trails by Ladysmith are grooming for Fat Tire Biking

Christie Mountain downhill ski area is also open and reporting excellent conditions.
http://www.christiemountain.com

Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing Options


Trails

Blue Hills Trails System

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Blue Hills Trails System 45.536475 -91.407087


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(715) 532-6595 https://ruskcountywi.com/blue-hills-trails-system/

Trails

Copper Park Equestrian Trails

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Copper Park Equestrian Trails 45.436722 -91.113589

N4100 WI-27
Ladysmith,WI 54848

(715) 415-2400 https://ruskcountywi.com/copper-park-equestrian-trails/

Trails

Flambeau River State Forest Trails

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Flambeau River State Forest Trails 45.691724 -90.758888

W1613 County Rd W
Winter,WI 54896

(715) 332-5271 https://ruskcountywi.com/flambeau-river-state-forest-trails/

Parks

Greenwood Park

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Greenwood Park 45.470909 -91.083010


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https://ruskcountywi.com/greenwood-park/

Trails

Ice Age Trail

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Ice Age Trail 45.574058 -91.512483


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https://ruskcountywi.com/ice-age-trail/

Trails

Ladysmith High School Trail

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Ladysmith High School Trail 45.471588 -91.075274

1700 Edgewood Ave E
Ladysmith,WI 54848

https://ruskcountywi.com/ladysmith-high-school-trail/

Wildlife Areas

Potato Creek Wildlife Area

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Potato Creek Wildlife Area 45.340025 -91.400090


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https://ruskcountywi.com/potato-creek-wildlife-area/

Trails

Reclaimed Flambeau Mine Nature Trails

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Reclaimed Flambeau Mine Nature Trails 45.442353 -91.117859

N4100 Highway 27
Ladysmith,WI 54848

https://ruskcountywi.com/reclaimed-flambeau-mine-nature-trails/

Trails

Riverview Trail

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Riverview Trail 45.457946 -91.082157

716 Co Hwy G
Ladysmith,WI 54848

https://ruskcountywi.com/riverview-trail/

Wildlife Areas

Silvernail Wildlife Area

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Silvernail Wildlife Area 45.625941 -90.980550


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https://ruskcountywi.com/silvernail-wildlife-area/

Trails

Sisters' Farm Trail System

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Sisters' Farm Trail System


https://ruskcountywi.com/sisters-farm-trail-system/

Recreation

Snowshoes

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Snowshoes

205 W 9th St S
Ladysmith ,WI 54848

715-532-2642 https://ruskcountywi.com/snowshoes/

Wildlife Areas

Ten Mile Creek Wildlife Area

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Ten Mile Creek Wildlife Area 45.318301 -91.532371

Ricebed Road
Chetek,WI 54728

https://ruskcountywi.com/ten-mile-creek-wildlife-area/

Recreation

The Blue Hills

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The Blue Hills 45.536475 -91.407087


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(715) 532-6595 https://ruskcountywi.com/the-blue-hills/

Wildlife Areas

Washington Creek Wildlife Area

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Washington Creek Wildlife Area 45.336835 -91.244196


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https://ruskcountywi.com/washington-creek-wildlife-area/

What you need to know about the Blue Hills

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What you need to know about the Blue Hills


https://ruskcountywi.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-blue-hills/